Dr. Chen’s area of expertise is spatial/rural economics with a focus on the sustainability of rural economic development from the perspective of coupled human-natural system interactions. His current research projects focus on how rural economic development is affected by environmental policies and the exposure to natural hazards like tsunami. His research area also includes dynamic and spatial simulation of land use change.
Publications have appeared in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Regional Science, Annals of Regional Science, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Ecological Economics, Climatic Change and Choices.
“Collaborative Research: Spatial Dynamic Modeling of Exurban Land Markets and Land Use Patterns”. Funding Agency: National Science Foundation.
“Collaborative Research: Understanding Biogeochemical Cycling in the Context of Climate Variability Using a Regional Earth System Modeling Framework”. Funding Agency: National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
“An Integrated Engineering-Economic Vulnerability Assessment Tool to Increase Tsunami Preparedness in Rural Coastal Counties”. Funding Agency: Oregon Sea Grant.