Zhenhua Chen

  • Associate Professor

Knowlton Hall
275 W Woodruff Ave

Zhenhua is an associate professor in City and Regional Planning (CRP) at the Knowlton School of Architecture at OSU. 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 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 on numerous 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, Land Use Policy, Annals of Regional Science, Papers in Regional Science, Computer Environment and Urban Systems, Economic Systems Research, European Planning Studies and Economic Development Quarterly.

He is a guest-editor of Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, and Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. He is also a research fellow at the National Center of Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at the University of Southern California, and the Risk Institute at OSU. He received his PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University, a MA in Regional Economics from Shenzhen University in China and a BA in Management from the University of Electronic and Science and Technology of China.


Planning and policy evaluation

Spatial analysis

Economic modeling

Big data analytics