Traditionally, familiar strangers(FS) are defined as those we encounter and observe repeatedly in the city but never interact with. They are common to most urban dwellers. They also have various socioeconomic, sociopsychological and public-policy implications, which have only been discretely mentioned and/or examined in existing studies across different disciplines. By revisiting and synthesizing those studies, this study contends that FS could provide new perspectives for urban studies and planning. It also conceptualizes “FS” against the backdrop of increased emergence and availability of big and open data. Built on this, it verifies and/or shows that spatial structure, population distribution and transport network significantly influence the number and the odds of the FS among millions of metro riders.
About the Speaker
Dr. Jiangping Zhou, is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). He has brought much international experience, knowledge and network to his post at HKU. Prior to HKU, he was Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Urban Planning at University of Queensland, Australia and Assistant Professor in Community and Regional Planning, Transportation and Sustainable Environments, Iowa State University, US. His primary research interests are in sustainable urban and transport systems and associated policy and planning studies, especially from a comparative perspective and based on emerging data such as cellular network data and smart card data.
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