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.,Dill, J. (2017). Do people's perceptions of neighborhood bikeability match "reality"? In: Journal of Transport and Land Use, 10, 291 - 308
- Ma, L.,Mulley, C.,Liu, W. (2017). (In Press) Social marketing and the built environment: what matters for travel behaviour change In: Transportation, , 1 - 21
- 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
- Ma, L. (2017). How perceptions mediate the effects of the built environment on travel behavior? In: Transportation, , 1 - 23
- Dong, H.,Ma, L.,Broach, J. (2016). Promoting sustainable travel modes for commute tours: A comparison of the effects of home and work locations and employer-provided incentives In: International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 10, 485 - 494
- Mulley, C.,Ma, L.,Clifton, G.,Yen, B.,Burke, M. (2016). Residential property value impacts of proximity to transport infrastructure: An investigation of bus rapid transit and heavy rail networks in Brisbane, Australia In: Journal of Transport Geography, 54, 41 - 52
- Ma, L.,Dill, J. (2015). Associations between the objective and perceived built environment and bicycling for transportation In: Journal of Transport and Health, 2, 248 - 255
- Ma, L.,Ye, R.,Titheridge, H. (2014). Capitalization effects of rail transit and bus rapid transit on residential property values in a booming economy: Evidence from Beijing In: Transportation Research Record, 2451, 139 - 148
- Dill, J.,Mohr, C.,Ma, L. (2014). How can psychological theory help cities increase walking and bicycling In: Journal of the American Planning Association, 80, 36 - 51
- Dill, J.,McNeil, N.,Broach, J.,Ma, L. (2014). Bicycle boulevards and changes in physical activity and active transportation: Findings from a natural experiment In: Preventive Medicine, 69, S74 - S78