Yicong Yang

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Yicong Yang is a Ph.D. candidate in Urban and Regional Planning with a minor in Geography. Her interdisciplinary research bridges social science scholarship from sustainable transportation, behavior economics, and public health. Her dissertation research is supported by the Graduate Student Research Grant from Global Health Institute and the Two-Year University Fellowship.


During her time at UW-Madison, she worked as a teaching assistant/co-instructor for various courses at the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture and Department of Geography, such as Methods in Planning Analysis, Geographic Information Systems, Intro to Human Geography, Survey in Landscape Architecture, and Open Space Design Studio. She also worked as a project assistant and led the development of two equity curriculum modules, “health and transportation” and “involving underserved communities,” for a grant project supported by the Center for Transportation, Equity, Decisions and Dollars (CTEDD).


Yicong holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Urban Design from Huazhong University of Science and Technology and University College London and a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University.



Environmental and Behavioral Perspectives of Active Transportation: Infrastructure Effectiveness, Health Benefits and Risks, and Policy Impacts