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National University of Singapore
4 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117566

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Mi Diao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Real Estate at the National University of Singapore. Prior to joining NUS, he received his Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning and Master of City Planning from MIT, USA, and Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Architecture from Tsinghua University, China. Dr. Diao's research interests include big data analytics, travel behavior and transportation policy, urban planning, and urban and regional economics.

  • Big Data Analytics
  • Travel Behavior and Transportation Policy
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban and Regional Economics
  • China

  • PhD Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
  • MCP, MIT
  • MArch, Tsinghua
  • BArch, Tsinghua


Journal Articles in English:
  (* Corresponding author; Student co-authors in Italics)

  1. Yi Zhu and Mi Diao*. (Forthcoming). Understanding the spatio-temporal patterns of public bicycle usage and the effect of built environment: A case study of Hangzhou, China. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation. (SSCI, Scopus)
  2. Mi Diao. (Forthcoming). Towards sustainable urban transport in Singapore: Policy instruments and mobility trends. Transport Policy. (SSCI, Scopus)
  3. Kai Cao, Mi Diao*, and Bo Wu. (Forthcoming). A big-data-based geographically weighted regression model for public housing prices: A case study in Singapore. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. (SSCI, Scopus)
  4. Yi Zhu, Mi Diao, Joseph Ferreira, Jr., and P. Christopher Zegras. (Forthcoming). An integrated microsimulation approach to land use and mobility modeling. Journal of Transport and Land Use. (SSCI, Scopus)
  5. Mi Diao. (2018). Does growth follow the rail? The potential impact of high-speed rail on the economic geography of China. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 113: pp.279-290. (SCI, SSCI, Scopus)
  6. Mi Diao, Delon Leonard, and Tien Foo Sing. (2017). Spatial-difference-in-differences models for impact of new mass rapid transit line on private housing values. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 67: pp.64-77. (SSCI, Scopus)
  7. Mi Diao, Yi Zhu, and Jiren Zhu (2017). Intra-city access to inter-city transport nodes: The implications of high-speed-rail station locations for the urban development of Chinese cities. Urban Studies, 54(10): pp.2249-2267. (SSCI, Scopus)
  8. Mi Diao, Yi Fan, and Tien Foo Sing. (2017). A new mass rapid transit (MRT) line construction and housing wealth: Evidence from the Circle Line. Journal of Infrastructure, Policy and Development 1(1): pp.64-89.
  9. Yi Zhu, Mi Diao*, and Gang Fu (2016). Featured graphic: The evolution of accessibility surface of China in the high-speed-rail era. Environment and Planning A, 48(11): pp. 2108-2111. (SSCI, Scopus)
  10. Mi Diao, Yu Qin, and Tien Foo Sing (2016). Negative externalities of rail noise and housing values: Evidence from the cessation of railway operations in Singapore. Real Estate Economics, 44(4): pp.878-917. (SSCI, Scopus)
  11. Yi Zhu and Mi Diao* (2016). The impacts of urban mass rapid transit lines on the density and mobility of high-income Households: A case study of Singapore. Transport Policy, 51: pp.70-80. (SSCI, Scopus)
  12. Siqi Song, Mi Diao*, and Chen-Chieh Feng (2016). Individual transport emissions and the built environment: A structural equation modelling approach. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 92: pp.206-219. (SCI, SSCI, Scopus)
  13. Mi Diao, Yi Zhu, Joseph Ferreira, Jr., and Carlo Ratti (2016). Inferring individual daily activities from mobile phone traces: A Boston example. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 43(5): pp.920-940. (SSCI, Scopus)
  14. Yi Zhu and Mi Diao (2015). Featured graphic: The evolution of a two-sector housing market. Environment and Planning A, 47(4): pp.763-765. (SSCI, Scopus)
  15. Mi Diao (2015). Are inner-city neighborhoods underserved? An empirical analysis of food markets in a U.S. metropolitan area. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 35(1): pp.19-34. (SSCI, Scopus)
  16. Mi Diao (2015). Selectivity, spatial autocorrelation, and the valuation of transit accessibility. Urban Studies, 52(1): pp. 159-177. (SSCI, Scopus)
    - Listed by Web of Science as Hot Paper: as of September/October 2016, this paper received enough citations to place it in the top 0.1% of papers in the academic field of Social Sciences, general published in the past two years.
  17. Mi Diao, Xiaosu Ma, and Joseph Ferreira, Jr. (2015). A real-option based dynamic model to simulate real estate developer behavior. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management. (Scopus)
  18. Mi Diao and Joseph Ferreira, Jr. (2014). Vehicle miles traveled and the built environment: Evidence from vehicle safety inspection data. Environment and Planning A, 46(12): pp.2991-3009. (SSCI, Scopus)
  19. Joseph Ferreira, Jr., Mi Diao, and Jingsi Xu (2013). Estimating the vehicle-miles-traveled implications of alternative metropolitan growth scenarios: A Boston example. Transactions in GIS, 17(5): pp.645-660. (SSCI, Scopus)
  20. Francesco Calabrese, Mi Diao*, Giusy Di Lorenzo, Joseph Ferreira, Jr. and Carlo Ratti (2013).  Understanding individual mobility patterns from urban sensing data: A mobile phone trace example. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies (23): pp. 301-313. (SCI, Scopus)
    - Listed by Web of Science as Highly Cited Paper: as of March/April 2018, this paper received enough citations to place it in the top 1% of the academic field of Engineering based on a highly cited threshold for the field and publication year.
    - According to data from Scopus, as of July 2018, this paper is ranked 3rd among the over 1,300 papers (1st among non-review papers) published in TRC since 2013 by number of citations (
  21. Joseph Ferreira, Jr., Mi Diao, Yi Zhu, Weifeng Li, and Shan Jiang (2010). Information infrastructure for research collaboration in land Use, transportation, and environmental Planning. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2183, pp. 85-93. (SCI, Scopus)
  22. Mi Diao and Joseph Ferreira, Jr. (2010). Residential property values and the built environment: Empirical study in the Boston, Massachusetts, metropolitan area. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2174, pp. 138-147. (SCI, Scopus)


