Profile of Miss Wendy Tan University of Groningen

Wendy Tan

Wendy Tan Guan Zhen (1981, Singapore) is currently Assistant Professor of Infrastructure and Transportation Planning at the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen (NL). She holds a PhD (2013) in Spatial Sciences from the University of Amsterdam on the topic of ‘Implementing Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)’ and an MSc in Urbanism (2007, cum laude) from the Delft University of Technology.

General research interests

I am interested in the following; the institutional framework that governs planning, the relationship and network of actors that precipitate planning projects and developments and the development of metropolitan forming qualities (social and cultural) in urban regions.

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Title

Pursuing Transit-Oriented Development: Implementation through institutional change, learning and innovation

PhD Abstract

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) has increasingly become widely embraced and pursued by politicians and planners in various cities and regions around the world as an answer to sustainable urban development and mobility patterns. TOD is achieved through policies and strategies seeking to concentrate urban development around existing and/or new transit infrastructure to spur compact urban forms, economic vitality and public transportation usage. However, implementation challenges of these TOD strategies (TODS) remains. This research focusses on the institutional aspect of TODS implementation and seeks to understand how TODS implementation can be achieved through institutional change whereby institutional barriers can be overcome through the introduction of institutional incentives in a process characterised by learning and institutional innovation. It explores the definition and understanding of these concepts in planning by grounding innovative conceptual and theoretical framework in multiple case studies on the metropolitan regions of Perth, Portland, Vancouver and Copenhagen through an experiential learning cycle. The research concludes on vicious and virtuous cycles in TODS implementation, the dynamics between them, the necessary conditions required for institutional change from vicious to virtuous cycles for planning practitioners and policy makers and reflects on the value of practice-academia research collaborations.

Latest deposited documents

Learning with and from others: experiential learning and action research as an approach to studying transit-oriented developments. image
Learning with and from others: experiential learning and action research as an approach to studying transit-oriented developments. (February 2011)

Research in the planning for transit-oriented development (TOD) are generally contextual and studied from the perspective of planning...

Learning with and from others: experiential learning and action research as an approach to studying transit-oriented developments. image
Learning with and from others: experiential learning and action research as an approach to studying transit-oriented developments. (February 2011)

 Research in the planning for transit-oriented development (TOD) are generally contextual and studied from the perspective of planning...

Letter of Introduction (WTan) image
Letter of Introduction (WTan) (January 2010)

I am a first year PhD candidate (June 2009) in the research group of Planning, Institutions and Transforming Space (PIT); situated in the...

Institutional Incentives for Nodal Development along a Transit Corridor image
Institutional Incentives for Nodal Development along a Transit Corridor (January 2010)

Given the current economic and environmental crisis, urgency has increased for successful corridor developments that integrate spatial and...