B.S., Geographic Information System, Minor in Finance, Wuhan University, China
M.S., Cartography and Geographic Information System, Wuhan University, China
Mengya’s past research focused on social and personal well being in the context of rapid urbanization through examining the relationship between neighborhoods, health and its related social inequality with quantitative and spatial analysis models. Her research also explores the social driving forces of urban expansion patterns from a macro perspective.
Before coming to USC, she completed her undergraduate and graduate study at Wuhan University in China. Mengya’s graduate thesis is about establishing comprehensive measures that can support the evaluation of walkability at both residential area level and street space level concerning the diversity, accessibility, connectivity of neighborhoods and the effects on pedestrian’s subjective preference.
While at USC, Mengya would like to delve more into the field of health geography. She is very interested in developing appropriate GIS models to better understand the relationship of built environment (education, public transport, open space and health service resources), urban residents' quality of life and associated social inequalities. Through her research, she hopes to contribute towards evidence-based planning.