Dr Qunshan Zhao

  • Lecturer (Urban Studies)

telephone: +44 (0)1413308534
email: Qunshan.Zhao@glasgow.ac.uk

Urban Big Data Centre 7-302, 7 Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8RZ

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5549-9457

Biography

Dr. Qunshan Zhao joined the University of Glasgow in May 2019 as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Urban Analytics in Urban Studies and Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) in the School of Social and Political Sciences. He holds both Ph.D. and M.A. in Geography/GIScience from the Arizona State University in the USA and a B.E. in Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, and GIS from the Wuhan University in China. Prior to coming to the UK, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience (KER) and Spatial Analysis Research Center (SPARC) at the Arizona State University.

Curriculum Vitae: CV_QunshanZhao_Mar2021

More detailed information can be found on his personal website

Research interests

Qunshan's research interest focuses on creating a sustainable urban future and tackling related social, economic, and environmental problems by using new forms of data and related analytical approaches including GIScience (geographic information systems, remote sensing, and spatial analysis), machine learning/statistics, operations research, sensor networks, and urban climate modeling and instrumentation.

Ongoing research efforts include urban infrastructure location optimization (urban green infrastructure; alternative refueling stations location modeling), human-environment interactions (human mobility patterns in urban/natural spaces), urban resilience and fuel poverty (fuel poverty and housing energy evaluation), and 3D spatial analytical methodology development (3D urban landscape change index, 3D tree shade coverage optimization).

  • Geographic Information Science
  • Remote Sensing
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Machine Learning
  • Urban Climate Modeling and Instrumentation
  • Urban and Regional Planning 
  • Urban Sensor Network

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Twitter - @QunshanZhao

Publons

Publications

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Jump to: 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014
Number of items: 26.

2021

Sinclair, M. , Zhao, Q. , Bailey, N. , Maadi, S. and Hong, J. (2021) Understanding the Use of Greenspace Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic by Using Mobile Phone App Data. In: GIScience 2021, 27-30 Sep 2021, (doi:10.25436/E2D59P)

Yang, J., Shi, Q., Menenti, M., Wong, M. S., Wu, Z., Zhao, Q. , Abbas, S. and Xu, Y. (2021) Observing the impact of urban morphology and building geometry on thermal environment by high spatial resolution thermal images. Urban Climate, 39, 100937. (doi: 10.1016/j.uclim.2021.100937)

Sarim, M., Zhao, Q. and Bailey, N. (2021) Citizen mobility and the growth of infections during the COVID-19 pandemic with the effects of government restrictions in Western Europe. In: Shaw, S.-L. and Sui, D. (eds.) Mapping COVID-19 in Space and Time: Understanding the Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of a Global Pandemic. Series: Human dynamics in smart cities. Springer: Cham, pp. 279-294. ISBN 9783030728076 (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-72808-3_14)

Beairsto, J., Tian, Y., Zheng, L., Zhao, Q. and Hong, J. (2021) Identifying locations for new bike-sharing stations in Glasgow: an analysis of spatial equity and demand factors. Annals of GIS, (doi: 10.1080/19475683.2021.1936172) (Early Online Publication)

Wang, C., Turner, V. K., Wentz, E. A., Zhao, Q. and Myint, S. W. (2021) Optimization of residential green space for environmental sustainability and property appreciation in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. Science of the Total Environment, 763, 144605. (doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144605) (PMID:33383515)

Wu, Y., Zhan, Q. and Zhao, Q. (2021) Long-term air pollution exposure impact on COVID-19 morbidity in China. Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 21(1), 200413. (doi: 10.4209/aaqr.2020.07.0413)

2020

Dai, J., Roberts, D. A., Stow, D. A., An, L. and Zhao, Q. (2020) Green vegetation cover has steadily increased since establishment of community forests in Western Chitwan, Nepal. Remote Sensing, 12(24), 4071. (doi: 10.3390/rs12244071)

Zhao, Q. , Dickson, C., Thornton, J., Solís, P. and Wentz, E. A. (2020) Articulating strategies to address heat resilience using spatial optimization and temporal analysis of utility assistance data of the Salvation Army Metro Phoenix. Applied Geography, 122, 102241. (doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2020.102241)

Wang, Z., Fan, C., Zhao, Q. and Myint, S. W. (2020) A geographically weighted regression approach to understanding urbanization impacts on urban warming and cooling: a case study of Las Vegas. Remote Sensing, 12(2), 222. (doi: 10.3390/rs12020222)

