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JOO, Yu Min

Joo Yu Min

Assistant Professor

PhD ( Urban and Regional Planning), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joo Yu Min
Contact Details

DID: +65 6516 3324

Office Location

469B Bukit Timah Road
Level 2, Li Ka Shing Building
Singapore 259771


Yumin Joo holds a PhD in urban and regional planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in urban planning from Harvard University. At MIT, she was with the International Development Group, which focuses on the development issues and policy challenges in non-Western countries. Originally from South Korea, she is particularly interested in studying the political and social dynamics of development policymaking in Asia, with an emphasis on exploring them across various spatial scales from urban to national in the global economy.

Joo Yu Min - CV

Research Areas

  • Cities and Urban Policies
  • Decentralisation and federalism
  • Development policy
  • Social policy


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Joo, Yu-Min and Se-Hoon Park. “Overcoming Urban Growth Coalition: The Case of a Culture-led Urban Revitalization Project in Busan, South Korea.” Urban Affairs Review. (Forthcoming)
  • Joo, Yu-Min and Yee-Kuang Heng. “Turning on the Taps: Singapore’s New Branding as a Global Hydro-hub” International Development Planning Review. (Forthcoming)
  • Bae,Yooil and Yu Min Joo.2016. “Pathways to Meet Critical Success Factors for Local PPPs: The Case of Urban Transport Infrastructure PPPs in Korean Cities.” Cities.p.35-42.DOI:10.1016/j.cities.2016.01.007
  • Bae, Yooil, Yu-Min Joo, Soh-Yeon Won. 2016. “Decentralization and collaborative disaster governance: Evidence from South Korea.” Habitat International.52 :50-26.
  • Park, Se-Hoon and Yu-Min Joo. 2014. “Building Effective Governance for Cultural District Planning: The Case of the Totatoga Project in Busan.” The Korea Spatial Planning Review, 83:49-67. (In Korean) (Received the paper excellence award of the year from The Korea Spatial Planning Review.)


  • Joo, Yu-Min, Yooil Bae and Eva Kassens-Noor. 2016. Mega-Events and Mega Ambition: The Rise of South Korea and the Story of Big Four Events. London: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming-contract signed).

Book Chapters

  • Joo, Y. M. 2013. “New Town Developments in South Korea: Then and Now.” In Urban Megaprojects: A Worldwide View, ed. Gerardo del Cerro Santamaria. London: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Recent Presentations or Conference Papers

  • “City Branding with a Progressive Twist: The case of Seoul and Singapore.” International Symposium on Making a Progressive City: Seoul’s Experience and Beyond, Seoul. October 14-6, 2015. (Invited presentation.)
    “South Korea’s Urbanization and the Rise and Struggle of Secondary Cities”. Presented at KOICA-Singapore (TCD/NTU) workshop, roundtable discussion on Urban and Regional Development, September 3, 2015. (Invited presentation.)
  • “From Developmental Cities to Entrepreneurial Cities to Just Cities?: Building More Just Urban Governance in Asia” Paper presented at RC21, Urbino Italy, August 27-30, 2015.
  • “The Urban Developmental State: Comparative Lessons from Singapore and South Korea”. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Young Politicians Programme (KASYP). Penang, Malaysia, August 23, 2015 (Invited talk).
  • “Caught in between Decentralization and (Re)Centralization: Environmental Disaster Management in South Korea from a Multilevel Perspective. Workshop on Decentralization and Disaster Governance in Urbanizing Asia,” Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, March 5-6, 2015. (co-authored with Dr. Yooil Bae and Dr. Soh-Yeon Won).
  • “Reinventing the Creative City Policy: When a slum meets arts and culture.” Dialogic Workshop on Progressive Cities in Asia and Europe. Singapore, 12-13 February 2015.
  • “Development Issues and Policy Challenges with Regards to Urban Planning within Asia.” Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Young Politicians Programme (KASYP). August, 29, 2014 (Invited talk).
  • “Branding Asia’s Global Cities: Mayors & Networks” Paper presented at IPSA World Congress, Montreal, July 19-24, 2014. (co-authored with Dr. Ora-orn Poocharoen.)
  • “Finding New Opportunities in Shrinking Cities: Local Citizens, Artists and the State in Urban Revitalization Projects.” Distributed paper at XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, July 13-19, 2014.
  • “Mixed Blessings from Megaprojects.” Paper presented at EURA/UAA Joint Conference 2014 City Futures III, Paris, June 19-20, 2014.
  • “Planning for Shrinking Secondary Cities: the Case of South Korea.” Paper presented at Joint ESOP/ACSP Congress, Dublin, July 2013.
  • “The Urban Developmental State: The Neglected Element in South Korea’s Development Success in Its Political and Economic Transitions.” Presented at invited colloquium jointly sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Studies at Korea University and the BK21 ERGAPAH. May 14, 2012.
  • “Different Levels of States, Citizens and Market Actors in Decentralizing Urban Governance in South Korea.” Presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). Minneapolis, Minnesota. October 6-8, 2010.
  • “Who Remains Local In Globalization?: The Success Story of the City of Gumi, South Korea, and Its Textile Industry.” Presented at ACSP. Crystal City, VA. October 1-4, 2009.
  • “Clusters as a Development Policy Tool in the New Global Economy: The Role of Urban Context in Cluster Development.” Presented at Uddevalla Symposium. Uddevalla, Sweden. June 14-16, 2007.
  • “Urban Cultural Amenities and the Success of Innovative Clusters in Asia.” Poster at the Cambridge-MIT Institute Workshop on Regional Innovation in King’s College. Cambridge, U.K. June 9-10, 2006.


  • PP5147 Asian Global Cities.
  • PP5238 Urban Development and Policy.
  • PP5242K  Policies for Urban Intervention: Co-taught with Professors Susan and Norman Fainstein.
  • PP5415 Social, Environmental, and Urban Policy (gateway course): Team taught with Dr. Ng, Kok Hoe.
  • PP5505 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation.
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