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Dr Chia-Lin Chen

Lecturer in Urban Planning Geography and Planning


Personal Statement

Chia-Lin received her PhD degree in Urban and Regional Planning Studies at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (UCL) in 2013 and a consequent academic career in the UK and China. Chia-Lin joined the Department of Geography and Planning in September 2018. Prior to joining UoL, she was a lecturer in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University (2015-2018). She has a cross-disciplinary trajectory of education and career development in relation to built environment. After her first two degrees in architecture, she passed two national exams to be qualified as architect and civil servant in Taiwan. Consequently, she worked as a civil servant in the urban and regional planning bureau in two local governments (2000-2006). With such valuable practical experiences, she has deeper insight into how complex policy- and decision- making and implementation processes take place on the ground.

Her research interests lie in exploring the relationship between transport and territorial development on multiple spatial scales and associated planning issues such as inequality, polarisation, segregation etc., seeking possible strategies, solutions and policy implications by research and design. Chia-Lin has published widely in the field of transport geography, territorial transformation and strategic planning, establishing her international research recognition on the topic of high-speed rail (HSR) and its wider spatial-economic impacts in the urban and regional transformation. She contributed to a couple of research consultancy work commissioned by Asian Development Bank and International Transport Forum, OECD. She is Vice Chair and Steering Committee Member of Transport and Geography Commission, International Geographical Union (2016- 2020). From 2018, she has been on the international editorial board of Journal of Transport Geography and a member of Award Committee for Regional Studies Association.

Personal Distinctions

  • Guest lecture on 27 February (Invitation to Speak, Department of Architecture and Cities, University of Westminster, UK 2019)
  • Public Seminar on 30 November (Invitation to Speak, Department of Geography, National Taiwan University 2018)
  • Guest lecture on 1 December (Invitation to Speak, Suzhou University of Science and Technology, China 2017)
  • The 10th International Sustainable Urban Transport Systems Forum “Mobility and Governance for New Urbanization”, 18-19 November. (Invitation to Speak, Institut franco-chinois d’ingénierie et de management, Tongji University, China 2017)
  • Lecture Series "Urban Development Strategies and Policies" on 2 November (Invitation to Speak, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, China 2017)
  • Symposium of the World Bank funded “Suzhou Old Town Congestion Charge Study” project in Yang Cheng Lake Campus, Suzhou University on 30 March (Invitation to Speak, SZPD (Suzhou Planning & Design Research Institute Co Ltd), China 2017)
  • Public Seminar on 26 September (Invitation to Speak, David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) 2016)
  • Seminar on Tram and Bus Services in the UK and France: Growth and Roles (Invitation to Speak, Transport Statistics User Group, Department for Transport, UK 2014)
  • The final event of the EU SYNAPTIC project in Manchester Town Hall on 18 June 2013 (Invitation to Speak, Organised by ICMA, BAPTS, SINTROPHER & ROCK (4 Interreg IVB Mobility Projects) 2013)
  • Seminar on Rail and Urban Development: A Comparative Approach (UK/France) at University of Liverpool, UK, 30 November 2012 (Invitation to Speak, French and British Planning Studies Group (AESOP) 2012)
  • Three-year full Scholarship for studying abroad on "Sustainable Development of Built Environment" (Ministry of Education in Taiwan 2006)

Administrative Roles

  • 2019: Co-organiser: Lecture Series "Comparing Cities" in London Campus
  • 2017-2018: Undergraduate Year 4 Co-ordinator (Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University)
  • 2016-2018: Members of Research Committee, Research Grant Sub-committee, Research Review Panel, Academic Partnership Sub-committee (Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University)
  • 2016-2018: Departmental Research Officer (Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University)
  • 2015-2017: Departmental International Liaison Officer (Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University)

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