Portrait of Jason Cao
295G Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Urban and Regional Planning Area
Areas of Expertise
Sustainable development; transportation planning; urban and regional planning


Jason specializes in land use and transportation interaction, the effects of ICT on travel behavior, and planning for quality of life. 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 non-linear relationships in land use and transportation research and planning for travel satisfaction, neighborhood satisfaction, and life satisfaction.

Jason has been oriented toward international collaboration. He works closely with scholars from the UK, the Netherlands, Norway, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and China. Jason was the Chair of International Association for China Planning. 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 leads research development in the fields of planning and transportation by editing journals and special issues. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research Part D, a leading journal in transportation research. He guest edited eight issues 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.


PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering (University of California, Davis, 2006)

MS in Statistics (University of California, Davis, 2005)

MS in Management Science and Engineering (Tsinghua University, 2001)

BS in Civil engineering (Tsinghua University, 1998)

Tao, T., Cao, J. & Wu, X. (2021). The Road Less Traveled: Does Rail Transit Matter?, Journal of Planning Education and Research, 1-15

Yin, J., Xinyu (Jason) Cao & Huang, X. (2021). Association between subway and life satisfaction: Evidence from Xi’an, China, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 96, 102869

Yang, J., Cao, J. & Zhou, Y. (2021). Elaborating non-linear associations and synergies of subway access and land uses with urban vitality in Shenzhen, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 144, 74 - 88

Fang, D., Xue, Y., Cao, J. & Sun, S. (2021). Exploring satisfaction of choice and captive bus riders: An impact asymmetry analysis, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 93, 102798

Xi, G., Cao, X. & Zhen, F. (2021). How does same-day-delivery online shopping reshape social interactions among neighbors in Nanjing?, Cities, 114, 103219

Ding, C., Cao, X., Yu, B. & Ju, Y. (2021). Non-linear associations between zonal built environment attributes and transit commuting mode choice accounting for spatial heterogeneity, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 148, 22-35

Wu, X., Cao, J. & Douma, F. (2021). The impacts of vehicle automation on transport-disadvantaged people, Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 11, 100447

Tao, T., Wu, X., Cao, J., Fan, Y., Das, K. & Ramaswami, A. (2020). Exploring the Nonlinear Relationship between the Built Environment and Active Travel in the Twin Cities, Journal of Planning Education and Research, 1-16