Mengqiu (Matthew) (FRGS, FRSS, FRSA, FHEA, MCIHT, MILT, MTPS, MTCPA, MeRSA) is a Senior Lecturer in Transport, Logistics and Urban Planning at the University of Westminster. He is also a Guest Lecturer at the University College London (UCL), and an External Examiner at the University of Greenwich. He was previously a Guest Lecturer at the University of Greenwich, and a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Planning and Transport, University of Westminster. He was awarded his PhD at the UCL. He works in academia and industry in an interdisciplinary research field, which is primarily a mixture of transport analysis and urban studies. In addition, he has also worked with public authorities and international funding organisations. He has served as the UK Ambassador for the Association of European Transport. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Urban Mobility. His current research interests include: transport planning; sustainable transport development; transport and climate change; freight transport and logistics; statistics and transport modelling; social equity and well-being; travel behaviour; urban mobility; urban planning and sustainable cities.


  • Cao. M. and Spurling, J. (2022). Fundamental Concepts and Functions of Passenger and Freight Transportation in Great Britain. Boca Raton: BrownWalker Press.
  • Zhang, Y., Cao, M., Cheng, L., Gao, X. and De Vos, J. (2022). Exploring the temporal variations in accessibility to health services for older adults: A case study in Greater London. Journal of Transport and Health, 24, 101334. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2022.101334
  • Cao, M. (2021). Transport Planning and Management and its Implications in Chinese Cities. In: Vickerman, R. (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Transportation. United Kingdom: Elsevier Ltd., 6, 44–50. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-102671-7.10612-8
  • Chen, W., Cheng, L., Chen, X., Chen J. and Cao, M. (2021). Measuring accessibility to health care services for older bus passengers: A finer spatial resolution. Journal of Transport Geography, 93, 103068. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2021.103068
  • Cheng, L., Shi, K., De Vos, J., Cao, M. and Witlox, F. (2021). Examining the spatially heterogeneous effects of the built environment on walking among older adults. Transport Policy, 100, 21–30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2020.10.004
  • De Vos, J., Waygood, E.O.D., Letarte, L. and Cao, M. (2021). Do frequent satisfying trips by public transport impacts its intended use in later life?. Transportation, 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11116-021-10209-0
  • Gao, X., Cao, M., Zhang, Y., Liu, Y., Tong, H. and Yao, Q. (2021). Towards sustainability: An assessment of an urbanisation bubble in China using a hierarchical – Stochastic multicriteria acceptability analysis – Choquet integral method. Journal of Cleaner Production, 279, 123650. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.123650
  • Gao, X., Wang, Z., Cao, M., Liu, Y., Zhang, Y., Wu, M. and Qiu, Y. (2021). Neighbourhood satisfaction in rural resettlement residential communities: The case of Suqian, China. Housing Studies, 1–22. https://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2020.1853068
  • Lee, R., Shammut, M., Allen, J., Gao, X., Yang, T. and Cao, M. (2021). Investigating the implications of the London Heathrow Airport expansion for the landside freight industry. Logistics, 5(3), 50. https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics5030050
  • Ling, Y., Xia, S., Cao, M., He, K., Lim, M.K., Sukumar, A., Yi. H. and Qian, X. (2021). Carbon emissions in China’s thermal electricity and heating industry: An input-output structural decomposition analysis. Journal of Cleaner Production, 329, 129608. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.129608
  • Liu, Q., Chen, C-L. and Cao, M. (2021). Exploring the relationship between the commuting experience and hedonic and eudaimonic well-being. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 99, 103026. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2021.103026
  • Lyu, Y., Cao, M., Zhang, Y., Yang, T. and Shi, C. (2021). Investigating users’ perspectives on the development of bike-sharing in Shanghai. Research in Transportation Business and Management, 40, 100543. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rtbm.2020.100543
  • Piecyk, M., Allen, J., Woodburn, A. and Cao, M. (2021). Online Shopping and Last-Mile Deliveries: Briefing Report. United Kingdom: Centre for Sustainable Road Freight.
  • Song, X., Cao, M., Zhai, K., Gao, X., Wu, M. and Yang, T. (2021). The effects of spatial planning, well-being and behavioural changes during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, 3, 686706. https://doi.org/10.3389/frsc.2021.686706
  • Swift, A., Cheng, L., Loo, B.P.Y., Cao, M. and Witlox, F. (2021). Step-free railway station access in the UK: The value of inclusive design. European Transport Research Review, 13, 45. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12544-021-00504-3
  • Wan, L., Yang, T., Jin, Y., Wang, D., Shi, C., Yin, Z., Cao, M. and Pan, H. (2021). Estimating commuting matrix and error mitigation – A complementary use of aggregate travel survey, location-based big data and discrete choice models. Travel Behaviour and Society, 25, 102–111. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tbs.2021.04.012
  • Wang, Z., Liu, H., Zhu, Y., Zhang, Y., Basiri, A., Büttner, B., Gao, X. and Cao, M. (2021). Identifying urban functional areas and their dynamic changes in Beijing: Using multiyear transit smart card data. Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 147(2), 04021002. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000662
  • Wu, M., Gao, X., Cao, M. and Papa, E. (2021). Large-scale enterprises, social capital and the post-disaster development of community tourism: The case of Taoping, China. International Journal of Tourism Research, 23(5), 757–769. https://doi.org/10.1002/jtr.2439
