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About Pengyu Zhu

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

Dr. Zhu’s research focuses on three areas of Urban Policy and Urban Planning: Transportation, Land Use, and Economic Development. More importantly, he takes an expansive view of these three areas and study the interactions among them.   
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, Economic Development Quarterly, Cities, and International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. Moreover, his instrumental work has been highlighted in an array of major scientific media such as Wall Street Journal, Slate Magazine, CityLab, Per Square Mile, and Reason Foundation. 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.


2011 - 2017 Assistant Professor, Boise State University ‐ Department of Community and Regional Planning

Research Interests

Transportation, Economic Development, and Land Use

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Honors and Awards

  • 2014 - Springer Award for “Residential Segregation and Employment Outcomes of Rural Migrant Workers in China”, Western Regional Science Association
  • 2011 - Winner, 25th Annual Charles M. Tiebout Prize in Regional Science

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Refereed Journal Articles (14)

Contributions to Books (1)

Technical Reports (1)