Jason Cao specializes in land use and transportation interaction, the effects of information and communication technology (ICT) on travel behavior, and satisfaction research. 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. Jason was the chair of the 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 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 several journals. Jason is currently the co-editor-in-chief of Transportation Research Part D and a member of editorial advisory board for three journals.
Jason received an MS in statistics and a PhD 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.