  • Wu, M., Gao, X., Cao, M., Papa, E. and Zhu, X. (2021). The changes of intergovernmental collaboration dynamic in post-disaster destination management: Network analysis. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 48, 32–45. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhtm.2021.05.006
  • Yang, Y., Cao, M., Cheng, L., Zhai, K., Zhao, X. and De Vos, J. (2021). Exploring the relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic and changes in travel behaviour: A qualitative study. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 11, 100450. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trip.2021.100450
  • Zhang, Y., Marshall, S., Cao, M., Manley, E. and Chen, H. (2021). Discovering the evolution of urban structure using smart card data: The case of London. Cities, 112, 103157. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2021.103157
  • Cao, M. and Hickman, R. (2020). Transport, Social Equity and Capabilities in East Beijing. In: Chen, C.-L., Pan, H., Shen, Q. and Wang, J. (eds.), Handbook on Transport and Urban Transformation in China. London: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Cheng, L., Yang, J., Chen, X., Cao, M., Zhou, H. and Sun, Y. (2020). How could the station-based bike sharing system and the free-floating bike sharing system be coordinated?. Journal of Transport Geography, 89, 102896. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2020.102896
  • Gao, X., Cao, M., Yang, T. and Basiri, A. (2020). Transport development, intellectual property rights protection and innovation: The case of the Yangtze River Delta Region, China. Research in Transportation Business and Management, 37, 100563. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rtbm.2020.100563
  • Gao, X., Zhai, K., Qiu, Y., Cao, M. and Wu, M. (2020). Innovation institution and spatial transfer of energy industry: The case of Jiangsu province, China. SAGE Open, 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244019900181
  • Liu, C., Cao, M., Yang, T., Ma, L., Wu, M., Cheng, L. and Ye, R. (2020). Inequalities in the commuting burden: Institutional constraints and job-housing relationships in Tianjin, China. Research in Transportation Business and Management, 100545. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rtbm.2020.100545
  • Liu, Y., Wang, R., Lu, Y., Li, Z., Chen, H., Cao, M., Zhang, Y. and Song, Y. (2020). Natural outdoor environment, neighbourhood social cohesion and mental health: Using multilevel structural equation modelling, streetscape and remote-sensing metrics. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 48, 126576. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2019.126576
  • Low, W-Y., Cao, M., De Vos, J. and Hickman, R. (2020). The journey experience of visually impaired people on public transport in London. Transport Policy, 97, 137–148. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2020.07.018
  • Wang, Y., Cao, M., Liu, Y., Ye, R., Gao, X. and Ma, L. (2020). Public transport equity in Shenyang: Using structural equation modelling. Research in Transportation Business and Management, 100555. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rtbm.2020.100555
  • Zhang, Y. and Cao, M. (2020). How will transit station closures affect Londoners?. Focus, 22(10), 52–53.
  • Zhang, Y., Chapple, K., Cao, M., Dennett, A. and Smith, D. (2020). Visualising urban gentrification and displacement in Greater London. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 52(5), 819–824. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518X19880211
  • Cao, M. and Hickman, R. (2019). Understanding travel and differential capabilities and functionings in BeijingTransport Policy, 83, 46–56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2019.08.006
  • Cao, M. and Hickman, R. (2019). Urban transport and social inequities in neighbourhoods near underground stations in Greater London. Transportation Planning and Technology, 42(5), 419–441. https://doi.org/10.1080/03081060.2019.1609215
  • Cao, M., Zhang, Y., Zhang, Y., Li, S. and Hickman, R. (2019). Using Different Approaches to Evaluate Individual Social Equity in Transport. In: Hickman, R., Mella-Lira, B., Givoni, M. and Geurs, K. (eds.), A Companion to Transport, Space and Equity. London: Edward Elgar.
  • Cuthill, N., Cao, M., Liu, Y., Gao, X. and Zhang Y. (2019). The association between urban public transport infrastructure and social equity and spatial accessibility within the urban environment: An investigation of Tramlink in London. Sustainability, 11(5), 1229. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11051229
  • Shammut, M., Cao, M., Zhang, Y., Papaix, C., Liu, Y. and Gao, X. (2019). Banning diesel vehicles in London: Is 2040 too late?. Energies, 12(18), 3495. http://doi.org/10.3390/en12183495
  • Song, Z., Cao, M., Han, T. and Hickman, R. (2019). Public transport accessibility and housing value uplift: Evidence from the Docklands Light Railway in London. Case Studies on Transport Policy, 7(3), 607–616. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cstp.2019.07.001
  • Spurling, D., Spurling J. and Cao. M. (2019). Transport Economics Matters: Applying Economic Principles to Transportation in Great Britain. Boca Raton: BrownWalker Press.
  • Cao, M. and Hickman, R. (2018). Car dependence and housing affordability: An emerging social deprivation issue in London. Urban Studies, 55(10), 2088–2105. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098017712682
  • Hickman, R., Lopez, N., Cao, M., Mella-Lira, B. and Biona, J.B. (2018). “I Drive outside of Peak Time to Avoid Traffic Jams—Public Transport Is Not Attractive Here.” Challenging Discourses on Travel to the University Campus in Manila. Sustainability, 10(5), 1462. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051462
  • Cao, M., Chen, C-L. and Hickman, R. (2017). Transport emissions in Beijing: A scenario planning approach. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Transport, 170(2), 65–75. https://doi.10.1680/jtran.15.00093
  • Hickman, R., Cao, M., Mella-Lira, B., Fillone, A. and Biona, J.B. (2017). Understanding capabilities, functionings and travel in high and low income neighbourhoods in Manila. Social Inclusion, 5(4), 161–174. https://doi.org/10.17645/si.v5i4.1083

