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Chingwen Cheng

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Biography: 

Chingwen Cheng is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at The Design School and Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University. Dr. Cheng is dedicated to engaging transdisciplinary research for the advancement of green infrastructure planning and design in building resilient communities. She developed a framework for studying Climate Justicescape investigating spatial patterns of socially vulnerable groups exposed to climate change associated hazards combined with procedural justice in the community design process and distributive justice of green infrastructure planning and design outcomes in building resilience capacity for climate change adaptation with communities. Cheng was a visiting scholar at the Risk Society and Policy Research Center and Research Center for Future Earth at the National Taiwan University, and post-doctoral research fellow at University of Michigan focusing on empirical environmental justice research. She is a registered Professional Landscape Architect and LEED Accredited Professional with extensive professional experiences in watershed planning, stormwater management, Low-Impact Development, community engagement, and urban design in the US.

Throughout her practice, research, and teaching, 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. Currently, Cheng is serving on the Board of Directors for Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), co-chair for American Society of Landscape Architects Environmental Justice Professional and Practice Network (ASLA EJ PPN), and co-chair for Landscape Planning and Ecology Track in Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA). In her capacity serving the public interests, Cheng is dedicating in integrating research and practice in design for equity and social impacts in communities.       

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • M.L.A. Landscape Architecture, University of Michigan 
  • B.S. Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, National Taiwan University-Taipei 
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 GIS and 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: 

AlKhaled, S.*, Coseo, P., Brazel, A., Cheng, C., Sailor, D., (2020). Between aspiration and actuality: A systematic review of morphological heat mitigation strategies in hot urban deserts. Urban Climate (31). doi: 10.1016/j.uclim.2019.100570

Cheng, C. (2019). Climate justicescape and implications for urban resilience in American cities. In The Routledge Handbook of Urban Resilience. ed. Burayidi, M., Twigg, J., Allen, A., & Wamlester, C. Publishing: Taylor & Francis Books. 83-96.

Cheng C. (2019). EcoWisdom for Climate Justice Planning: Social-Ecological Vulnerability Assessment in Boston’s Charles River Watershed. In: Yang B., Young R. (eds), Ecological Wisdom: Theory and Practice. Springer, Singapore. 249-265.

Rosenzweig, B.R., McPhillips, L., Chang, H.,  Cheng, C., Welty, C., Matsler, M., Iwaniec, D., & Davidson, C.I. (2018). Pluvial flood risk and opportunities for resilience. WIREs Water. e1302. doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1302 

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. 

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.

 

Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
LDE 462Landscape Arch IV
LAP 492Honors Directed Study
LAP 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LAP 493Honors Thesis
LDE 521Adv Landscape Arch Studio I
LAP 592Research
LPH 598Special Topics
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
DSC 499Individualized Instruction
DSC 584Internship
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ALA 102Landscapes and Sustainability
EPD 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ALA 102Landscapes and Sustainability
LDE 461Landscape Architecture III
LAP 493Honors Thesis
LDE 521Adv Landscape Arch Studio I
LAP 592Research
SOS 790Reading and Conference
EPD 792Research
EPD 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ALA 102Landscapes and Sustainability
LDE 462Landscape Arch IV
LAP 492Honors Directed Study
EPD 792Research
EPD 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LDE 521Adv Landscape Arch Studio I
MUD 590Reading and Conference
DSC 592Research
LPH 598Special Topics
EPD 780Practicum
SOS 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ALA 102Landscapes and Sustainability
LDE 462Landscape Arch IV
EPD 690Reading and Conference
EPD 780Practicum
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LDE 462Landscape Arch IV
LPH 598Special Topics
EPD 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MUD 590Reading and Conference
LDE 590Reading and Conference