University of California, San Diego
My research focuses on the intersection of urban planning and geography, especially: (1) urbanization in transitional economies; (2) urban sustainability from a socio-ecological perspective; and (3) environmental challenges in the Global South. My research is interdisciplinary and transnational, grounded in the theoretical and practical foundations of urban planning. My dissertation research examines the causes and processes of urbanization through a socio-ecological lens, combining socioeconomic and biophysical forces influencing urbanization. In addition to doctoral research, I have actively engaged in multiple collaborative projects on the ecology of the Mongolian Plateau, and on globalization and urban sustainability in China and Vietnam. As a National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) graduate research fellow, I have taken part in computational modelling to explore how climate changes affect agrarian livelihoods in Northern India. Prior to joining the MSU doctoral program, I served as a research intern at IRRI, in the Philippines, and started my professional career as a GIS specialist in Saquisili, Ecuador. I have professional experience in Asia, Latin America, and the United States, and am native Korean and fluent in Spanish.