Chingwen Cheng

Asst Professor
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TEMPE Campus
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1605
Asst Professor
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TEMPE Campus
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1605
Asst Professor
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TEMPE Campus
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Senior Sustainability Scientist
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TEMPE Campus
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1605
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Biography

Dr. Chingwen Cheng is dedicated in engaging transdisciplinary research to advance the role of green infrastructure in urban planning and design to enhance resilience under the consideration of climate justice for long-term sustainability of communities. Her research has investigated the empirical evidence of Climate Justice—uneven distribution of climate change associated environmental hazards exposed to socially vulnerable groups—in addition to the role of green infrastructure in mitigating climate change impacts and serving as adaptation strategies. Current research efforts have engaged with interdisciplinary experts and stakeholders’ involvement to investigate people’s climate change risk perceptions and attitudes toward climate change adaptation actions, including implementation of green infrastructure and their effects on adapting to climate change.

Prior to joining the ASU in Fall 2015, Dr. Chingwen Cheng was a visiting scholar at the Risk Society and Policy Research Center at the National Taiwan University and post-doctoral research fellow at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. In addition, being a registered Professional Landscape Architect and LEED Accredited Professional, Dr. Cheng has extensive professional experiences in landscape architecture, watershed planning, land development, and urban design prior to academic career.

Throughout her practice, research, and teaching, Dr. Cheng has actively engaged with local communities and professional organizations. She continues to engage students in communities through service-learning projects in studios and research projects. 

Education

PhD, Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2013

MLA, Landscape Architecture, University of Michigan, 2001

BS, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, National Taiwan University-Taipei, 1998

Research Interests

Current research applies resilience and environmental justice theories to investigate climate justice and social-ecological vulnerability at national, regional, and local scales. In addition, Dr. Cheng employs GISand hydrological modeling to evaluate green infrastructure performance for their ecosystem services benefits and adaptive capacity to climate change. More over, Dr. Cheng investigates social-intitutional resilience throuh conducting interviews and surveys to understand the link between climate risk perception and adaptation actions across institutional scales. In turn, Dr. Cheng bring the science-informed knowledge into transdiciplinary-engaged planning and design process with comunities toward resilience and sustainability.

Research Group

UREx-SRN NSF Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainable Research Network

CAP LTER NSF Central Arizona Project Long-Term Ecological Research

UWIN NSF Urban Water Innovation Network

 

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Cheng, C., Tsai, J-Y, Yang, E. Y-C, Esselman, R., Kalcic, M., Mohai, P., & Xu, X. (2017). Risk communication and climate justice planning: A case for Michigan’s Huron River watershed. Urban Planning Journal Special Issue: Social Ecology of Sustainability. Vol 2(4) p34-50. doi: 10.17645/up.v2i4.1045

Cheng, C., Ryan, R.L., Yang, E. Y.-C., Yu, Q. & Brabec, E.2017. Assessing climate change-induced flooding mitigation for adaptation in Boston’s Charles River Watershed. Landscape and Urban Planning, 167, 25-36.

Cheng, C., Ryan, R.L., Warren, P.S. & Nicolson, C. 2017. Exploring stakeholders’ perceptions of urban growth scenarios for metropolitan Boston (USA): The relationship between urban trees and perceived density. Cities and The Environment (CATE). Vol 10: Iss. 1, Article 7.

Cheng, C. 2016. Spatial Climate Justice and Green Infrastructure Assessment: A case study for the Huron River watershed, Michigan, USA. GI_Forum Vol 1: 176-190.

Cheng, C. 2014. Resilience thinking in landscape planning: A transdisciplinary framework and a case for climate change adaptation. Landscape Research Record 2:178-189. 

Cheng, C., Brabec,E.A., Yang, Y.-C. E., & Ryan, R.L. 2014. Rethinking stormwater management in a changing world: Effects of detention for flooding hazard mitigation under climate change scenarios in the Charles River watershed. Landscape Research Record 1:214-228. 

Danford, R., Cheng, C., Strohbach, M.W., Ryan, R.L., Nicolson, C., & Warren, P.S. 2014. What does it take to achieve equitable urban tree canopy distribution? A Boston case study. Cities and the Environment 7(1):2. 

Book Chapters

Cheng, C. (in review). EcoWisdom for climate justice planning: Social-ecological vulnerability assessment in Boston’s Charles River watershed. In EcoWISE: Theory and practice. Publishing: Springer.

