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Zhenhua Chen

Created: 3/5/2012
Updated: 5/19/2022
Visits: 804
Dr. Zhenhua Chen
Associate Professor

The Ohio State University
275 W Woodruff Ave
Columbus, OH 43210
United States
6146882841 (ph)

Zhenhua is an associate professor in City and Regional Planning (CRP) at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. His research interest includes infrastructure planning and policy, regional science, risk and resilience, and big data analytics. He has a strong background in economic impact assessments of infrastructure investment, disasters and resilience using Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models. He is one of the lead developers of the Economic Consequence Analysis Tool, an Excel-VBA software that is intended for policymakers and analysts who need quick estimates of the economic impact of numerous threats, including terrorism, natural disasters, and technological accidents.

Zhenhua’s dissertation develops, demonstrates and applies a new extension to computable general equilibrium analysis with an integration of spatial econometrics to assist policy makers in assessing the impact of public infrastructure investments on economic output at different geographic scales (national, state and metropolitan) with an emphasis on the U.S. northeast megaregion. His dissertation receives a series of awards, including the Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science awarded by the North American Regional Science Council, the Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Fellowship Award awarded by Economic Club of Washington, D.C., and the Best Dissertation Award of the Regional Science Association International.

Zhenhua has published five books, including Chinese Railways in the Era of High Speed (Emerald, 2015), Economic Consequence Analysis of Disasters: The E-CAT Software Tool (Springer, 2017), Big Data for Regional Science (Routledge, 2017), High-Speed Rail and China’s New Economic Geography (Edward Elgar, 2019), and Development Studies in Regional Science: Essays in Honor of Kingsley E. Haynes (Springer, 2020). His recent research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, such as Transportation Research Part A, Transportation Research Part D, Transport Reviews, Journal of Transport Geography, Transportation, Transport Policy, Journal and Transport and Land Use, Accident Analysis and Prevention, Environment Research Letters, Risk Analysis, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Land Use Policy, Annals of Regional Science, Papers in Regional Science, Computer Environment and Urban Systems, Economic Systems Research, European Planning Studies, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Economic Development Quarterly, Applied Economic Letters, Plos One, Asia Europe Journal, and International Journal of Urban Sciences.

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