Research Fellow

PhD, Urban Planning, University of Melbourne


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 the 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.