Imperial College London

Liang Ma

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Postgraduate







Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Liang Ma is a PhD candidate at Centre for Transport Studies in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London.

She received a first-class Msc degree in Transport with Business Management from Imperial College London in 2014, and an outstanding graduate award of Dalian Maritime University with a BSc in Transport Management (Port Operation & Management) and a BA in English in 2013. She has been working as a data scientist and urban planner in the Technology Innovation Center at Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Designing Institute for more than 2 years.

Her main research field and project experience lie in big data application in transport  and urban planning. This includes quantitative studies on job-housing balance, spatial-temporal individual behaviors, public transport assessment with fine-granularity data, disaggregate transport mode choice, relationship between road traffic and land use pattern, and model development with advanced machine learning methods, etc.

Her PhD research focuses on evaluating the causal impact of public transport interventions on air quality, considering the complicated mechanism of interactions among urban subsystems.