Vonnak, R. and Zhao, Q. (2020) Fuel Poverty and Income Deprivation in Bristol, UK. In: 25th Geographical Information Science Research UK Conference (GISRUK 2020), London, UK, 21-23 Jul 2020,

Zhao, Q. and Wentz, E. A. (2020) Editorial for special issue: “Remote Sensing of Urban Ecology and Sustainability”. Remote Sensing, 12(3), 443. (doi: 10.3390/rs12030443)

2019

Wang, C., Li, Y., Myint, S. W., Zhao, Q. and Wentz, E. A. (2019) Impacts of spatial clustering of urban land cover on land surface temperature across Köppen climate zones in the contiguous United States. Landscape and Urban Planning, 192, 103668. (doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2019.103668)

Zhao, Q. , Kelley, S. B., Xiao, F. and Kuby, M. J. (2019) A multi-scale framework for fuel station location: from highways to street intersections. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and the Environment, 74, pp. 48-64. (doi: 10.1016/j.trd.2019.07.018)

Zhao, Q. , Reynolds, R., Wang, C. and Wentz, E. A. (2019) A Multidimensional Urban Land Cover Change Analysis in Tempe, AZ. In: 2019 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE), Vannes, France, 22-24 May 2019, ISBN 9781728100098 (doi:10.1109/JURSE.2019.8808957)

Zhao, Q. , Fischer, H., Luo, W. and Wentz, E. A. (2019) Community Resilience in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA: The Analysis of Indoor Heat-Related Death and Urban Thermal Environment. 99th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 6-10 Jan 2019.

Zhao, Q. , Dickson, C., Thornton, J., Wang, C., Solis, P. and Wentz, E. (2019) Optimizing and Rebalancing Heat-related Utility Assistance Provider-client System of the Salvation Army in Phoenix, Arizona. In: 16th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, Wuhan, China, 08-12 Jul 2019, pp. 792-804.

2018

Zhao, Q. , Sailor, D. and Wentz, E. (2018) Impact of tree locations and arrangements on outdoor microclimates and human thermal comfort in an urban residential environment. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 32, pp. 81-91. (doi: 10.1016/j.ufug.2018.03.022)

Zhao, Q. , Yang, J., Wang, Z.-H. and Wentz, E. A. (2018) Assessing the cooling benefits of tree shade by an outdoor urban physical scale model at Tempe, AZ. Urban Science, 2(1), 4. (doi: 10.3390/urbansci2010004)

2017

Zhao, Q. , Wentz, E. A. and Murray, A. T. (2017) Tree shade coverage optimization in an urban residential environment. Building and Environment, 115, pp. 269-280. (doi: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2017.01.036)

Kuai, X. and Zhao, Q. (2017) Examining healthy food accessibility and disparity in Baton Rouge, Louisiana​​​​. Annals of GIS, 23(2), pp. 103-116. (doi: 10.1080/19475683.2017.1304448)

Yabiku, S. T., Glick, J. E., Wentz, E. A., Ghimire, D. J. and Zhao, Q. (2017) Comparing paper and tablet modes of retrospective activity space data collection. Survey Research Methods, 11(3), pp. 329-344. (doi: 10.18148/srm/2017.v11i3.6741)

2016

Zhao, Q. and Wentz, E. A. (2016) A MODIS/ASTER airborne simulator (MASTER) imagery for urban heat island research. Data, 1(1), 7. (doi: 10.3390/data1010007)

Zhao, Q. , Wentz, E. A., Fotheringham, S., Yabiku, S. T., Hall, S. J., Glick, J. A., Dai, J., Clark, M. and Heavenrich, H. (2016) Semi-Parametric Geographically Weighted Regression (S-GWR): a Case Study on Invasive Plant Species Distribution in Subtropical Nepal. In: GIScience 2016, Montreal, QC, Canada, 27-30 Sep 2016, pp. 372-375. (doi:10.21433/B3118kv3n3bq)

2015

Zhao, Q. , Myint, S. W., Wentz, E. A. and Fan, C. (2015) Rooftop surface temperature analysis in an urban residential environment. Remote Sensing, 7(9), pp. 12135-12159. (doi: 10.3390/rs70912135)

Wentz, E. A. and Zhao, Q. (2015) Assessing Validation Methods for Building Identification and Extraction. In: 2015 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE), Lausanne, Switzerland, 30 Mar - 01 Apr 2015, ISBN 9781479966523 (doi:10.1109/JURSE.2015.7120453)

2014

Zhao, Q. , Wentz, E. A. and Murray, A. T. (2014) Shade Optimization in a Desert Environment. In: GIScience 2014, Vienna, Austria, 24-26 Sep 2014,

This list was generated on Sat Oct 16 09:03:58 2021 BST.
Number of items: 26.

