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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.

Prizes or Honours

  • Three-year full Scholarship for studying abroad on "Sustainable Development of Built Environment" (Ministry of Education in Taiwan , 2006)