Research Projects:

  • The National Social Science Fund of China: Sustainable Urban Planning and Community Governance Model Application: A Comparison between the UK and China.
  • SCUE Research Fund, UK: Exploring the Relationship between the Effects of the Outbreak of COVID-19 and Changes in Travel Behaviour.
  • Developing Researcher Funding Scheme, UK: Sustainable Travel and Well-being in Asian Cities.
  • The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK: Centre for Sustainable Road Freight.
  • The National Natural Science Foundation of China: The Impacts of Social Equity and Transport Accessibility on a Just City: Empirical Evidence from London and Shanghai.
  • University of California, Berkeley, London Displacement Project, USA: Displacement, Gentrification, and Transit Investment in London.
  • Newton Fund Institutional Links Project, UK:  Sustainable Cities and Resilient Transport.
  • Asian Development Bank: Improving Interchanges: Basic Planning and Design Guide for Multimodal Railway Interchange Hubs in the People’s Republic of China.


Mengqiu mainly teaches on the MSc Transport Planning and Management, and MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management. He coordinates/lectures on the following postgraduate and undergraduate modules:

  • 7TRAN028W Transport Economics
  • 7TRAN027W Streets, Places and Active Transport
  • 7TRAN021W Research Dissertation (Transport)
  • 7PLAN013W Planning Theory and Practice
  • 4PLAN002W Contemporary Issues in Designing Cities
  • 7TRAN031W Air Transport Planning and Management – Additional Activities Programme

In previous years

  • 7TRAN013W Land Use, Planning and Transport
  • 7TRAN027W Traffic and Streets
  • 7TRAN030W Transport Policy and Politics
  • 7TRAN016W Logistics Management in a Retail Supply Chain Context
  • 7PLAN010W Planning for Urban Risk and Resilience
  • 7PLAN015W Public Realm