Articles

Yang, J., Shi, Q., Menenti, M., Wong, M. S., Wu, Z., Zhao, Q. , Abbas, S. and Xu, Y. (2021) Observing the impact of urban morphology and building geometry on thermal environment by high spatial resolution thermal images. Urban Climate, 39, 100937. (doi: 10.1016/j.uclim.2021.100937)

Beairsto, J., Tian, Y., Zheng, L., Zhao, Q. and Hong, J. (2021) Identifying locations for new bike-sharing stations in Glasgow: an analysis of spatial equity and demand factors. Annals of GIS, (doi: 10.1080/19475683.2021.1936172) (Early Online Publication)

Wang, C., Turner, V. K., Wentz, E. A., Zhao, Q. and Myint, S. W. (2021) Optimization of residential green space for environmental sustainability and property appreciation in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. Science of the Total Environment, 763, 144605. (doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144605) (PMID:33383515)

Wu, Y., Zhan, Q. and Zhao, Q. (2021) Long-term air pollution exposure impact on COVID-19 morbidity in China. Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 21(1), 200413. (doi: 10.4209/aaqr.2020.07.0413)

Dai, J., Roberts, D. A., Stow, D. A., An, L. and Zhao, Q. (2020) Green vegetation cover has steadily increased since establishment of community forests in Western Chitwan, Nepal. Remote Sensing, 12(24), 4071. (doi: 10.3390/rs12244071)

Zhao, Q. , Dickson, C., Thornton, J., Solís, P. and Wentz, E. A. (2020) Articulating strategies to address heat resilience using spatial optimization and temporal analysis of utility assistance data of the Salvation Army Metro Phoenix. Applied Geography, 122, 102241. (doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2020.102241)

Wang, Z., Fan, C., Zhao, Q. and Myint, S. W. (2020) A geographically weighted regression approach to understanding urbanization impacts on urban warming and cooling: a case study of Las Vegas. Remote Sensing, 12(2), 222. (doi: 10.3390/rs12020222)

Zhao, Q. and Wentz, E. A. (2020) Editorial for special issue: “Remote Sensing of Urban Ecology and Sustainability”. Remote Sensing, 12(3), 443. (doi: 10.3390/rs12030443)

Wang, C., Li, Y., Myint, S. W., Zhao, Q. and Wentz, E. A. (2019) Impacts of spatial clustering of urban land cover on land surface temperature across Köppen climate zones in the contiguous United States. Landscape and Urban Planning, 192, 103668. (doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2019.103668)

Zhao, Q. , Kelley, S. B., Xiao, F. and Kuby, M. J. (2019) A multi-scale framework for fuel station location: from highways to street intersections. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and the Environment, 74, pp. 48-64. (doi: 10.1016/j.trd.2019.07.018)

Zhao, Q. , Sailor, D. and Wentz, E. (2018) Impact of tree locations and arrangements on outdoor microclimates and human thermal comfort in an urban residential environment. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 32, pp. 81-91. (doi: 10.1016/j.ufug.2018.03.022)

Zhao, Q. , Yang, J., Wang, Z.-H. and Wentz, E. A. (2018) Assessing the cooling benefits of tree shade by an outdoor urban physical scale model at Tempe, AZ. Urban Science, 2(1), 4. (doi: 10.3390/urbansci2010004)

Zhao, Q. , Wentz, E. A. and Murray, A. T. (2017) Tree shade coverage optimization in an urban residential environment. Building and Environment, 115, pp. 269-280. (doi: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2017.01.036)

Kuai, X. and Zhao, Q. (2017) Examining healthy food accessibility and disparity in Baton Rouge, Louisiana​​​​. Annals of GIS, 23(2), pp. 103-116. (doi: 10.1080/19475683.2017.1304448)

Yabiku, S. T., Glick, J. E., Wentz, E. A., Ghimire, D. J. and Zhao, Q. (2017) Comparing paper and tablet modes of retrospective activity space data collection. Survey Research Methods, 11(3), pp. 329-344. (doi: 10.18148/srm/2017.v11i3.6741)