Journal Articles in Chinese:

  1. Yi Zhu and Mi Diao (2015). The integrated land use and transportation planning in Singapore. Beijing Planning Review, B06: pp.182-187.
  2. Xuexian Deng and Mi Diao (2002). Reflections on the design of pedestrian malls. Architectural Journal, No.4, pp. 26-28.


Papers under Revision at Peer-Reviewed Journals:
  (* Corresponding author; Student co-authors in Italics)

  1. Mi Diao, Yi Fan, and Tien Foo Sing. Concurrent ownership restrictions in Singapore’s housing markets. Under revision at Journal of Housing Economics.
  2. Siqi Song, Chen-Chieh Feng, and Mi Diao*. Vehicle quota control, transport infrastructure investment and vehicle travel: A pseudo panel analysis in Singapore. Under revision at Journal of the American Planning Association.


Book Chapters:

  1. Yi Zhu, Mi Diao, Joseph Ferreira, Jr., Weifeng Li and Shan Jiang (2013) Flexible geospatial platform for distributed and collaborative urban modelling. In Planning Support Systems for Sustainable Urban Development, S. Geertman et al. (eds.), Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Research Reports:

  1. Howard Herzog, Weifeng Li, Hongliang Zhang, Mi Diao, Greg Singleton, and Mark Bohm. West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership: Source-sink characterization and Geographic-Information-System-based matching. California Energy Commission, PIER Energy-Related Environmental Research Program. CEC-500-2007-053, 2007.


  • DEP5013A: Quantitative Methods for Urban Planning, NUS, 2018
  • RE6008: Urban Planning and Development Seminar, NUS, 2017
  • RE5015: Spatial Information Systems in Urban Planning, NUS, 2014-present
  • RE2301: GIS in Real Estate, NUS, 2012-present.
  • RE4220: Urban Planning Seminar, NUS, 2014.
  • RE4906: Topics in Urban Planning, NUS, 2011-2013.

  1. Elected Member, Board of Directors, International Association for China Planning (IACP), 2011-2015

  2. Reviewer: Regional Science and Urban Economics; Real Estate Economics; Urban Studies; Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice; Transportation Research Part B: Methodological; Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment; Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review; Journal of Transport Geography; Transport Policy; IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems; International Journal of Sustainable Transportation; Cities; Habitat International; Journal of Urban Affairs; Journal of Transport and Land Use; Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board; Transportation Letters; Annals of the American Association of Geographers; Applied Geography; International Journal of Geographical Information Science; Transactions in GIS; Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications; Economic Bulletin; International Journal of Urban Sciences; Journal of Urban Management.

  3. Exernal Reviewer: Hong Kong Research Grant Council

  4. Guest Editor (with Xueliang Zhang and Yingling Fan), special issue on “Rail transit development in China and beyond” at Journal of Transport and Land Use (SSCI, Scopus), in progress.

  Last Modified: 2018-10-19