Prof. Yu Min Joo was appointed to KDI School faculty as of 15th July 2019. She brings with her a wealth of teaching and research experience from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, where she serv
ed as an Assistant Professor and Faculty Associate for 6 years. Her key areas of research center around urbanization and development in Asia; urban policy; governance, and politics. In these areas, she has published several peer-reviewed SSCI journal articles, books, a peer-reviewed KCI journal article, and contributed to chapters in major urban policy themed books. A large share of her research work focuses on Korean development with a specific focus on urban development in cities like Seoul, Busan and Daegu. From her collection of complete works, she cherishes her recent book,‘Megacity Seoul – Urbanization and the Development of South Korea (2019)’. In this book she argues that South Korea’s ‘economic miracle’ in the late 20th century has mostly been studied through an economic policy lens and, therefore, her book attempts to revisit the country’s development by looking at its urban dimension, exploring the city of Seoul as a development megaproject. The book paints a comprehensive story of how cities have been politically and economically important to Korea’s development experienceand are increasingly becoming a new mode of development. Works in progress include a book project on smart cities in Asia. This eschews the narrative and hype on smart cities that has mostly been associated with the western world, and shifts the focus to Asia,revealing the latest smart city policies by looking at Asian countries’ cases, through a collection of chapters from local academicians and practitioners within these countries.Prof. Yu Min Joo received her B.S. in Industrial Design from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea in 2003; her Master in Urban Planning with Distinction at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA in 2005; and later her Ph.D. in Urban planning and Regional Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA in 2011. She is currently teaching a course on smart cities and so far enjoys the warmth and close-knit interaction with both colleagues and the diverse student body.