Shan Jiang

Shan Jiang

503 Boston Avenue
Research/Areas of Interest:

Urban Analytics; Big Data Analytics; Urban Planning and Science; Spatial Data Science; Urban mobility;


  • PhD, Urban and Regional Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States, 2015
  • MCP, City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States, 2009
  • MSc, Transportation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States, 2009


Shan Jiang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. Her research interests lie in the fields of Big Data Analytics, Spatial Data Science, Geographic Information Science, Computational Social Science, and the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Land Use, Transportation, and Urban Planning. Her work investigates the interactions of human activities and the built environment in global urbanization processes to design responsive policies for smart, sustainable, resilient and healthy cities.

Jiang has developed methods to translate small and big data (survey data, mobile phone metadata, WiFi augmented mobile positioning data, volunteered geographic information, etc.) into insights on smart and sustainable urban and community development in global cities including Beijing, Bogota, Boston, Chicago, Lisbon, Riyadh, and Singapore. She has worked in projects funded by the National Academies of Sciences, the Singapore National Research Foundation, the Portugal Foundation for Science and Technology, the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, among others. She has published in journals such as PNAS, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, IEEE Transactions on Big Data, Transportation Research Part C, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, etc.

Prior to joining Tufts in 2018, Jiang was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning, a Master in City Planning, a Master of Science in Transportation from MIT, a B.E. in Urban Planning and a B.A. in Economics from Peking University.