Research Associate in Transport and Development, UCL

Chia-Lin is a research associate in the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL after completing her PhD research. Prior to her PhD study, she has obtained BSc and Msc Architecture in Taiwan, and MSc Urban Regeneration in the UK. Based on her work experience in local authorities in Taiwan, she has developed her research interest around uneven development and transformation of cities and regions as well as the relationship between transport and urban/regional dynamism. Her PhD thesis is entitled "The Spatial-Economic Impact of High-Speed Trains: Nationally (The UK IC125) and Regionally (A British-French Comparison)". This work investigated the wider spatial-economic impact of HST on reducing regional inequality, offering a critical contribution to the controversial debate on the wider impacts of high-speed trains on dynamic spatial-economic development.


  • –present
    Lecturer, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University


  • 2013 
    Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, PhD Urban and Regional Planning Studies
  • 2007 
    Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, MSc Urban Regeneration
  • 2001 
    Ministry of The Interior of the ROC, Taiwan, Qualification of Architect
  • 1998 
    National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan, MSc Architecture
  • 1996 
    National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan, BSc Architecture


  • 2013
    Hall, P., Chen, C.-L. (2013) Using HS2 to irrigate the Regions. Town and Country Planning, 82, 170-174.,
  • 2012
    Chen, C.-L. (2012). Reshaping Chinese space-economy through high-speed trains: opportunities and challenges. Journal of Transport Geography 22, 312-316. ,
  • 2012
    Chen, C.-L., & Hall, P. (2012). The wider spatial-economic impacts of high-speed trains: a comparative case study of Manchester and Lille sub-regions. Journal of Transport Geography, 24, 89-110.,
  • 2012
    Chen, C.-L. (2012). The case for HS2 from a regional, social and economic perspective: Debate in a UK Parliamentary seminar. Regions, 287(3), 4-5.,
  • 2011
    Chen, C.-L., & Wray, I. (2011). Can high-speed rail save the regions? Town and Country Planning 80 (3), 119-127.,
  • 2011
    Chen, C.-L., & Hall, P. (2011). The impacts of high-speed trains on British economic geography: a study of the UK's InterCity 125/225 and its effects. Journal of Transport Geography 19, 689-704.,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2005
    Government scholarship
    approximately $135,000 ( during September 2006-September 2009) for research on sustainable development of built environment
    Funding Source:
    Ministry of Education in Taiwan