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Yushim Kim

Associate Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Associate Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Biography

Yushim Kim is an associate professor and undergraduate programs director at the School of Public Affairs in Arizona State University. She has served as a co-editor of environmental policy for Journal of Policy Analysis and Management since August 2018. Her research focuses on environmental justice, policy and public health service provision and management. Her methodological interest is to explore the benefits and shortcomings of developing analytical tools that can structure the complexity of (dynamic) systems such as agent-based modeling, qualitative comparative analysis, and social network analysis. She is also interested in designing an innovative analytical framework to better understand such a system.

Kim is one of three faculty members (Elizabeth Corley and Joanna Lucio) in public affairs leading the Environmental Justice and Policy Initiative at ASU.

Education

Ph.D. Public Policy and Management, The Ohio State University 2006

Research Interests

Stated broadly, my research contributes to the field by advancing systems thinking as it relates to challenging policy and management problems. I am interested in examining why, and the way in which, undesirable events occur, and the way to respond to seemingly insoluble problems. I am interested particularly in investigating the way in which a complex adaptive systems perspective and emerging analytical tools provide useful insights to address questions such as these. I believe that a systems perspective and its tools equip us well to understand and address the challenges of global and policy issues.

Environmental injustice as a research topic has intrigued me since I joined Arizona State University (ASU) in 2007. Over the course of an eight-year collaboration, my colleagues (Heather Campbell at the Claremont Graduate University and Adam Eckerd at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) and I have been successful in showing the utility of agent-based modeling approach for urban and environmental issues. In 2015, we wrote the book, Rethinking Environmental Justice in Sustainable Cities: Insights from Agent-Based Modeling. In this book, we showed how and why environmental injustice can be understood as an emergent phenomenon of dynamic urban systems. This book is a rare, agent-based modeling application for policy analysis grounded well in theory. The book has inspired my students and future scholars who wish to study environmental justice and other public policy topics through the lens of complex adaptive systems. Building upon this work and experience in environmental justice, we now are developing papers and another book proposal on brownfield cleanup.

Since Fall 2017, I have led a separate research group on environmental justice and policy with two other colleagues (Elizabeth Corley and Joanna Lucio) in the ASU School of Public Affairs (SPA: https://sites.google.com/view/ejpi/home). This group has grown and now includes four faculty members, two post-doctoral instructors, two visiting scholars, two doctoral students, and two talented high school students who found me because of their interest in environmental justice and policy. My colleagues and I also have advised graduate and Barrett honors undergraduate students. This year we received a $30,000 seed grant from the College of Public Service and Community Solutions in ASU. Our first paper on conceptualizing the quality of urban parks was accepted recently in Environmental Justice, and our research group is working on several papers on parks and greenspaces from an environmental justice perspective.

As a policy analyst, my five years of experience at the Ohio Department of Health has shaped my interest in public health and social welfare problems. Since I joined ASU, my early interest in supporting Ohio Medicaid and WIC decisions expanded to studying emerging infectious disease outbreaks, such as that of H1N1 in 2009. In collaboration with an epidemiologist, applied mathematician, and practitioners at the Arizona Department of Health Services, my work in this research area focused on understanding the way the Arizona public perceives the risk of the new disease and is prepared for it, as well as ways to support critical government decisions during the outbreak, such as school closures and health professional training, using computer simulations.  

In Fall 2015, I was asked to join an interdisciplinary research team at Hanyang University in South Korea. For this opportunity, I proposed to examine the way in which inter-organizational emergency response networks formed and evolved during the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outbreak in Seoul in May-June 2015. In August 2018, the team was selected as the recipient of a ten million-dollar, seven-year grant from the Korea National Science Foundation. I am collaborating with other members of the university’s engineering school who are developing a tool that helps us mine text-based media data to construct emergency response networks. Over the next several years, I will devote time and energy to this project in collaboration with researchers in the US and Asia. Interdisciplinary research has been the vehicle through which I have explored and understood the value of systems thinking in addressing policy and management problems.   