Zhao, Q. and Wentz, E. A. (2016) A MODIS/ASTER airborne simulator (MASTER) imagery for urban heat island research. Data, 1(1), 7. (doi: 10.3390/data1010007)

Zhao, Q. , Myint, S. W., Wentz, E. A. and Fan, C. (2015) Rooftop surface temperature analysis in an urban residential environment. Remote Sensing, 7(9), pp. 12135-12159. (doi: 10.3390/rs70912135)

Book Sections

Sarim, M., Zhao, Q. and Bailey, N. (2021) Citizen mobility and the growth of infections during the COVID-19 pandemic with the effects of government restrictions in Western Europe. In: Shaw, S.-L. and Sui, D. (eds.) Mapping COVID-19 in Space and Time: Understanding the Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of a Global Pandemic. Series: Human dynamics in smart cities. Springer: Cham, pp. 279-294. ISBN 9783030728076 (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-72808-3_14)

Conference or Workshop Item

Zhao, Q. , Fischer, H., Luo, W. and Wentz, E. A. (2019) Community Resilience in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA: The Analysis of Indoor Heat-Related Death and Urban Thermal Environment. 99th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 6-10 Jan 2019.

Conference Proceedings

Sinclair, M. , Zhao, Q. , Bailey, N. , Maadi, S. and Hong, J. (2021) Understanding the Use of Greenspace Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic by Using Mobile Phone App Data. In: GIScience 2021, 27-30 Sep 2021, (doi:10.25436/E2D59P)

Vonnak, R. and Zhao, Q. (2020) Fuel Poverty and Income Deprivation in Bristol, UK. In: 25th Geographical Information Science Research UK Conference (GISRUK 2020), London, UK, 21-23 Jul 2020,

Zhao, Q. , Reynolds, R., Wang, C. and Wentz, E. A. (2019) A Multidimensional Urban Land Cover Change Analysis in Tempe, AZ. In: 2019 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE), Vannes, France, 22-24 May 2019, ISBN 9781728100098 (doi:10.1109/JURSE.2019.8808957)

Zhao, Q. , Dickson, C., Thornton, J., Wang, C., Solis, P. and Wentz, E. (2019) Optimizing and Rebalancing Heat-related Utility Assistance Provider-client System of the Salvation Army in Phoenix, Arizona. In: 16th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, Wuhan, China, 08-12 Jul 2019, pp. 792-804.

Zhao, Q. , Wentz, E. A., Fotheringham, S., Yabiku, S. T., Hall, S. J., Glick, J. A., Dai, J., Clark, M. and Heavenrich, H. (2016) Semi-Parametric Geographically Weighted Regression (S-GWR): a Case Study on Invasive Plant Species Distribution in Subtropical Nepal. In: GIScience 2016, Montreal, QC, Canada, 27-30 Sep 2016, pp. 372-375. (doi:10.21433/B3118kv3n3bq)

Wentz, E. A. and Zhao, Q. (2015) Assessing Validation Methods for Building Identification and Extraction. In: 2015 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE), Lausanne, Switzerland, 30 Mar - 01 Apr 2015, ISBN 9781479966523 (doi:10.1109/JURSE.2015.7120453)

Zhao, Q. , Wentz, E. A. and Murray, A. T. (2014) Shade Optimization in a Desert Environment. In: GIScience 2014, Vienna, Austria, 24-26 Sep 2014,

This list was generated on Sat Oct 16 09:03:58 2021 BST.

Grants

Ongoing projects

  • 2019-2022. Co-I. Urban Big Data Centre Data Service Extension. Economic and Social Science Council (ESRC), United Kingdom (total £2.7m).
  • 2019-2022. PI. Data Lab MSc Scholarship. Scottish Funding Council and European Social Fund (10 MSc Scholarship in total). 
  • 2019-2022. Co-I. Ventilation based Planning Methods to Respond Urban Haze Supported by Multi-source Spatial-temporal Big DataNational Nature Science Foundation of China.

Completed projects

  • 2017. PIOptimizing Tree Locations and Arrangement for Mitigating Urban Heat Island Effects and Improving Human Thermal Comfort in a Hot Arid Urban Residential Environment. Dissertation Research Grant, American Association of Geographers. 

