Alainna Thomas

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, National Center for Sustainable Transportation, China Center for Energy and Transportation
Thomas, Alainna

Research Interests

  • Electric vehicle policy
  • Travel behavior
  • Organizational learning in transportation planning agencies
  • Non-motorized transportation
  • Transportation planning in developing countries

Biography

Alainna Thomas completed her undergraduate degree Asian/Islamic History at UC Santa Cruz, and received her Master's and Ph.D. in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley. She  is currently a postdoctoral scholar working at the Institute of Transportation Studies’ National Center for Sustainable Transportation and the China Center for Energy and Transportation. Her work focuses on electric vehicles in both the United States and China. For her US work, she is focusing on how electric bicycles use amongst bicyclists with children. For her China work, she is partnering with the China Automobile and Technology Research Center (CATARC) to conduct consumer behavior studies in cities across China. She has lived (on and off) and worked in China for over 15 years. Her doctoral research focused on Chinese transportation planning organizations and their learning and implementation processes as they adopt and adapt western planning policies such as bus rapid transit or transit-oriented development to their cities. She has carried out research in Chinese in mega-cities such as Beijing and Shanghai and second-tier cities such as Chengdu, Jinan, and Kunming. Her research has been supported by the University of California’s Transportation Center (UCTC), National Security Education Program (NSEP), the Center for Chinese Studies, and the Women’s Transportation Seminar. She did post-baccalaureate work at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies.

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Alainna Thomas completed her undergraduate degree Asian/Islamic History at UC Santa Cruz, and received her Master’s and Ph.D. in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley. She  is currently a postdoctoral scholar working at the Institute of Transportation Studies’ National Center for Sustainable Transportation and the China Center for Energy and Transportation. Her work focuses on electric vehicles in both the United States and China. For her US work, she is focusing on how electric bicycles use amongst bicyclists with children. For her China work, she is partnering with the China Automobile and Technology Research ...

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