Professor of Urban and Real Estate Sustainability Siqi Zheng and her Sustainable Urbanization Lab are quantifying how air pollution and other local environmental hazards, such as high temperatures, negatively affect subjective well-being.
The air pollution study is one of many research projects on urbanization that Zheng is pursuing. Others include the impact of environmental amenities on real estate and how environmental hazards such as pollution, climate risks, and COVID affect the value of consumer cities. Zheng has also explored place-based policy evaluations for industrial parks and transportation infrastructure. Recently, her lab launched a study on sustainable real estate, including incentives for financing green and healthy buildings.