Supervision

I am very happy to supervise PhDs and host Visiting Students/Scholars in:

  • New Forms of Urban Big Data and Urban Analytics 
  • GIScience and Spatial Analysis (Spatial Statistics and Optimization)
  • Human Dynamics and Mobility Patterns
  • Urban Remote Sensing and Urban Climate Modeling

Please email me your updated CV and 1-page research plan if you are interested. 

 

I am currently supervising the following Postdoc researchers and Ph.D. students: 

Postdoc researchers:

Understanding Urban Mobility with Mobile Phone App Data

Housing Sensors Enhanced Survey

 

Ph.D. students:

  • Niantang Liu (with Dr. Brian Barrett and Dr. Richard Williams) - A Deep Convolutional Neural Network-based framework For Crop Classification on High-Resolution Radar & Multispectral Imagery 
  • Henry Ibitolu (with Dr. Chris Beckett and Prof. Sean Smith in the University of Edinburgh) - A Multiscale Evaluation of Sustainable Earthen Materials for Mitigating Urban Heat Island Effects and Energy Use Reduction in Future Cities
  • Ziying Guo (with Dr. John Xiaogang Shi)

 

  • Guo, Ziying
    Hydrological responses to wetland changes in the Yangtze River Basin
  • Liu, Niantang
    A Deep Convolutional Neural Network-based framework for Crop Classification on High-Resolution Radar & Multispectral Imagery

Teaching

Postgraduate

  • Big Data and Urban Analytics (Course Convener, Fall)
  • Programming Tools for Urban Analytics (Course Convener, Spring)
  • Urban Analytics Group Projects (Course Convener, Fall/Spring)
  • Quantitative Data Analysis (Course Tutor, Fall 2019)

Undergraduate

  • Social & Public Policy 2B: Policy, Politics, and Power (Course Contributor, Spring)
  • Big Data, Policy & Power (Course Contributor, Spring)

Professional activities & recognition

Prizes, awards & distinctions

  • 2018: An outstanding paper based upon a recent dissertation in geography, American Association of Geographers (J. Warren Nystrom Award)

Research fellowships

  • 2017: Dissertation Research Grant, American Association of Geographers
  • 2016: Imagery Grant, DigitalGlobe Foundation
  • 2016: Imagery Grant, European Space Agency

Grant committees & research advisory boards

  • 2021 - present: UK Research and Innovation, Future Leaders Fellowships Peer Review College Member

Editorial boards

  • 2021 - present: Series Advisory Editors, the Urban Book series, Springer (https://www.springer.com/series/14773).
  • 2018 - 2019: Guest Editor, Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing of Urban Ecology and Sustainability (with Elizabeth A. Wentz)
  • 2019 - 2020: Guest Editor, Annals of GIS, GIS and Urban Data Science (with Dr. Yijing Li and Dr. Chen Zhong)

Professional & learned societies

  • 2018 - 2021: Board member, Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers

Selected international presentations

  • 2021: GDSL-CDRC Brownbag Seminar (University of Liverpool, UK)
  • 2021: School of Engineering Seminar (Newcastle University, UK)
  • 2020: SAD 2020 Spatial Analytics + Data Seminar Series 2020 (Newcastle University, UK)
  • 2019: Building a Future for the Urban Analytics Blueprints, the Alan Turing Institute (University of Bristol, UK)
  • 2019: NERC Constructing a Digital Environment Workshop (Edinburgh, UK)
  • 2019: Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology and Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University (Boston, USA)
  • 2018: J. Warren Nystrom Award Presentation, American Association of Geographers (New Orleans, USA)

Research datasets

Jump to: 2016
Number of items: 1.

2016

Zhao, Q. (2016) Analysis of rooftop surface temperatures in an urban residential environment. [Data Collection]

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Additional information

Qunshan's doctoral dissertation, Evaluating the Effectiveness of Tree Locations and Arrangements for Improving Urban Thermal Environment (Link: QunshanZhao_Dissertation), received the J. Warren Nystrom Award from the American Association of Geographers (AAG) as one of the most outstanding research papers, based upon a recent dissertation in 2018.

Qunshan serves as the Associate Director of UBDC starting in 2020 and leads the Urban Sensing and Analytics work package. He also convenes the MSc Urban Analytics Programme (MSc student achievements can be found here).

Qunshan served as the Board Member of the Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group (SAM) at AAG from 2018-2021.

Qunshan also serves as the reviewers for ESRC, EPSRC, GCRF, and UKRI FLF, and for top-tier international journals such as Landscape and Urban Planning, Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems, and Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science.