Ming Zhang

Program Director for Community and Regional Planning

Fellow, Roberta P. Crenshaw Centennial Professorship in Urban Design and Environmental Planning
Fellow, Mike Hogg Professorship in Community and Regional Planning

Dr. Ming Zhang is a Professor and the Program Director of Community and Regional Planning in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining UT Austin, Dr. Zhang held several academic and professional positions, including tenure-track Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University, Research Scientist at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, New York, and Lecturer and licensed Planner/Architect at the Huazhong (Central China) University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China.

Dr. Zhang’s research and teaching interests include urban and regional planning (transportation), the relationship between the built environment and travel behavior, economic and equity impacts of transportation investments, and international planning issues. His recent research has focused on megaregional transportation issues, Transit-Oriented Development, and high-speed rail and urban spatial development.

Dr. Zhang is the Director of the University Transportation Center (UTC) Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions (CM2) granted by the U.S. Department of Transportation.


  • M.S.Transportation, Ph.D. Urban & Regional Planning, MIT
  • M.Regional Planning, GIS Certificate, State University of New York at Albany
  • B. E. (Arch.), M.E.(Urban Planning & Design), Tsinghua University, Beijing


•Yaro, R., Zhang, M., and Frederick Steiner. 2022. Megaregions and America’s Future. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy/Columbia University Press: Cambridge, MA (ISBN 978-1558444287).

•Zhang, M., Xu, T., and Li, X. 2018. Typological Analysis of and Planning Guidelines for Transit Oriented Development(in Chinese). China Construction Sciences Press: Beijing (ISBN 978-7-112-22147-9)

•Zhang, M., Sun, Y., Ding, C., and Li, W. 2016. Urban Development Models Based on Land Use-Transit Integration: International Examples and China Practice(in Chinese). China Construction Sciences Press: Beijing (ISBN 978-7-112-19025-6).

•Kawakami, M., Shen, Z., Pai, B., Gao, X. and Zhang, M. (eds.) 2012. SpatialPlanning and Sustainable Development: How to Achieve a Sustainable Urban Form in Asian cities?Springer: Tokyo (ISBN 978-94-007-5922-0).


•Li, Y. and Zhang, M. 2022. Generational patterns of modal shares across megaregions. Transportation Research Record. Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Doi: 10.1177/03611981211073090.

•Zhang, M. and Li, Y. 2022. Generational travel patterns in the United States: New insights from eight national travel surveys. Transportation Research Part A, 156:1-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2021.12.002.

•Zhang, M. and Lan, B. 2022. Detect megaregional communities using network science analytics. Urban Science, 6(1):12. https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci6010012

•Li, W., Feng, T., Timmermans, H. J., & Zhang, M. 2020. The Public’s Acceptance of and Intention to Use ICTs when Participating in Urban Planning Processes.Journal of Urban Technology, 1-19.

•Liu, L., Zhang, M. (corresponding author), and Xu, T. 2020. A conceptual frameworkand implementation tool for land use planning for Corridor Transit Oriented Development. Cities. 107. December 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2020.102939.

•Xu, J., Zhang, M., Zhang,X., Wang, D., and Zhang, Y. 2019. How does city-cluster high-speed rail facilitate regional integration? Evidence from the Shanghai-Nanjing corridor. Cities, 85: 83-97.

•Liu, L. and Zhang, M. (corresponding author) 2018. High-speed rail impacts on travel times, accessibility, and economic productivity: A benchmarking analysis in city-cluster regions of China.Journal of Transport Geography, 73:25-40.

•Zhang, M. and Zhang, W. 2018. When context meets self-selection: The built environment-travel connection revisited. Journal of Planning Education and Research. DOI: journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0739456X18755495

Ming Zhang

Office:  SUT 3.124A

  • Urban & Regional Planning (Transportation) 
  • Urban Form and Travel Behavior
  • Economic and Equity Impacts of Transportation Investments
  • International Planning Issues

Planning for Megaregions

Metropolitan Transportation Studies: Application of TransCAD GIS

Transit-Oriented Development

Planning Studio, Regional Analysis

International Transportation Issues (China Planning Workshop)

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