Siqi Zheng

Samuel Tak Lee Champion Professor
Professor, Urban and Real Estate Sustainability
MIT School of Architecture and Planning

Siqi Zheng is the STL Champion Professor of Urban and Real Estate Sustainability at the Center for Real Estate and Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.

In her time at MIT, Siqi has founded and led the MIT Sustainable Urbanization Lab. She now also serves as the Faculty Director of the Center for Real Estate in SA+P. A former president of the Asian Real Estate Society, Siqi is on its board as well as the board of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. She is the Associated Editor of Journal of Regional Science, Environmental and Resource Economics, and Journal of Economic Surveys.

Siqi’s field of specialization is urban and environmental economics and policy, including environmental sustainability (particularly air pollution and climate risks), place-based policies (new planned cities and transportation infrastructure), and self-sustaining urban growth. She published in many peer reviewed international journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Human Behaviour, and the Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Urban Economics, Transportation Research Part A, Environment and Planning A, Ecological Economics, Journal of Regional Science, Real Estate Economics. Siqi also co-authored “Blue Skies over Beijing: Economic Growth and the Environment in China” (with Matthew Kahn, Princeton University Press). She teaches “Sustainable Real Estate: Economics and Business” in Course 11.

Siqi’s interest in these areas dates back to her graduate student days in China, and later the post-doc experience in both Harvard and MIT.  She clearly saw the energy and pollution challenges Chinese cities were facing, as well as the urban sprawl’s negative environmental consequences in the US cities. She got excited in the research ideas how individual behaviors and policy actions can work together to shape sustainable real estate and cities.

Siqi really likes the cross-industry and cross-discipline nature of the MCSC. The founding companies of the MCSC are at various positions and are naturally connected in the value chains. The MCSC’s unique strength is to build such cross-sector linkages together with MIT’s strong ecosystem in sustainability and climate innovation, to enhance synergy, build resilience and seek cross-sector solutions across the entire economy and society.