Jin-Kyu Jung (he/him/his)


Jin-Kyu Jung

B.A., Urban Engineering, Pusan National University, South Korea
M.U.P, Urban Planning, State University of New York at Buffalo
Ph.D., Geography, State University of New York at Buffalo

Professor, School of Interdisciplinary and Arts & Sciences, University of Washington Bothell
Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, University of Washington
Senior Research Fellow, Center for Urban Studies, School of Architecture and Planning, State University of New York at Buffalo

Office: UW2-226
Phone: 425-352-3724
Email: jkjung5@uw.edu
Mailing Box: 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246


I still feel as much a student as a teacher, and I don’t think it will change at least soon. Being a teacher is a too big shoe to fill in for me as my other roles as a father of three girls, husband, son, friend and so on… However, one thing I believe important is to maintain a lively, engaging, and fairly challenging teaching atmosphere in the classroom. Yes, it is true that teaching always brought new challenges and opportunities. In all my classes, I emphasize a solid grounding in both theoretical approaches and practical methodologies, in active student-oriented learning and promote a community-engaged teaching and learning with my given interests in experiential learning and the critical urban and GIS framework.

I also support student diversity in the classroom by structuring my courses to reach diverse interests, experiences, and embodiments, and by mentoring students in and outside of class. In my pedagogy, as in my research, I am committed to optimizing the presence and participation of those most likely to be absent or silenced in critical space. This also leads me to my particular interest in community-based learning and research (CBLR) and participatory engaged research and teaching. Students can have transformative learning experiences when their ‘school’ knowledge is connected to the real-world people and places—experiential and interpretative knowledge production. Teachers, students, and communities should teach and learn from each other, and always need to have a mutual respect. I am particularly committed to provide and promote this high-level engaged learning and research, and to enhance a critical, spatial, and visual interdisciplinary perspectives and practices in my class.

Recent Courses Taught

BCORE 104&107 Heads in the Cloud: Mapping and Imagining (Co-taught with Dr. Ted Hiebert)
BIS 218 The Power of Maps
BIS 314 Creative Geovisualization
BIS 342 Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
BIS 343 Geographic Visualization
BIS 352 Mapping Communities
BIS 406/BPOLST593 Urban Planning and Geography
BIS 489 Exploration Seminar (Co-lead with Dr. Santiago Lopez)
BIS 490 Advanced Seminar: Smart City Seattle
BISGST497/GEOG498 Advanced Study Abroad: Mapping Communities in the Smart City (Co-lead with Dr. Gunwha Oh)
BPOLST 513 Practicum in Policy Studies


I am an urban geographer/planner whose interdisciplinary research focused on developing new ways of critical, qualitative, and creative possibilities of Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) and geographic visualization in understanding socio-spatial processes and politics of urban space and community. On the one hand, I continuously explore the importance of power and politics as well as the complexities of race, class, gender and sexualities in cities, and ask how the shaping of these categories effectively complicates urban geographical knowledge. On the other hand, my research offers epistemological and methodological innovations in digital spatial technologies that expand the critical and qualitative capabilities of GIS and geographic visualization. I have tried to integrate various forms of data and representation, and analysis often considered as incompatible in GIS environments: quantitative and qualitative, visuality and numeracy, maps and text, artistic and scientific, and real and digital. Applying digital innovations grounded in the community-based research, I show how this integrated approach generates stronger and more ‘nuanced’ urban geographical insights than are possible within singular epistemological/methodological framework.

I also demonstrate how the substantive insights made possible through the intermingling of these (different) data and methods, when applied in researches on people’s conceptualization of urban space and community, spatial inequality and urban poverty, smart urbanism, and imagining the critical and creative in/with GIS and geographic visualization. Much of these works have drawn on researches I conducted in inner city Buffalo, NY, and more recently from community-based engaged researches in Seattle, WA. Recently, I am also interested in further implementing the qualitative aspects of GIS and geovisualization complementing current Big Data and digital social/spatial research. It will help us to see a deeper contextual meaning, drawn from diverse socio-spatial, cultural, political and technological boundaries of knowledge in a hybrid (both real and digital) space we live now.

Selected Publications

  • Anderson, C. and J.-K. Jung. 2023. For a Cooperative “Smart” City Yet to Come: Place-Based-Knowledge, Commons, and Prospects for Inclusive Municipal Processes from Seattle, Washington. Urban Planning 8(2): 6-16. DOI:https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v8i2.6597
  • López, S., M. F. López and J.-K. Jung. 2021. New insights on land use, land cover, and climate change in human-environment dynamics of the equatorial Andes. The Annals of the American Association of Geographers. 111(4): 1110-1136. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2020.1804822 [doi.org]
  • Jung, J.-K. 2020. Teaching Creative Geovisualization: Imagine the Creative in/of GIS. The Canadian Geographer. 64(4): 512-528.
  • J.-K. Jung and T. Hiebert. 2019. Imagining the Details: Happy Places & Creative Geovisualization. Livingmaps Review. No 7: 1-20.
  • Jung, J.-K. and S. Elwood. 2019. Qualitative GIS and Spatial Research. In SAGE Research Methods Foundations, eds. P. Atkinson, S. Delamont, M. Hardy, and M. Williams. 1-22. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526421036818834
  • Jung, J.-K. 2018. Mapping Communities: Geographic and Interdisciplinary Community-Based Learning and Research. Professional Geographers. 70(2): 311-318. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00330124.2017.1366787
  • Jung, J.-K. 2017. Affective Geovisualization and Children: Representing the Embodied and Emotional Geographies of Children. In Establishing Geographies of Children and Young People, eds. T. Skelton and S. Aitken, 1-25. Singapore: Springer Singapore. Advanced online publication. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-4585-88-0_22-1
  • Lopez, Santiago, J.-K. Jung, Maife Lopez. 2017. A hybrid-epistemological approach to climate change research: Linking scientific and smallholder knowledges in the Ecuadorian Andes. Anthropocene. 17: 30-45. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ancene.2017.01.001
  • Jung, J.-K. and C. Anderson. 2016. Extending the conversation on socially engaged geographic visualization: representing spatial inequality in Buffalo, New York. Urban Geography. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2016.1184854
  • Jung, J.-K. and T. Hiebert. 2016. Imag(in)ing Everyday Geographies: A Case Study of Andrew Buckles’ Why Wait? Project. GeoJournal. 81(4): 597-614 DOI: 10.1007/s10708-015-9638-2
  • Jung, J.-K. 2015. Community Through The Eyes of Children: Blending Child-Centered Research and Qualitative Geovisualization. Children’s Geographies. 13(6): 722-740.
  • Jung, J.-K. 2015. Code Clouds: Qualitative Geovisualization of Geotweets. The Canadian Geographer, 59(1): 52-68.
  • Jung, J.-K. and S. Elwood. 2010. Extending the qualitative capabilities of GIS: Computer-Aided Qualitative GIS. Transactions in GIS 14(1): 63-87″”.
  • Jung, J.-K. 2009. Computer-Aided Qualitative GIS: A Software level Integration of Qualitative Research and GIS. In Qualitative GIS: A Mixed Methods Approach, eds. M. Cope and S. Elwood: SAGE Publications: 115-135.