Title: Research Fellow

Alumni: PhD in Urban Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia

Discipline/s: Urban Planning, Transportation Planning


Contact: 64994053


Xin Yang is a Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC). She is part of the research team for the Lee Li Ming Programme in Ageing Urbanism. Her current research project focuses on senior citizens' life space, activity and mobility patterns to support the overarching goal of healthy and active ageing in Singapore.

Prior to joining LKYCIC, she was a postdoctoral associate in the Future Urban Mobility research team at Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Centre, a member of the JTL Urban Mobility Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a co-supervisor of an undergraduate student’s thesis at MIT. Her research at SMART and MIT included: consumer preferences for mobile ticketing in public transit in China; fostering sustainable travel mode choice in China; and advancing social equity in the integration of autonomous vehicles and public transit systems.

She is specialised in travel behaviour analysis, discrete choice modelling and transportation equity impact assessment. She has a keen interest in understanding travel behaviour response and transportation equity outcomes related to land use policies and emerging transportation technologies and services.

In her doctoral research, she examined the effects of China’s government-led job decentralisation policy on travel behaviour and household welfare. She developed an innovative modelling framework to measure household welfare outcomes of urban policy intervention based on the Sen-Nussbaum’s Capability Approach – a fundamental theory of social justice.


  • PhD in Urban Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia (2018)
  • Master of Urban Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia (2012)
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Beijing Forestry University, China (2009)


  • Yuen, Belinda., Chan, Francine., Yang, Xin., & Lim, Kelly. (2024). Smart Sustainability Transformation Playbook. World Scientific.
  • Day, Jennifer., Phelps, Nicholas A., Veeroja, Piret. & Yang, Xin. (2022) From Edge City to City? Planning Intentions for Edge Cities. Journal of the American Planning Association, 88:4, 565-577.
  • Luo Rachel., Fan Yichun., Yang Xin., Zhao Jinhua., & Zheng Siqi. (2021). The impact of social externality information on foresting sustainable travel mode choice: a behavioural experiment in Zhengzhou, China. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 152, 127-145.
  • Yang Xin., Day Jennifer., Langford Brian., Cherry Christopher., Jones, Luke., Han Sun Sheng., & Sun Jingyi. (2017). Commute responses to employment decentralization: Anticipated versus actual mode choice behaviours of new town employees in Kunming, China. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 52, 454-470.
  • Yang Xin., & Day Jennifer. (2016). Operationalizing the Capabilities Approach for Modelling Household Welfare Shifts in Urban Systems: A Special Focus on the Transportation Outcomes of Urban Resettlement. In Walloth Christian., Gebetsroither-Geringer Ernst., Atun Funda., & Werner, Liss. (Eds.) Understanding Complex Urban Systems: Integrating Multidisciplinary Data in Urban Models. Springer International Publishing.
  • Yang Xin., & Day Jennifer. (2015). Operationalizing the Capabilities Approach for Urban Policy Evaluation: The Travel Welfare Impacts of Government Job Resettlement. Geographical Research Forum, 35, 113-137.
  • Yang Xin., Day Jennifer., & Han Sun Sheng. (2015). Urban Peripheries as Growth and Conflict Spaces: The Development of New Towns in China. In Wong Tai-Chee., Han Sun Sheng., & Zhang Hongmei. (Eds.) Population Mobility, Urban Planning and Management in China. Springer International Publishing AG.

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

  • Yang, Xin., Yuen, Belinda., Ng, Yee Sien. & Lin, Sapphire Huili. (2023, Dec). The Built Environment, Health and Social Determinants of Older Adults’ Walking Patterns in Singapore. 8th International Conference on Research in Humanities and Social Sciences, Cambridge, UK. (Speaker)
  • Yang Xin., Day Jennifer., Langford Brian., Cherry Christopher., Jones, Luke., Han Sun Sheng., & Sun Jingyi. (2016, July). Stated versus revealed residential location choices in response to job resettlement to new towns: A case study of Kunming, China. 14th World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS), Shanghai, China.