Regional Planning & Research

Research & Analysis

SCAG’s Research & Analysis Division is led by Frank Wen, PhD, and specializes in geographic, demographic, and economic analysis for local and regional planning initiatives – as well as “state of the practice” research in socioeconomic projections, local review and input process, and Environmental Justice Analysis. Simon Choi, PhD, the Chief Demographer at SCAG and is recognized as a national leader in demographic forecasting and population analysis. Working under Dr. Wen and Dr. Choi are a group of GIS and Data analysts, including Javier Aguilar, Kimberly Clark, Dr. John Cho, Jung Seo, and Ping Wang.

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Simon Choi
Chief in Forecasting and Research
(213) 236-1849

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by Javier Aguilar, April 2013. This presentation discusses the SCAG GIS Services Program for Local Governments in Southern California.
by Hasan Ikhrata, Frank Wen, Simon Choi, April 2013. This study discusses the planning and policy emphasis of the newly developed Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) to achieve the regional Greenhouse Gas emissions target set forth by the California Air Resources Board
by Hsi-Hwa Hu, John Cho, Guoxiong Huang, Frank Wen, Simon Choi, Amy Lightstone, Margaret Shih, February 2013. The purpose of this research is to analyze how neighborhood environmental characteristics, including both land use and built environment, are associated with the likelihood of being obese.
by Rajeev Seetharam, P.E., Mike Jones, Annie Nam, Khalid Bekka, Ph.D., Stephane Gros, Ph.D., Alejandro Solis, Ph.D., January 2013. This paper documents the current commodity flow patterns and associated economic activity at the California-Baja California border region of Imperial County. It also examines the trends and characteristics of international trade that determine the demand for freight activities across the border, focusing on international trade between the U.S. and Mexico. This paper summarizes some of the key findings of the study in terms of current supply chain structure in the region, data collection using Origin-Destination (O/D) surveys, measurement of crossing times at the border, economic implications, and policy recommendations.
by Kimberly Clark, Frank Wen, Simon Choi, Hsi-Hwa Hu, January 2013. This study examines the implications of “smart growth” land use and 8 transportation strategies for the public health of various population groups
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