On July 25 2016, IACP organized a whole-day workshop in the International Symposium on Spatial Optimization, Transportation Development and Atmospheric Environmental Improvement in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region hosted by Shijiazhuang Tiedao University. Authors of the 13 abstracts submitted for the special issue on “Urbanization, Transportation and Air Quality in Developing Countries” at the SCI/SSCI journal Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment were invited to present their papers. The presentations were critiqued by international scholars in the field, including Profs. Zhong-Ren Peng, Oliver Gao, and Jason Cao. Drs. Weifeng Li, Chun Zhang, and Yonghong Liu chaired the three sessions in the workshop.
This special issue is sponsored by IACP and Dr. Weifeng Li from University of Hong Kong and Dr. Jane Lin from University of Illinois at Chicago are the guest-editors of the issue. The key purposes of this special issue are to facilitate urbanization, transportation and air quality research in the context of developing countries and to promote evidence-based urban policy-making in developing countries. The topics of interest focus on: 1) air quality and related health impacts of urban planning and transportation, and 2) policy responses to air quality and health impacts, and their implications for the planning, designing and management of cities and transportation systems. The full paper submission is open in the Elsevier online system until February 2017.