Cheng, C. 2014. Green infrastructure, urbanization and climate change-induced flooding: An integrated risk assessment and planning framework for the Charles River watershed in the Boston metropolitan area, USA. Pp. 82-90 In: Palestino, M. F. and F. D. Moccia eds., Planning Stormwater Resilient Urban Open Space. CLEAN.

Conference Presentations (selected)

McPhillips, L., Cheng, C., McPhearson, T., & Grimm, N. (2017). SETs vulnerability assessment to climate extremes: Cross-City Spatial Comparison of Green Infrastructure Distribution in the US and Latin America. The Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) conference. November 10-13. Oaxaca City, Mexico.

Cook, E., Barbosa, O., Berbés-Blázquez, M., Cheng, C., Grimm, N., Iwaniec, D., & McPhearson, T. (2017). SETs vulnerability assessment to climate extremes: A Social-Ecological-Technological Systems (SETS) Approach to Urban Ecosystem Services. The Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) conference. November 10-13. Oaxaca City, Mexico.

Cheng, C., Tsai, J-Y, Yang, E. Y-C, Esselman, R., Kalcic, M., Xu, X. & Mohai, P. (2017). Climate Justice, Risk Communication, and Planning: A case for Michigan's Huron River watershed. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 57th Annual Conference. October 12-15, Denver, Colorado.

Cheng, C., Grimm, N., McPhilips, L., Lee, J. & Palta, M. (2017). Green infrastructure, urban resilience and social sustainability. Resilience 2017. August 20-23, Stockholm, Sweden.

Grimm, N., Blásquez, M.B., Cheng, C., Cook, E.M., McPhearson, T., McPhillips, L.E., (2017). Assessing urban aquatic services in the face of climate-driven extreme events in SYMP 1 - Aquatic Ecosystem Services in a Changing World. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, August 6-11, Portland, Oregon.

Cheng, C., Tsai, J-Y, Yang, E. Y-C, Esselman, R., Kalcic, M., Xu, X. & Mohai, P. (2017). How voices inform design for climate justice and green infrastructure: A case for Michigan’s Huron River watershed. Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) 44th Annual Conference. May 31-June 3, Madison, WI.

Cheng, C. 2016. Social-Ecological Resilience and Green Infrastructure Planning: A Call for Climate Justice in Eco-Cities. The second Congress for the Society of Urban Ecology (SURE). July 8-10, Shanghai, China. 

Cheng, C. 2015. Climate justice and implications in climate change adaptation planning for the Huron River Watershed, Michigan. Presentation at the 55th Annual ACSP Conference: Justice and the City: (re)Examining the Past to Create the Future, October 22-25, 2015, Houston, TX. 

Cheng, C. 2015. Transdisciplinary planning and cultural landscape preservation: A case for Gullah community in St. Helena Island, SC. Presentation at the Symposium on Culture Identity and Spatial Implementation, January 6, 2015, National Quemoy University, Kinmen, Taiwan.

Cheng, C. 2014. Resilent growth with climate justice: A social-environmental climate vulnerability assessment framework for spatial planning. Presentation at the European Schools of Planning (AESOP), July 9-12, 2014, Utrecht-Delft, The Netherlands.

Cheng, C., P. S. Warren, R. L. Ryan and C. Nicolson. 2014. Planning in the linked social-ecological systems: A conceptual framework and a case for the BMA ULTRA-ex Project. Presentation at the edra45: Building with Change, May 28-31, 2014, New Orleans, LA.

PhD Dissertation

Cheng, C. 2013. Social vulnerability, green infrastructure, urbanization and climate change-induced flooding: A risk assessment for the Charles River watershed, Massachusetts, USA. PhD Dissertation. University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ALA 102 Landscapes and Sustainability
LDE 462 Landscape Arch IV
LAP 492 Honors Directed Study
EPD 792 Research
EPD 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
LDE 521 Adv Landscape Arch Studio I
MUD 590 Reading and Conference
DSC 592 Research
LPH 598 Special Topics
EPD 780 Practicum
SOS 790 Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
ALA 102 Landscapes and Sustainability
LDE 462 Landscape Arch IV
EPD 690 Reading and Conference
EPD 780 Practicum
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
ALA 102 Landscapes and Sustainability
LDE 521 Adv Landscape Arch Studio I
MUD 590 Reading and Conference
LPH 598 Special Topics
SOS 790 Reading and Conference
EPD 790 Reading and Conference
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
LDE 462 Landscape Arch IV
LPH 598 Special Topics
EPD 790 Reading and Conference
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
MUD 590 Reading and Conference
LDE 590 Reading and Conference