Jin-Kyu Jung

Associate Professor

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Geography, UW Seattle

B.A., Urban Engineering, Pusan National University, South Korea
M.U.P, Urban Planning, State University of New York at Buffalo
Ph.D., Geography, State University of New York at Buffalo

Office: UW2-226
Phone: 425-352-3724
Email: jkjung5@uw.edu
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246


I still feel as much a student as a teacher, and I don’t think it will change at least soon. Being a teacher is a too big shoe to fill in for me as my other roles as a father of three girls, husband, son, friend and so on…However, one thing I believe important is to maintain a lively, engaging, and fairly challenging teaching atmosphere in the classroom. Yes, it is true that teaching always brought new challenges and opportunities. In all my classes, I emphasize a solid grounding in both theoretical approaches and practical methodologies, in active student-oriented learning and community engagement, and aim for understanding over memorization. I also support student diversity in the classroom by structuring my courses to reach diverse interests, experiences, and embodiments, and by mentoring students in and outside of class. In my pedagogy, as in my research, I am committed to optimizing the presence and participation of those most likely to be absent or silenced in critical space. This also leads me to my particular interest in community-based learning and research (CBLR) and participatory engaged research. Most importantly, both teachers and students should learn from each other, and always need a mutual respect. I cannot wait to interact and learn more in the classroom ‘with’ students. 

Recent Courses Taught

BIS 218 The Power of Maps
BIS 314 Creative Geovisualization
BIS 342 Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
BIS 343 Geographic Visualization
BIS 352 Mapping Communities
BIS 406/BPOLST593 Urban Planning and Geography
BIS 489 Exploration Seminar (Co-lead with Dr. Santiago Lopez)


I am an urban geographer/planner who has a theoretical and practical expertise in Geographic Information Sciences (GISci) and a mixed-methods approach. On the one hand, I continuously explore the importance of power and politics as well as the complexities of race, class, gender and sexualities in cities, and ask how the shaping of these categories effectively complicates urban geographical knowledge. On the other hand, I focus on discussing new ways to expand the qualitative capabilities of GIS and geographic visualization. I have tried to develop novel methodologies that incorporate qualitative data and analysis in GIS environments, and demonstrate the substantive insights made possible through these methods, when applied in research on children’s geographies, conceptualization of urban space and community, and urban poverty and inequality. Much of this work has drawn on research I conducted in inner city Buffalo, NY, and more recently from community-based researches in Seattle, WA. I hope my research offers geographers, planners, and interdisciplinary scholars key innovations in digital spatial technologies and epistemologies that integrate different forms of data and representation, and analysis often seen as incompatible: quantitative and qualitative, visuality and numeracy, maps and text, artistic and scientific. Applying digital innovations in grounded community-based research, I would like to show how this integrated approach generates stronger and more ‘nuanced’ geographical insights than are possible within singular epistemological/methodological framework. Recently, I am also interested in implementing qualitative analysis and qualitative aspects of geovisualization complementing current Big Data and social media research. It will help us to see the contexts drawn from diverse socio-spatial, cultural, political and technological boundaries of knowledge in a hybrid (both real and digital) space we live.   

Selected Publications

Jung, J.-K. 2017. Affective Geovisualization and Children: Representing the Embodied and Emotional Geographies of Children. In Establishing Geographies of Children and Young People, eds. T. Skelton and S. Aitken, 1-25. Singapore: Springer Singapore. Advanced online publication. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-4585-88-0_22-1

Lopez, Santiago, J.-K. Jung, Maife Lopez. 2017. A hybrid-epistemological approach to climate change research: Linking scientific and smallholder knowledges in the Ecuadorian Andes. Anthropocene. 17: 30-45. DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ancene.2017.01.001

Jung, J.-K. and C. Anderson. 2016. Extending the conversation on socially engaged geographic visualization: representing spatial inequality in Buffalo, New York. Urban Geography. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2016.1184854

Jung, J.-K. and T. Hiebert. 2016. Imag(in)ing Everyday Geographies: A Case Study of Andrew Buckles’ Why Wait? Project. GeoJournal. 81(4): 597-614 DOI: 10.1007/s10708-015-9638-2

Jung, J.-K. 2015. Community Through The Eyes of Children: Blending Child-Centered Research and Qualitative Geovisualization. Children’s Geographies. 13(6): 722-740.

Jung, J.-K. 2015. Code Clouds: Qualitative Geovisualization of Geotweets. The Canadian Geographer, 59(1): 52-68.

Jung, J.-K. and S. Elwood. 2010. Extending the qualitative capabilities of GIS: Computer-Aided Qualitative GIS. Transactions in GIS 14(1): 63-87


Jung, J.-K. 2009. Computer-Aided Qualitative GIS: A Software level Integration of Qualitative Research and GIS. In Qualitative GIS: A Mixed Methods Approach, eds. M. Cope and S. Elwood: SAGE Publications: 115-135.