JOO, Yu Min |

JOO, Yu Min

Joo Yu Min

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 Suh, Bokyong. 2017. “Transformative city branding for policy change: The case of Seoul’s participatory branding”. Environment and Planning C. (online first)
  • Joo, Yu-Min and Se-Hoon Park. 2016. “Overcoming Urban Growth Coalition: The Case of a Culture-led Urban Revitalization Project in Busan, South Korea.” Urban Affairs Review. (online first)
  • Joo, Yu-Min and Yee-Kuang Heng. 2017. “Turning on the taps: Singapore’s new branding as a global hydrohub”. International Development Planning Review. 39(2): 209-227.
  • Bae, Yooil, Yu-Min Joo, Soh-Yeon Won. 2016. “Decentralization and collaborative disaster governance: Evidence from South Korea.” Habitat International. 52:50-56.
  • Bae, Yooil and Yu-Min Joo. 2016. “Pathways to Meet Critical Success Factors for Local PPPs: The Cases of Urban Transport Infrastructure PPPs in Korean Cities.” Cities. 53:35-42.
  • 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. 2017. Mega-Events and Mega Ambitions: South Korea’s Rise and Strategic Use of Mega-Events. London: Palgrave Macmillan. (Pivot Series: Mega Event Planning.)
  • Joo, Yu-Min. Megacity Seoul: Urbanization and the Development of Modern South Korea. Routledge. (Contract signed).

Book Chapters

  • Joo, Yu Min. 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.
  • Joo, Yu-Min. “Progressive solutions to urban woes?: Arts and culture as tools for progressive urban regeneration in Busan, South Korea”. In Douglass, M., R. Garbaye, and KC Ho (Eds.) Progressive Cities in Asia and Europe. Springer. (Forthcoming).



  • 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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