Dr Liang Ma examines the impact of neighbourhood environments on subjective well-being to facilitate the development of sustainable, equitable and healthy communities.
urban planning; travel behaviour; active travel; built environment; public health; bicycling
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).
Dr Ma was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2017 and is based in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.