Xin Yang

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Postdoctoral Associate

Bio: Xin is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Future Urban Mobility (FM) IRG of Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Center, Singapore. Her current research seeks to develop a systematic framework that incorporates social equity principles into each of the key layers of the planning and operation of the AV-PT system – a future mobility scenario that integrates autonomous vehicles (AVs) with cities’ public transit (PT) systems.

Her research, both current and prior, is strongly inspired by the aspiration of shifting transportation policy-making from nearly an exclusive focus on efficiency toward incorporating social equity considerations. In her PhD study, Xin examined the effects of China’s government-led job decentralization policy on individuals’ travel behavior and households’ travel welfare. She developed an innovative modeling framework to measure the welfare outcomes of urban policy intervention based on the Sen-Nussbaum’s Capabilities Approach – a fundamental theory of social justice. Xin received her PhD degree in Urban Planning (2018) and her Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She holds a Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture from Beijing Forestry University, China.

Research Interests: Social Equity, Automated Mobility Policy, Public Transit Planning and Operation

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