Bumsoo Lee

Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Tschangho John Kim Professor in Urban and Regional Systems

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. He investigates how technological development and demographic dynamics are reshaping urban structure, how land use and transportation interact, and what roles pricing and land use policies play for more sustainable development. His recent research projects include studies on complementary effects of pricing and land use policies, influence of urban form on travel behavior and Greenhouse Gas emissions, location and travel choices of Millennials, and factors driving the recent transit ridership decline in US cities.

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 Urban Informatics II (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 (USC) 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)
  • Journal of Korean Planning Association (editorial board, 2017-present)

Ongoing Research Projects

Research interests

  • Impacts of demographic dynamics on urban development, with a special interest in location and travel choices of Millennials
  • Influence of urban spatial structure on travel behavior and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Complementary effects of pricing and land use policies
  • Role of public transit and its ridership
  • Economic impact modeling for man-made and natural disasters

Research projects

  • Lee, Bumsoo (PI). 2019. “University of Illinois Transit Ridership Study”. Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD), $21,266.
  • Braun, Lindsay, Jesus Barajas, and Bumsoo Lee (Co-PI). 2018-2020. “Construction of Pedestrian Infrastructure Along Transit Corridors”. Illinois Center for Transportation, Illinois Department of Transportation IDOT R27-200, $248,915.
  • Lee, Bumsoo (PI). 2017-2018. “Relationship between Urban Population Densities and the Carbon Efficiency of Public Transit and Private Vehicles”. U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) BCS 16-60412, $66,999.
  • Lee, Bumsoo (PI). 2017. “New Job Accessibility Measure and Its Impacts on Employment Outcomes”. Campus Research Board, UIUC, $6,762.
  • Lee, Bumsoo (PI). 2013. “The impacts of urban form on household CO2 emissions in US metropolitan areas”. Campus Research Board, UIUC, $9,250.
  • Bond, Tami, 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, 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 (Co-PI). 2003 & 2004. Lusk Center Research Grants, USC. Development of urban spatial structure measures and underlying forces influencing spatial changes

Selected Publications

  • Lee, Youngsung, Bumsoo Lee, and M. Tanvir Hossain Shubho. 2019. Urban revival by Millennials? Intra-urban net migration patterns of young adults, 1980-2010. Journal of Regional Science 59(3): 538-566.
  • Kim, Junghwan and Bumsoo Lee. 2019. More than travel time: New accessibility index capturing the connectivity of transit services. Journal of Transport Geography 78: 8-18.
  • Liu, L., T. Hwuang, S. Lee, Y. Ouyang, B. Lee, S.J. Smith, C. Tessum, J. Marshall, F. Yan, and K. Daenzer. 2019. Health and climate impacts of future United States land freight modelled with global-to-urban models. Nature Sustainability 2(2): 105-112.
  • Baker, Dwayne M. and Bumsoo Lee. 2019. How Does Light Rail Transit (LRT) Impact Gentrification? Evidence from Fourteen US Urbanized Areas. Journal of Planning Education and Research 39(1): 35-49.
  • Lee, Sungwon and Bumsoo Lee. 2019. The influence of urban form on GHG emissions in the US household sector. In Hamin, E., Y. Abunnasr, and R. Ryan (eds.) Planning for Climate Change: A Reader in Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Design for Resilient Cities. New York: Routledge Press. Reprint of Lee and Lee (2014) in Energy Policy.
  • Zhong, Laitian and Bumsoo Lee. 2017. Carless or car later? Declining car ownership of Millennial households in the Puget Sound Region. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2664: 69-78.
  • Liu, Liang, Taesung Hwang, Sungwon Lee, Yanfeng Ouyang, Bumsoo Lee, Steven J. Smith, Fang Yan, Katheryn Daenzer, Tami C. Bond. 2015. Emission projections for long-haul freight trucks and rail in the United States through 2050. Environmental Science & Technology 49(19): 11569-11576.
  • 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.
  • 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, Peter Gordon, Harry W. Richardson, JiYoung Park, James E. Moore II, Qisheng Pan. 2014. "8. A foot-and-mouth epidemic," in Richardson, H.W., JiYoung Park, James E. Moore II, Qisheng Pan (eds.) National Economic Impact Analysis of Terrorist Attacks and Natural Disasters. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. pp. 128-151. Invited reprint of Lee, et al. (2012)
  • Lee, Bumsoo, Peter Gordon, James E. Moore II, Harry W. Richardson. 2014. "6. A stadium attack," in Richardson, H.W., JiYoung Park, James E. Moore II, Qisheng Pan (eds.) National Economic Impact Analysis of Terrorist Attacks and Natural Disasters. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. pp. 78-97. Invited reprint of Lee, et al. (2008).
  • 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.
  • 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, 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Teaching and Advising

Classes taught

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

Current advising

PhD in Regional Planning

  • M.Tanvir Hossain Shubho (2017-present): Sustainable land use and transportation planning

Previous advising

PhD in Regional Planning

  • Sungwon Lee (2015): The Role of Urban Spatial Structure in Reducing VMT and GHG Emissions. [Currently assistant professor at Gangneung-Wonju National University, Korea]
  • Joanna Ganning (2010): “Growth effects of urban-rural intra-regional linkages on counties and communities in the U.S.” [Currently assistant professor at Cleveland State University]

 Master of Urban Planning

Anusham Mishra, Rafsun Mashraky, Bincy Koshy, Hyunsik Choi, Amanda Wolfe, Mahmood Al-Wahaibi, Junghwan Kim, Yiyuan (Gavin) Wang, Ziqi Liu, Sukanya Sharma, Geoff Gray-Cornelius, Gurdeep Kaur, Shuake Wuzhati, Myke Griseta, Mariane Shen Yin Lin, Laitian Zhong, Evan Alvarez, Zherui Li, Alex Norr, Prateek Mittal, Daniel Quan Chak Tse, Drew Awsumb, Kerilyn Gallagher, Yongsung Lee, Dan Begert, Seth Gunnerson, David Massey

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