Yongsung Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography

The University of Hong Kong

email: yongsung@hku.hk | office: +852-3917-7107

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My research seeks to understand the social and environmental implications of the ways people live, work, play, and most importantly move around in cities. In so doing, my current projects focus on three topics:

(1) temporary changes in work arrangement, shopping channels, and physical activities during the COVID-19 pandemic and longer-term implications to sustainable transportation and resilient urban form

(2) the attitudes, adoption/frequency, substitution patterns, and social/environmental impacts of emerging mobility services and technology, enabled by advanced information and communication technology (e.g., ridehailing, bikesharing, e-scooter sharing, and autonomous vehicles)

(3) changing values, attitudes, and lifestyles of young adults today (e.g., millennials and Generation Z), compared to preceding generations at the same age, and their implications to travel multimodality, residential location choice, and the spatial distribution of households and jobs in cities

To better understand these transforming trends in society, I combine theories, frameworks, and analytical approaches from land use & transportation interaction, travel behavior, urban economics, machine learning, and transport geography. I employ data from new sources, innovative analytical methods, and effective communication tools. In addition, I bring my research to the classroom to improve students' learning experience.