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Program on Chinese Cities Academic Research and Training Program


Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Allie Thomas studies how best practices travel the globe and where they land. She uses ethnographic research methods to understand how “best practices” in transportation are adopted (or not) in developing economies, such as China, focusing on planners. Her US-based work focuses on electric bicycles and family travel. She is semi-fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has extensive experience living in China.