Household Survey of Travel Behavior and Environmental Health Risk in Chengdu

May 27, 2016
Chengdu Survey Map

An interdisciplinary household survey in Chengdu, led by China Project Executive Director Chris NIELSEN, Prof. James HAMMITT (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), and Profs. SHEN Mingming and YAN Jie (School of Government, Peking University), was completed in July and data files are now being prepared.

Sponsored by the Harvard Global Institute, the survey is collecting data across a wide range of research interests, including transportation planning, travel behavior, mobile-source emissions, outdoor and indoor air pollution exposures, health effects of air pollution, and perceptions and valuation of health risk. Covering 2000 households, field implementation of the survey is led by political scientist SHEN, director of the Research Center for Contemporary China at Peking University, using RCCC's rigorous geospatial sampling methods to insure inclusion of non-registered migrants left out of most social surveys in China. Other collaborators include China Project research affiliates Prof. WANG Haikun (School of Environment, Nanjing University) and Dr. Sumeeta SRINIVASAN (Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University). The data will be joined with a dataset collected in a similar Harvard China Project-PKU RCCC survey conducted in 2005, to yield a time series covering Chengdu's economic growth, urbanization, and transit development over the last 11 years.