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Hogeun Park

PhD Candidate, Michigan State University
Landscape Ecology & Ecosystem Science (LEES)

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Awards & Services
  • Environmental Science and Policy Program (ESPP) Network Fellow (2017)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - Michigan State University (MSU) Professional Enhancement Award (2017)
  • National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Graduate Fellow (2016)
  • Bailey Scholar Graduate Fellow (2015-2017)
  • KDI - The Asia Foundation, Asia Development Fellow (2015)
  • Korea Academy of Government-Supported Scholars (KAGS) (2013)

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.


PhD Candidate, Urban and Regional Planning | 2014 — Present
Michigan State University, MI, United States

MS Urban and Regional Planning | 2014
Graduate school of Environmental Studies, Seoul National University, Korea
Best Master Thesis Award:

BS Urban Planning, BS Construction Engineering | 2011
Department of Spatial Environment System Engineering, Handong Global University


Refereed Journal

  1. Fan, P., Ouyang, Z., Duong, N. D., Hang, N. T., Park, H., Chen, J. (in revision). Urban landscape, economic development, environmental and social changes in transitional economies: Vietnam after Doimoi. Landscape and Urban Planning.
  2. John, R., Chen, J., Giannico, V., Park, H., Xiao, J., Ouyang, Z., Lafortezza, R., Shirkey, G., Shao, C., Qi, J. (in revision). Spatio-temporal estimates of canopy cover and herbaceous aboveground biomass on the Mongolian Plateau and their climate and anthropogenic controls. Remote Sensing of Environment.
  3. Fan, P., Wan, G., Xu, L., Park, H., Xie, Y., Liu, Y., Yue, W., Chen, J. (2018). Evolving walkability of major cities in China, Landscape Ecology, 33(2), 323-340.
  4. Park, H., Fan, P., John, R., Chen, J. (2017). Urbanization on the Mongolian plateau after the economic reforms: changes and the causes, Applied Geography, 86, 118-127.
  5. Wu, S. R., Kim, S., Park, H., Fan, P., Ligmann-Zielinska, A., Chen, J. (2017). How green buildings communicate green design to the building Users? A survey study on a LEED-certified building, Journal of Green Building, 12(3),
  6. Fan, P., Ouyang, Z., Basnou, C., Pino, J., Park, H., Chen, J. (2017). Nature-based solutions for urban landscapes under post-industrialization and globalization:Barcelona versus Shanghai, Environmental Research, 156, 272-283.
  7. Park, H., Tsusaka, W. T., Pede, V. O., Kim. K. (2017). The impact of local development on social capital: Experimental evidence from the Bohol irrigation scheme, the Philippines. Water, 9(3),202.
  8. Fan, Y., Chen, J., Shirkey, G., John, R., Wu, S. R., Park, H., Shao, C. (2016). Applications of structural equation modeling (SEM) in ecological studies: an updated review. Ecological Processes, 5(1), 19.
  9. John, R., Chen, J., Kim, Y., Ou-yang, Z. T., Xiao, J., Park, H., Zhang, Y., Amarjargal, A., Batkhshig, O., Qi, J. (2016). Differentiating anthropogenic modification and precipitation-driven change on vegetation productivity on the Mongolian Plateau. Landscape Ecology, 31(3), 547-566.

Book Chapter

  1. Kim, B., Park, H., Park, J. (forthcoming). The evolution of informal settlers’ political gains in changing state regimes in Seoul. In R. Rocco & J. V. Ballegooijen (Eds), Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanisation, Routledge: OX, UK.
  2. Tsusaka T.W., Pede V.O., Kajisa K., Moya P., Park H., Apple Suplido M.E., Buresh R.J. (2013). The Preliminary Assessment of NMRice: A Simulation Analysis with IRRI-MICRA Baseline Survey Data IRRI
  3. You M., Park H. (2012). Implementing E-waste management program into developing country through Public Private Partnership, The Future of Korean Development Cooperation, Seoul, Hanwool, (ISBN:9788946055001)

Oral Presentation

  1. Park, H., Fan, P., John, R., Chen, J. (2017). Urban sprawl and informal settlements: Spatiotemporal trends in Ger districts in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. US-IALE 2017 Meeting, Baltimore, USA
  2. Park, H. (2015). An agent-based modeling of informal housing: Assessing the impacts of climate change and market force in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Association of American Geographers 2015 Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA
  3. Fan, P., Chen, J., John, R., Park, H. (2015). Urban landscape and environment change during the economic transition in Mongolian Plateau: A comparative study of Hohhot and Ulaanbaatar, 1990-2010, Association of American Geographers 2015 Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA
  4. Park, H. (2014). The Change of Industrial Structure and its Impact on Air Pollution: A Focus on Seoul, South Korea, Environmental Science and Policy Program 2nd Annual Research Symposium, East Lansing
  5. Park, J., Park, H. (2014). Living Contexts and Implications of Informal Settlements in Peri-urban Areas – the Case of Seoul Metropolitan City in Korea (Accepted by Asian Planning School Association Conference 2013 and Regional Science Association International (RSAI) conference 2014)
  6. Park, H., Park, J. (2014). Assessment of Town-in-town development and its social impact: A focused on Seoul new town development project, the 10th World Congress of the Regional Science Association International, Bangkok, Thailand
  7. Park, H., Kim, K. (2013). Using Spatial Pattern Analysis to Explore Local Characteristics : A Focus on F&B Stores in Gangnam Commercial District, South Korea Association of American Geographers 2013 Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, USA
  8. Park, H., Kim, K. (2013). Expansion of Gangnam Commercial District: Understanding Hotspots, American Planning Association 2013 National Conference, Capstone presentation session, Chicago, USA
  9. Tsusaka, T.W., Kajisa, K., Pede, V.O., Park H., Aoyagi K. (2013). Social Relationship and Behavioral Spillover: The Case of Irrigated and Rain-fed Farmers in Bohol, the Philippines." IRRI; (Accepted by and presented at Asia-pacific Economic Science Association 2013; Accepted by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society 2013)
  10. Park, H., Tsusaka, T.W., Pede, V.O. (2013). A Comparative Study of Social Behavior in Irrigated and Rainfed Areas: The Case of Bohol Irrigation Scheme, the Philippines. ADB Asia Water Week 2013: Rural Paper 37. Manila, Philippines

Poster Presentation

  1. Park, H. , Fan, P., John, R., Chen, J. (2017). Urban sprawl and informal settlements: Spatiotemporal trends in Ger districts in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. NASA LCLUC Spring Science Team Meeting, Rockville, USA
  2. Park, H. , Fan, P., John, R., Chen, J. (2016). Urbanization on the Mongolian Plateau after the economic reform: the changes and drivers. NASA LCLUC Spring Science Team Meeting, North Bethesda, USA
  3. Park, H., Kim, K. (2014). Local Development Project and Its Social Impact: The case of Bohol irrigation scheme, the philippines" Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 54th Annual Conference, Philadelphia, USA



These studies aim to examine and model the changes of the natural and human systems on the Mongolian Plateau as well as the critical feedbacks between them over recent decades.

Hypotheses: While climate change has created pressure on ecosystems and societies in the Plateau, the distinct socioeconomic conditions and development paths of the different administrative units involved have also had a significant effect on the relationships and feedbacks within the human and natural systems. Also, human influences on the systems exceeded those of the biophysical changes but the significance varies in time, location, and ecological setting.


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