ChengHe C. Guan

ChengHe C. Guan
Assistant Professor of Urban Science and Policy, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU

ChengHe Guan is an Assistant Professor of Urban Science and Policy at NYU Shanghai and a Global Network Professor at NYU. He is also a research consultant at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford. Previously, Guan worked as a postdoc at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Additionally, he was a Harold A. Pollman Research Fellow of Real Estate and Urban Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a consultant to the World Bank. Guan received his master's and doctoral degrees from the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard. Guan's research interests include urban big data and space-time computation in a smart eco-city system in a multi-disciplinary context and real estate economics and urban infrastructure planning in low-carbon cities.

Select Publications

  • Guan, C. and Forsyth, A. (2020) The influence of urban form and socio-demographics on active transport: a 40 neighborhoods study in Chengdu, China. Journal of Transport and Land Use. (SSCI) Accepted
  • Guan, C., Song, J., Keith, M., Akiyama Y., Shibasaki R., Sato, T. (2020) Delineating urban park catchment areas using mobile phone data: A case study of Tokyo. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 81. (SSCI)
  • Guan, C., Srinivasan, S., Zhang, B., Da, L., Liu, J., Nielsen, C. (2020) The influence of neighborhood types and accessibility on active transport in China’s growing cities. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 80. (SSCI)
  • Gao, J., Guan, C., Zhang, B. (2020) China’s CH4 emissions from coal mining: A review of current bottom-up inventories. Science of the Total Environment, 725. (SCIE)
  • Zhao, X., Wu, X., Guan, C., Ma, R., Nielsen, C., Zhang, B. (2020) Linking Agricultural GHG emissions to Global Trade Network. Earth’s Future, in press. (SCIE)



  • DDes
    Harvard University
  • MDes
    Harvard University
  • MArch
    Washington University in St. Louis

Research Interests

  • Changing urban geographical processes that shape cities, towns, and landscapes
  • Urban design, land use, and planning policy
  • Urban simulation, cellular automata urban growth modeling, and spatial analysis
  • Real estate, urban economics, and urban development
  • Regional planning and international development

Courses Taught

  • Urbanization in China
  • Social Science Honors Independent Study
  • Topics in Urban Studies