Jason Cao specializes in the interactions between land use and transportation, the effects of ICT on travel behavior, and environmental correlates of life satisfaction. He is internationally well-known for his research on residential self-selection in the relationships between the built environment and travel behavior. His recent work focuses on the impacts of the built environment on satisfaction with life through its influences on travel satisfaction and neighborhood satisfaction.
Jason has recently been oriented toward international collaboration. He works closely with scholars from the UK, the Netherlands, Norway, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and China. Since his tenure promotion, he has been promoting urban planning scholarship in China by collaborating with Chinese researchers, uniting Chinese scholars, bridging Chinese and international scholars, and organizing international conferences and workshops.
Jason contributes to the planning and transportation societies by organizing special issues. He is a guest editor for six journals, including Journal of Regional Science, Journal of Transport and Land Use, Transport Policy, Transportation Letters, Transportation Research Part D, and Travel Behavior and Society. He also helps colleagues to apply for special issues in various journals. Jason is currently an associate editor of Transportation Research Part D and a member of editorial advisory board for three journals.
Jason received an M.S. in statistics and a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering with a specialization on transportation planning from the University of California-Davis. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. In 2006, he received the Wootan Award from the U.S. Council of University Transportation Centers for the best transportation policy/planning dissertation in the United States.