Dr. Pengyu Zhu joined the faculty in the Department of Community and Regional
Planning in 2011 after earning his Ph.D. in Policy, Planning and Development from the
University of Southern California. He has taught courses on transportation and land use,
transportation economics, economics applications to planning and policy, research
methods, and urban design and site plan studios. 

Dr. Zhu’s research focuses on four areas: Transportation--Land Use--Urban Form nexus;
Travel Behavior and Location Choice; Links between Transportation and Economic
Development (e.g. mobility, accessibility and labor market success; transportation
finance and the economic impacts of transportation infrastructure); International
Development Issues (e.g. high-speed rail investment and urban development in China). 

His work has been published in journals such as Landscape and Urban Planning, Annals of
Regional Sciences, Transportation, Urban Studies, Urban Geography, Regional Science and
Urban Economics, and International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. In
2011, he was awarded the 25th Charles M. Tiebout Prize in Regional Science. In 2014, he
was awarded the Regional Science Springer Prize, for outstanding paper in the field of
Regional Science. Before joining academia, he has worked as Chief Planner and Project
Manager in several international urban planning and design firms. 

Refereed Journal Articles

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The Impact of Telecommuting on Personal Vehicle Usage and Environmental Sustainability (with Susan G. Mason), International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology (2014)

To understand whether telecommuting could be part of the policy solutions for greenhouse gas (GHG)...

 

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Does Residence in an Ethnic Community Help Immigrants in a Recession? (with Cathy Yang Liu and Gary Painter), Regional Science and Urban Economics (2013)

Research on how the residential segregation of immigrant populations has impacted their labor market outcomes...

 

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Telecommuting, Household Commute and Location Choice, Urban Studies (2013)

Previous empirical studies have made contributions to the understanding of the impact of telecommuting on...

 

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Donor States and Donee States: Investigating Geographic Redistribution of the US Federal-Aid Highway Program 1974-2008 (with Jeffrey R. Brown), Transportation (2013)

In 2009, the US government spent more than $42 billion on the federal-aid highway program....

 

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Are Telecommuting and Personal Travel Complements or Substitutes?, Annals of Regional Science (2012)

Whether telecommuting and personal travel are complements or substitutes is a key question in urban...

 

Contributions to Books

Understanding Large Land Holders on the Urban Fringe: A Supply-Side Perspective (with Raphael W. Bostic), The Impact of Large Landowners on Land Markets (2009)
 

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Boise City-Nampa MSA Employment and Industry Analysis (with Susan Mason, John Van Dyke, Debbie Kaylor, and Phil Gardner), Collegiate Employment/Workforce Readiness Report, Boise State University (2013)

This report is the first component of a four-part study on skills alignment of Boise...