Urban Planning


Assistant Professor



Research interests:

Healthy Urban Planning and Design, Biophilic Cities and Design, Environmental Health, Quantitative Analysis



2017.08-2019.08: Doctor of Philosophy in Population Health Sciences, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences & T.H. Chan School of Public Health

2015.08-2017.05: Master of Science in Environmental Health, Harvard University, T.H. Chan School of Public Health

2007.09-2010.03: Master of Engineering in Urban Planning and Design, Tongji University, College of Architecture and Urban Planning

2001.09-2006.06: Bachelor of Engineering in Urban Planning, Central South University, School of Civil Engineering and Architecture


Professional Appointments:  

2021.07- Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Planning, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University

2019.09-2021.06: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Yerby Fellow since 7/2020), Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

2017.6-2017.08: Research Assistant, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

2013.06-2015.08: Senior Urban Planning and Design Consultant, Shanghai TDI Architectural Design & Urban Planning Co., Ltd.

2010.07-2013.05: Associate Urban Planner/Project Manager, Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute

2006.07-2007.08: Assistant Urban Planner, Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute


Professional Memberships

Member, Mentorship Committee, The International Society of Exposure Science

Member, Healthy City Academic Committee, Chinese Society for Urban Studies

Member, Urban Planning Society of China

Reviewer: Landscape and Urban Planning, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Environment and Behavior, Building and Environment, Indoor Air, Indoor and Built Environment, Architectural Science Review , Environmental Research, Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, Journal of Urban Health, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part B, npj Urban Sustainability, Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Health Environments Research & Design Journal, Landscape Architecture (in Chinese)



Undergraduate courses: Graduate Design Studio, Regulatory Plan Studio, Detailed Planning and Design (2) Studio, Design Foundations (1) Studio, Principles of Urban and Rural Planning (A), City Readings (Guest lecturer), Introduction to Research Methods in Urban Sociology (Guest lecturer), Urban Spatial Planning & Development Strategies (Guest lecturer)

Graduate courses: Eco-city Theory and Practice, Strategies and Policies for Urban Development (Guest lecturer), Comparative Studies on Chinese and American Urban Development (Guest lecturer), Research Methodology for Urban Studies (Guest lecturer)



Journal Articles (* corresponding author)

· J. Yin, Q. Guo, L. Wang, Incorporating Public Health into Urban and Rural Planning for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Training: Insight from Dual Degree Programs in the United States, Urban Planning International (2022) (in Chinese).

· Y. Sun, F. Li, T. He, Y. Meng, J. Yin, I.S. Yim, L. Xu, J. Wu, Physiological and affective responses to green space virtual reality among pregnant women, Environmental Research (2022), 114499

· L. Xu, Y. Zhang, F. Li, J. Yin, Perceptual difference of urban public spaces between design professionals and ‘laypersons’: Evidence, health implications and ready-made urban design templates, Indoor and Built Environment (2022) 1420326X221116318.

· J. Yin, G. N. Bratman, M. Browning, J.D. Spengler, H. A. Olvera Alvarez. Stress Recovery from Virtual Exposure to a Brown (Desert) Environment versus a Green Environment, Journal of Environmental Psychology. 81 (2022) 101775.

· Z. Zhang, K. Zhuo, W. Wei, F. Li, J. Yin*, L. Xu*, Emotional Responses to the Visual Patterns of Urban Streets: Evidence from Physiological and Subjective Indicators, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18(18) (2021) 9677.

· C.-P. Yu, H.-T. Chen, P.-H. Chao, J. Yin, M.-J. Tsai, The Role of Social Context in Physiological and Psychological Restoration in a Forest: Case Study of a Guided Forest Therapy Program in Taiwan, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18(19) (2021) 10076.

· J. Bu, J. Yin, Y. Yu, Y. Zhan Identifying the daily activity spaces of older adults living in a high-density urban area: a study using the smartphone-based global positioning system trajectory in Shanghai, Sustainability. 13(9) (2021) 5003

· I. Holland, N. DeVille, M. Browning, R. Buehler, J. Hart, J. Aaron Hipp, R. Mitchell, D. Rakow, J. Schiff, M. White, J. Yin, P. James, Measuring Nature Contact: A Narrative Review, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18(8) (2021) 4092

· L.P. Tomasso, J. Yin, J. G. Cedeno-Laurent, P., J. Chen, J. Catalano, J.D. Spengler, The Relationship between Nature Deprivation and Individual Wellbeing across Urban Gradients under COVID-19, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18(4) (2021) 1511.

