Hye-jeong is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Planning, Governance, and Globalization program at Virginia Tech and also a fellow in the Interfaces of Global Change Program. She is interested in the role of information and expertise in community development. Her research focuses on how to navigate the complex dynamics between science and decision-making for better and more legitimate planning outcomes.
Hye-jeong finished her B.S. in Urban Engineering from the Pusan National University in 2011, graduating on the President’s list and Summa Cum Laude honors. She studied environmental and hazard mitigation planning at the same university and received her M.S. in 2013. After graduation, Hye-jeong worked at the Korea Environment Institute for a few years, researching participatory methods for climate change adaptation planning, developing climate change risk assessment tools, and facilitating participatory processes for community climate change adaptation.