Bumsoo Lee

Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

PhD, University of Southern California 2006

Room M206 Temple Buell Hall 611 Lorado Taft Drive
Champaign IL 61820

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Bumsoo Lee's research is motivated by an interest in the spatial organization of urban areas and regional economies with the aim of helping communities make more informed decisions about sustainable infrastructure and development at the local and regional scales. His investigates how technological development is reshaping agglomeration economies and urban structure, how land use and transportation interact, and what is the role of pricing and land use policies for more sustainable development. His recent research projects include studies on complementary effects of pricing and land use policies, the influence of urban form on travel behavior and Greenhouse Gas emissions in the household sector, and projecting future air quality and climate impacts of the freight transportation system. He has also conducted several research projects on the economic impacts of various extreme events, focusing the role of resilience.

His teaching interests include urban and regional economics, planning methods, and sustainable urban transportation and land use policy. He is currently teaching Economics for Planners (UP 509), Urban Transportation and Land Use Policy (UP 460), and Planning Analysis (UP 316), and has also taught Analytical Planning Methods (UP 116) in the past.

He received his Ph.D. in Planning from the University of Southern California in 2006. Upon the completion of his doctoral study, he worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events at USC. He also holds a Master's degree in Urban Planning from Seoul National University, Korea and Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning from HanYang University, Korea. Before his doctoral study at USC, he worked as a research associate at Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) for three years.

Current position and affiliations

  • Associate Professor, Director of MUP Program, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois (2014-present)

Previous positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois (2008-2014)
  • Lecturer, School of Policy, Planning, and Development, University of Southern California (2008)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, University of Southern California (2006-2008)
  • Research Associate, Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements, Anyang, Korea (1996-1999)

Education

  • PhD in Planning, School of Policy, Planning, and Development, University of Southern California (2006)
  • Master of City Planning, Graduate school of Environmental Studies, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (1996)
  • Bachelor of Science, Department of Urban Planning, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea (1994)

Awards and honors

  • Jack Dyckman Award for Best Dissertation in Planning, School of Policy, Planning, and Development, University of Southern California (2007)
  • Honorable Mention, Regional Science Association International (RSAI) Dissertation Competition (2007)

Editorial roles

  • International Journal of Urban Science (editorial board, 2014-present)

Ongoing Research Projects

Research interests

  • The relationships between urban spatial structure and various urban indicators such as productivity, travel behavior, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions
  • The influences of urban form on health related behavior and obesity
  • Economic impact modeling for man-made and natural disasters

Research projects

  • Bond, Tami (PI), Yanfeng Ouyang, Chris Barkan, and Bumsoo Lee (Co-PI). 2010-2013. “Global-to-Urban Models for Minimizing Air Quality and Climate Impacts of Freight Choice.” U.S. Environmental Proctection Agency (EPA), EPA-G2008-STAR-J1, $599,560.
  • Lee, Bumsoo (PI). 2009. “Spread and Backwash Effects for Rural Communities in the U.S.” FAA Creative Research Award, University of Illinois, $7,950.
  • Lee, Bumsoo (PI). 2009. “The Effects of Neighborhood Environment on Obesity.” Korea Research Institute of Human Settlements, $10,000.
  • Winterfeldt, Detlof von (PI), Garrett Asay, and Bumsoo Lee (Co-PI). 2007-2008. “Behavioral Changes in Transportation Mode Choice after Terrorist Attacks in London, Madrid and Tokyo.” METRANS National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research Grant, USC, $90,000.
  • Gordon, Peter (PI) and Bumsoo Lee. 2003 & 2004. Lusk Center Research Grants, USC.
  • Development of urban spatial structure measures and underlying forces influencing spatial changes

