Dr Liang Ma is a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research.His research examines the interactions of transportation planning, travel behaviour, public health, the environment, and land use.
Dr Ma's research focuses on the interactions between transportation planning, travel behaviour, public health, the environment and land use. His recent research explored the impact of neighbourhood environment on subjective wellbeing. Dr Ma's expertise spans active travel analysis and planning; examining the interactions between land-use, transportation and health; and spatial data visualisation and analysis.
Dr Ma provides robust empirical evidence which inform policies that address health and environmental problems as well as improve the social equity and wellbeing from urban and transportation planning perspectives. His work aims to inform urban policies to promote sustainable, equitable and healthy communities and urban environments.
Dr Ma holds a PhD in Urban Studies and Planning from Portland State University. He joins RMIT from the University of Sydney's Business School where he received an Early Career Research Grant for his postdoctoral fellowship. Dr Ma has researched active travel, physical activity and transit liveability, funded by US Department of Transportation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and City of Portland. He is collaborating on research projects with colleagues at Portland State University (US), University of Minnesota (US), University College London (UK) and Peking University (China).
PhD – Portland State University (United States), Urban Studies, December 2014
Fields: Built Environment, Travel Behavior and Health; GIS; Urban Economics.
M Science. – Peking University (China), Urban and Regional Planning, July 2007
Emphases: Land Use Planning; Urban Economics; GIS.
B Engineering – China University of Geosciences (China), Land Use Management, July 2004
Emphases: Land Use Planning; GIS.
- Ma, L.,Cao, J. (2019). How perceptions mediate the effects of the built environment on travel behavior? In: Transportation, 46, 175 - 197
- Ma, L.,Ye, R. (2019). Does daily commuting behavior matter to employee productivity? In: Journal of Transport Geography, 76, 130 - 141
- Mulley, C.,Ma, L. (2018). How the longer term success of a social marketing program is influenced by socio-demographics and the built environment In: Transportation, 45, 291 - 309
- Ma, L.,Kent, J.,Mulley, C. (2018). Transport disadvantage, social exclusion, and subjective well-being: The role of the neighborhood environment-evidence from Sydney, Australia In: Journal of Transport and Land Use, 11, 31 - 47
- Lucas, K.,Philips, I.,Mulley, C.,Ma, L. (2018). Is transport poverty socially or environmentally driven? Comparing the travel behaviours of two low-income populations living in central and peripheral locations in the same city In: Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 116, 622 - 634
- Ma, L.,Mulley, C.,Liu, W. (2017). Social marketing and the built environment: what matters for travel behaviour change? In: Transportation, 44, 1147 - 1167
- Mulley, C.,Ma, L.,Clifton, G.,Tanner, M. (2017). Are Network Planning Guidelines Based on Equal Access Equitable? In: Transportation Research Record, 2651, 1 - 11
- Mulley, C.,Clifton, G.,Balbontin, C.,Ma, L. (2017). Information for travelling: Awareness and usage of the various sources of information available to public transport users in NSW In: Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 101, 111 - 132
- Kent, J.,Ma, L.,Mulley, C. (2017). The objective and perceived built environment: What matters for happiness? In: Cities and Health, 1, 59 - 71
- Mulley, C.,Sampaio, B.,Ma, L. (2017). South eastern busway network in Brisbane, Australia: Value of the network effect In: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2647, 41 - 49