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Junghwan Kim

Assistant Professor
Junghwan Kim
221 Wallace Hall


  • Human mobility
  • Travel behavior
  • Environmental health
  • Geospatial data science and applications
  • Geospatial data privacy and ethics
  • Urban planning and policies

For more detailed and up-to-date information, please visit Dr. Kim's website.

Dr. Junghwan Kim received his Ph.D. in Geography (2021) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He also holds a B.S. in Urban Planning and Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) from Yonsei University (2016) in South Korea and a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) from the UIUC (2018). Before joining Virginia Tech, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) at the Institute of Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University. His research interests include human mobility (e.g., travel behavior and accessibility), environmental health, the application of geospatial data science methods, and geospatial data privacy/ethics. His works have been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Journal of Transport Geography, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, Environmental Research, Science of the Total Environment, and Transactions in GIS.

His works have been recognized by several awards, including the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Council Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award; Peter Gould Student Paper Award from the AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group; Student Research Presentation Award from the Race/Ethnicity/Place Conference (First Prize); American Planning Association (APA) Transportation Planning Division Student Paper Award (Third Prize); APA National Smart Cities Student Design Competition Winner (in Team); Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning; Student Paper Award from the Korean-American Association for Geospatial and Environmental Sciences (KAGES); President Award from the Korean Planning Association; and the Recipient of the Study Abroad Scholarship and National Science and Engineering Scholarship from South Korean Government.

In addition to his academic career, he had worked as a transportation planning modeler (internship) in Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) for about two years. In his spare time, he enjoys walking, listening to music, watching public transportation systems (e.g., trains and planes), and playing the piano.

Recent Publications (Selected):

Kim, J., & Lee, B. (2023). Campus commute mode choice in a college town: An application of the integrated choice and latent variable (ICLV) model. Travel Behaviour and Society, 30, 249-261.

Kim, J., Hagen, E., Muindi, Z., Mbonglou, G., & Laituri, M. (2022). An examination of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) accessibility and opportunity in urban informal settlements during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from Nairobi, Kenya. Science of the Total Environment, 823, 153398.

Wang, J., Kim, J., & Kwan, M-P. (2022). An exploratory assessment of the effectiveness of geomasking methods on privacy protection and analytical accuracy for individual-level geospatial data. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 49(5), 385-406.

Singh, S., Javanmard, R., Lee, J., Kim, J., & Diab, E. (2022). Evaluating the accessibility benefits of the new BRT system during the COVID-19 pandemic in Winnipeg, Canada. Journal of Urban Mobility, 2, 100016.

Kim, J., & Kwan, M.-P. (2021). How neighborhood effect averaging might affect assessment of individual exposures to air pollution: A study of ozone exposures in Los Angeles. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 111(1), 121-140.

Kim, J., & Kwan, M-P. (2021). Assessment of sociodemographic disparities in environmental exposure might be erroneous due to neighborhood effect averaging: Implications for environmental inequality research. Environmental Research, 195, 110519.

Kim, J., & Kwan, M-P. (2021). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s mobility: A longitudinal study of the U.S. from March to September of 2020, Journal of Transport Geography, 93, 103039.

Kim, J., Kwan, M.-P., Levenstein, M., & Richardson, D. (2021). How do people perceive the disclosure risk of maps? Examining the perceived disclosure risk of maps and its implications for geoprivacy protection. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 48(1), 2-20.

Kim, J., & Lee, B. (2019). More than travel time: New job accessibility index capturing the connectivity of transit services. Journal of Transport Geography, 78, 8-18.