Updated: October 26, 2018

 

Publications
  • Eckerd, A., Kim, Y., & Campbell, H. (2017). Community privilege and environmental justice: An agent-based analysis. Review of Policy Research, 34(2), 144-167.
  • Kim, Y., & Verweij, S. (2016). Two effective causal paths that explain the adoption of US state environmental justice policies. Policy Sciences, 49(4), 505-523.
  • Kim, Y., & Maroulis, S. (2015). Rethinking social welfare fraud from a complex adaptive systems perspective. Administration & Society, DOI: 10.1177/0095399715587520
  • Kim, Y., Zhong, W., Jehn, M., & Walsh, L. (2015). Public risk perceptions and preventive behaviors during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 9(2), 145-154.
  • Campbell, H., Kim, Y., & Eckerd, A. Local zoning and environmental justice: An agent-based analysis. Urban Affairs Review (2014).
  • Kim, Y., Campbell, H., & Eckerd, A. Residential choice constraints and environmental justice. Social Science Quarterly (2014).
  • Kim, Y., Zhong, W., & Chun, Y. Modeling sanction choices on fraudulent benefit exchanges in public service delivery. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation (2013).
  • Zhong, W., Kim, Y., & Jehn, M. Modeling dynamics of an influenza pandemic with heterogeneous coping behaviors: Case study of a 2009 H1N1 outbreak in Arizona. Computational and Mathematical Organizational Theory (2013).
  • Chun, Y., Kim, Y., & Campbell, H. Using Bayesian methods to control for spatial autocorrelation in environmental justice research: An illustration using Toxics Release Inventory data for a Sunbelt county. Journal of Urban Affairs (2012).
  • Eckerd, A., Campbell, H., & Kim, Y. Helping those like us or harming those unlike us: Illuminating social processes leading to environmental injustice. Environment and Planning B (2012).
  • Kim, Y., Hahn, D., & Coursey, D. Decisions in research review boards: The roles of individual characteristics and communication media. Public Integrity (2012).
  • Peck, L., Kim, Y., & Lucio, J. An empirical examination of validity in evaluation. American Journal of Evaluation (2012).
  • Catlaw, T., & Kim, Y. Ontologies of multiplicity and simulation: Possibilities for public affairs inquiry. COMPACT I: Public Administration in Complexity (2012).
  • Kim, Y. Simulating a fraud mechanism in public service delivery. Simulations for Policy Inquiry (2012).
  • Zhong, W., Lant, T., Jehn, M., & Kim, Y. Pandemic influenza simulation with public avoidance behavior. Simulation for Policy Inquiry (2012).
  • Kim, Y., & McGraw, C. Use of agent-based modeling for e-Governance research. Proceeding of the 6th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (2012).
  • Kim, Y., Johnston, E., & Kang, H.S. A computational approach to managing performance dynamics of networked governance systems. Public Performance & Management Review (2011).
  • Megan, J., Kim, Y., Bradley, B., & Lant, T. Community knowledge, risk perception and preparedness for the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) pandemic. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (2011).
  • Eckerd, A., Kim, Y., & Campbell, H. Using ABM to illuminate social processes leading to environmental injustice. Proceeding of Computational Social Science Society of America (2011).
  • . Policy Informatics. (2011).
  • Kim, Y., Kim, S., & Kim, H. Transfer from a home and community-based long-term care program to a nursing home: The Ohio experience. International Journal of Public Policy (2010).
  • Johnston, E., Quigley, P., & Kim, Y. Crossing the border: Exploring the barriers for including complexity methods in evidence-based policy debates. Complex Societal Dynamics: Security Challenges and Opportunities (2010).
  • Zhong, W., & Kim, Y. Using model replication to improve the reliability of agent-based models. Advances in Social Computing / Springer (2010).
Research Activity
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 340Contemporary Policy Challenges
PAF 541Program Evaluation
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 593Applied Project
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 505Public Policy Analysis
PAF 540Adv Policy Analysis
PAF 591Seminar
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 505Public Policy Analysis
PAF 593Applied Project
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 505Public Policy Analysis
PAF 541Program Evaluation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 509Public Affairs Capstone
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 540Adv Policy Analysis
PAF 591Seminar
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 541Program Evaluation
PAF 601Seminar:Pol Analysis & Eval
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 591Seminar
PAF 601Seminar:Pol Analysis & Eval
