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Dr Jung Won Son
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
  • Associate Professor
  • The Bartlett School of Planning
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Dr Sonn joined Bartlett School of Planning in 2006. Before that, he taught in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE. He also held part-time posts at Jungbu University in South Korea, at the Korean Research Institute for Local Administration, at the Korean Appraisal Research Institute and at the Southern California Association of Governments. He also had visiting posts at Institute of Policy and Management (Beijing), Chinese Academy of Science and Department of Geography at Seoul National University. He received his Ph.D. degree in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles and his MSc. and BSc. degrees from Seoul National University.

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Research Summary

Dr. Sonn's research is focused on two themes in urban and regional economic development: 1) the urban and regional dimension of technological knowledge production and 2) political analysis of regional economic planning. The geographical focuses of his research are the U.S., South Korea and China. Funded projects include temporal changes of localised knowledge spillovers in the U.S. (funded by the Benjamin Stevens Fellowship of North American Association of Regional Science), the emergence of a metropolitan knowledge cluster (funded by the Leverhulme Trust), a comparative study of innovative capacities between the Seoul metropolitan area and the Southeast region (funded by the Asian Institute for Regional Innovation), creative centres as a new orthodoxy in Chinese urban development (funded by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and Localised knowledge spillovers and regional absorptive capacity (funded by European Commission through Marie Curie Fellowship).

Teaching Summary

Dr. Jung Won Sonn has been teaching classes in urban economics, regional economic development, urban social theory, geographic information system, introductory statistics and research design.

01-SEP-2013 – 31-AUG-2014 Marie Curie Fellow/ Senior Visiting Researcher Institute of Policy and Management Chinese Academy of Science, China
01-JUN-2006 Lecturer in Urban Economic Development Bartlett School of Planning University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2005 – 31-MAY-2006 Research Fellow in Economic Geography Department of Geography and Environment London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2005 – 31-AUG-2005 Teaching Fellow in Economic Geography Department of Geography and Environment London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2002 – 01-JUN-2002 Visiting Researcher   Korean Research Institute of Local Administration, Korea, Republic Of
01-MAR-1997 – 30-JUN-1997 Part-time Lecturer School of Construction Jungboo University, Korea, Republic Of
Academic Background
2004 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Urban Planning University of California at Los Angeles
1997 MA MSCi Master of Arts/Master of Science – City and Regional Planning Seoul National University
1994 BSc Bachelor of Science – Engineering Seoul National University
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