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|Featured Faculty: Wei Lei|
Dr. Wei Li is an assistant professor of Urban Planning and coordinator of the Master of Urban Planning Program at Texas A&M University who is committed to the promotion of sustainability and health through smart investments on urban infrastructure. Dr. Li has published numerous, high-impact journal articles that assess economic and health impacts of various environmental attributes, such as; green space, urban forestry, public transit, walkability, and bikeability. His research contributes insights for better investment decisions on sustainable transportation and green infrastructure.
Dr. Li has successfully obtained funding support from various agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Google Inc., and state departments of transportation. Presently, he is Principal Investigator of an NSF-funded project to explore the behavioral impact of public transit. This is the first time that planners use confidential census microdata to examine behavioral changes caused by new transportation infrastructure. Dr. Li’s team has developed innovative methods to analyze these data and evaluate the impact of public transit on individuals’ travel and firms’ locational behavior.
Dr. Li teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning and has designed and implemented several service-learning projects and made significant curriculum changes to transportation planning courses (e.g., creating online courses) at Texas A&M. In 2017, he received the Outstanding Instructor Award from the university.
Dr. Li has served as a reviewer for NSF and 20 reputable journals. He was Associate Editor for Environmental Science and Policy from 2013 to 2016. Dr. Li received his PhD-Planning, Policy and Design degree from the University of California, Irvine, MA-Planning degree from the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada), and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Renmin University of China (Beijing, China).
Here's more from Dr. Li, in his own words ...
Q: How long have you been a member of ACSP?
Q: Have you won any awards?
Q: What future goals do you have in your field?
Q: How has planning school changed your daily habits?
Q: How many different cities have you lived in and which was your favorite?
If I have to name my favorite one, then my vote would go to my hometown: Yucheng. With a recorded history dated back to 21st century BC, this city played an important role in ancient Chinese civilization. There are many interesting places in Yucheng, such as the temple and final resting place of Mulan, the legendary woman warrior as featured in Disney animated films.
Q: What is the title of the last book you read? What did you learn from it?
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