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 541Program Evaluation
PAF 591Seminar
Presentations
  • Eckerd, A., Campbell, H., & Kim, Y. Residential mobility and environmental justice: Insights from agent-based analysis. The 36th APPAM Annual Research Conference (Nov 2014).
  • Eckerd, A., Campbell, H., & Kim, Y. Social capital and environmental justice: An agent-based model. The 35th APPAM Annual Research Conference (Nov 2013).
  • Dooley, K., & Kim, Y. A conversation about being a scholar in the complexity sciences. Consortium for Biosocial Complex Systems Dynamical Discussion (Oct 2013).
  • Kim, Y. What to consider in launching and evaluating distance/online learning in your program. NASPAA Annual Conference (Oct 2013).
  • Kim, Y. Directing programs: The good, the bad and the ugly. NASPAA Annual Conference (Oct 2013).
  • Kim, Y. Policy Informatics: An application to environmental justice and policy. Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University (Jun 2013).
  • Kim, Y. Complexity science, agent-based modeling, and policy informatics: What are they doing in the space of policy analysis and management?. The Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity (Nov 2012).
  • Kim, Y., Campbell, H., & Eckerd, A. Race versus class in environmental justice: Using agent-based modeling. The 34rd APPAM Annual Research Conference (Nov 2012).
  • Kim, Y., & McGraw, C. Detecting fraud: Using modeling and simulation approaches in practice and research. The 6th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance Conference (Oct 2012).
  • Kim, Y. ICT-enabled governance and policy modeling: Bridging the North-South gap. The 6th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance Conference (Oct 2012).
  • Kim, Y. Building agent-based models with MPA/MPP students in classroom. NASPAA Annual Conference (Oct 2012).
  • Zhong, W., & Kim, Y. Inducing proper public actions through risk communication during an emergency. The 33rd APPAM Annual Research Conference (Nov 2011).
  • Campbell, H., Kim, Y., & Eckerd, A. Zoning systems, externalities, and environmental justice. The 33rd APPAM Annual Research Conference (Nov 2011).
  • Eckerd, A., Campbell, H., & Kim, Y. Using ABM to illuminate social processes leading to environmental injustice. The 2011 Computational Social Science Society of America Annual Conference (Oct 2011).
  • Catlaw, T., & Kim, Y. Philosophies of multiplicity and complexity sciences. COMPACT I (Jun 2011).
  • Zhong, W., & Kim, Y. Searching for sweet spots of communication during an emergency situation: Pandemic influenza outbreaks and public risk communication. The 11th Biannual PMRA (Jun 2011).
  • Eckerd, A., Campbell, H., & Kim, Y. Using agent-based modeling to disentangle environmental (in)justice. School of Public Affairs Colloquium (Feb 2011).
  • Peck, L., Kim, Y., & Lucio, J. An examination of validity in evaluation. The American Evaluation Association Conference (Nov 2010).
  • Chun, Y., Kim, Y., & Campbell, H. Environmental inequities in a Sunbelt city: A Bayesian spatial analysis. The 57th North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International (Nov 2010).
  • Zhong, W., Kim, Y., Jehn, M., Bradley, B. & Lant, T. Public perception of risk during the Novel H1N1 pandemic. ), The 32nd APPAM Annual Research Conference (Nov 2010).
  • Eckerd, A., Campbell, H., & Kim, Y. Helping those like us or harming those unlike us: Using agent-based modeling to illuminate social processes leading to environmental injustice. The 32nd APPAM Annual Research Conference (Nov 2010).
  • Kim, Y., Landsbergen, D., & Desai, A. Simulations as narratives. NASPAA Annual Conference (Sep 2010).
Service
  • ASU SPA Personnel Committee, Member (2014 - Present)
  • NASPAA Doctoral Dissertation Committee, Committee Member (2014 - Present)
  • 13th IFIP e-Government Conference, Program Committee (2014 - Present)
  • Center for Technology in Government, Advisory Group (2014 - Present)
  • The 33rd APPAM Conference, Workshop Organizer (2013 - Present)
  • The 34th APPAM Conference, Program Committee (2013 - Present)
  • The 35th APPAM Annual Research Conference, Discussant (2013 - Present)
  • IFIP e-Government Conference, Program Committee (2013 - Present)
  • Crossover Project, Jury (2013 - Present)
  • XVII International Research Society for Public Management Conference, Co-chair (2013 - Present)
  • ASU SPA PAF505/540/540 and PAF501/503/579 Working Group, Member (2012 - Present)
  • The 33rd APPAM Conference, Panel Organizer (2011 - Present)
  • The 33rd APPAM Conference, Poster Presentation Judge (2011 - Present)
  • The 33rd APPAM Conference, Program Committee (2011 - Present)
  • ASU School of Public Affairs, Colloquium Organizer (2011 - Present)
  • ASU SPA, Faculty Search Committee (2010 - Present)
  • ASU SPA Master Committee, Member (2009 - Present)