Selected Publications

Recent articles

  • Lee, Sungwon and Bumsoo Lee. 2014. The influence of urban form on GHG emissions in the U.S. household sector. Energy Policy 68: 534-549.
  • Lee, Bumsoo and Yongsung Lee. 2013. Complementary pricing and land use policies: Does it lead to higher transit use? Journal of the American Planning Association. 79(4): 314-328.
  • Ganning, Joanna, Katherine Baylis, and Bumsoo Lee. 2013. Spread and backwash effects for non-metropolitan communities in the U.S.,” Journal of Regional Science 53(3): 464-480.
  • Oladosu, Gbadebo, Adam Rose, and Bumsoo Lee. 2013. “Economic impacts of potential foot and mouth disease agro-terrorism in the United States: A computable general equilibrium analysis,” Journal of Bioterrorism and Biodefense. S12: 1-9.
  • Lee, Bumsoo, Jiyoung Park, Peter Gordon, James E. Moore, II, and Harry W. Richardson. 2012. Estimating the State-by-State Economic Impacts of a Foot-and-Mouth (FMD) Attack. International Regional Science Review 35 (1): 26-47.
  • Lee, Bumsoo, Peter Gordon, James E. Moore, II, and Harry W. Richardson. 2011. The attributes of residence/workplace areas and transit commuting. Journal of Transport and Land Use 4 (3): 43-63.
  • Lee, Bumsoo and Peter Gordon. 2011. “Urban structure: Its role in urban growth, net new business formation and industrial churn,” Région et Dévelopment 33: 20 pages.
  • Prager, Fynnwin, Garrett Ryan Beeler Asay, Bumsoo Lee, and Detlof von Winterfeldt. 2011. Exploring reductions in London Underground passenger journeys following the July 2005 bombings. Risk Analysis 31 (5): 773-86.
  • Dixon, Peter, Bumsoo Lee, Todd Muehlenbeck, Maureen T. Rimmer, Adam Rose, and George Verikios. 2010. “Effects on the U.S. of an H1N1 epidemic: Analysis with a quarterly CGE model,” Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 7(1), Article 75: 17 pages.
  • Lee, Bumsoo, Peter Gordon, James E. Moore, II, and Harry W. Richardson. 2009. Commuting Trends in U.S. Cities in the 1990s. Journal of Planning Education and Research 29(1): 78-89.
  • Rose, Adam Z. Gbadebo Oladosu, Bumsoo Lee, and Garrett B. Asay. 2009. The economic impacts of the September 11 terrorist attacks: A computable general equilibrium analysis. Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy 15(2), Article 4: 28 pages.
  • Lee, Bumsoo, Peter Gordon, James E. Moore, II, and Harry W. Richardson. 2008. Simulating the economic impacts of a hypothetical bio-terrorist attack: A sports stadium case. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 5(1), Article 39: 19 pages.
  • Lee, Bumsoo. 2007. Edge or edgeless cities? Urban spatial structure in U.S. metropolitan areas, 1980 to 2000. Journal of Regional Science 47(3): 479-515.

Recent book chapters

  • Gordon, Peter and Bumsoo Lee. 2015. Chapter 4: Spatial structure and travel: trends in commuting and non-commuting travels in US metropolitan areas. Hickman, R., M. Givoni, D. Bonilla and D. Banister (eds.) International Handbook on Transport and Development. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. (Forthcoming).
  • Gordon, Peter, Bumsoo Lee, James E. Moore II, Qisheng Pan, Jiyoung Park, and Harry W. Richardson. 2009. “Estimating the economic impacts of WMD attacks,” in Maurer, Stephen M. and Christine Hartmann-Siantar (eds.) WMD Terrorism: Science and Policy Choices. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Lee, Bumsoo and Peter Gordon. 2008. “The U.S. context for highway congestion pricing,” in Richardson, Harry W. and C.-H. Christine Bae (eds.) Road Congestion Pricing in Europe: Implications for the United States. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
  • Richardson, Harry W., Larry S. Bourne, Peter Gordon, Christopher J. Henrie, David Plane, Jim Simmons, and Bumsoo Lee. 2006. “North America: A region of core peripheral extremes,” in Geyer, H. S. (ed.) Global Regionalization: Core-Peripheral Trends. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
  • Lee, Bumsoo. 1996. “Transition of balanced regional development discourse,” in Korean Progressive Academic Council (ed.) Conglomerates and the Media in Korea, pp. 355-391. Seoul, Korea: Dangdae Publishing (in Korean).

Teaching and Advising

Classes taught

  • PPD358 Urban & Regional Economics, USC
  • UP116 Analytical Planning Methods
  • UP316 Planning Analysis
  • UP460 Urban Transportation and Land Use Policy
  • UP509 Economics for Planners

Current advising

  • PhD in Regional Planning
    Sungwon Lee (2009-present): Sustainable land use and transportation policy Master of Urban Planning
  • Master of Urban Planning
    Alex Norr, Zherui Lee

Previous advising

  • PhD in Regional Planning
    Joanna Ganning (2010): “Growth effects of urban-rural intra-regional linkages on counties and communities in the U.S.” [Currently assistant professor at the University of Utah]
  • Master of Urban Planning
    David Massey, Dan Begert, Seth Gunnerson, Yongsung Lee, Kerilyn Gallagher, Daniel Quan Chak Tse, Prateek Mittal, Drew Awsumb
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