· J. Yin*, J. Yuan, N. Arfaei, P.J. Catalano, J.G. Allen, J.D. Spengler, Effects of Biophilic Indoor Environment on Stress and Anxiety Recovery: A Between-subjects Experiment in Virtual Reality, Environment International. 136 (2020) 105427.

· J. Yin*, N. Arfaei, P. MacNaughton, P.J. Catalano, J.G. Allen, J.D. Spengler, Effects of Biophilic Interventions in Office on Stress Reaction and Cognitive Function: A Randomized Crossover Study in Virtual Reality, Indoor Air. 29(6) (2019) 1028-1039.

· J. Yin*, S. Zhu, P. MacNaughton, J.G. Allen, J.D. Spengler, Physiological and Cognitive Performance of Exposure to Biophilic Indoor Environment, Building and Environment. 132 (2018) 255-262.

· X. Cao, P. MacNaughton, Z. Deng, J. Yin, X. Zhang, J.G. Allen, Using Twitter to Better Understand the Spatiotemporal Patterns of Public Sentiment: A Case Study in Massachusetts, USA, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15(2) (2018) 250. 

· J. Yin*, J. Li, Analysis on the Evaluation of Small-town Land Resource Caring Capacity, Development of Small Cities & Towns, No.5 (Serial 251), 31-37 (in Chinese).

Book Chapters  

· J. Yin, J.D. Spengler, Going Biophilic, Living and Working in Biophilic Buildings, in: Urban Health, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019, pp. 369-374.

· L.P. Tomasso, C. Contreras Casado, J. Rodriguez, J. Yin, J.K. Africa, Yueqing’s Healthy Future: A Case Study in Design Planning for Healthy Urbanization, in: U.M. Azeiteiro, M. Akerman, W. Leal Filho, A.F.F. Setti, L.L. Brandli (Eds.), Lifelong Learning and Education in Healthy and Sustainable Cities, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2018, pp. 551-572.


Awards & Honors

· Shanghai Leading Talents (Overseas), 2022-2024

· Second Prize (Mentor), 2nd National Student Competition on Territorial Spatial Planning and Design, 2022

· First Prize (Mentor), Urban Design Competition on Regeneration of Shencheng Line, 2021

· Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship, HSPH, 2020-2021

· Dr. Donald Hornig Postdoctoral Travel Award, HSPH, 2020

· Health in Buildings Roundtable (HiBR) Scholar, NIH, 2020

· Professional Development Fund, Harvard University, 2019

· Conference Travel Award, ISIAQ, 2019

· Student Conference Support Award, International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ), 2018



· 2022-2024: Shanghai Municipal Health and Wellness Commission, Healthy Shanghai Action Project, Grant No. JKSHZX-2022-17 (¥580,000). Investigator (PI: L. Wang), Study on the Functional Expansion and Morphological Improvement of the Healthy Public Spaces of Landmarks in Shanghai: Case Studies of Huangpu River and Suzhou River.

· 2019-2020: Harvard-National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center Pilot Project Grant No. T42 OH008416 ($14,750). Principal Investigators (Mentor: J.D. Spengler), Effect of Visual-Audio Biophilic Interactions in Open-plan Office on Stress and Cognitive Function.

· 2017-2018: Stantec Inc., Greenlight R&D Fund ($50,000). Co-Principal Investigator, Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace

· 2017-2018: Harvard-National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center Pilot Project Grant No. T42 OH008416 ($14,910). Principal Investigator (Mentor: J.G. Allen), Assessing Health Impact of Biophilic Design for Indoor Work Environment in Virtual Reality

· 2016-2017: Harvard Office for Sustainability, Campus Sustainability Innovation Fund ($10,000). Principal Investigator, Assessing the Health Impact of Biophilic Design among Harvard Buildings: A Virtual Reality Approach

· 2010-2013: Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute Research Fund. Investigator (PI: J. Li)

2012-2013Content of Rural Planning in China (¥100,000)

2011-2012Ecological and Environmental Regulation and Technical Guidelines for Regulatory Plan in Shanghai (¥60,000)

2010-2011Software Development for Assessing Ecological Carrying Capacity in Master Plan (¥180,000)

· 2010-2011: Shanghai Municipal Administration of Planning and Land Resources Research Fund (¥250,000). Investigator (PI: J. Li), Technical Guidelines for Regulatory Plan in Shanghai: Special Issue on Ecology and Environment

· 2007-2010: The National Key Technology R&D Program on the 11th Five Years Plan of China (¥2,260,000). Investigator (PI: J. Li), Key Technologies on Evaluating and Warning System of Ecological Carrying Capacity in Urbanizing China