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Sungmin Lee

Texas A&M University

Based in

United States
North America

Sungmin Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. His primary research interests lie in understanding the impacts of climate change and creating healthy and safe environments for people of all ages. The focus of his research is to explore the effects of climate change and its intricate relationship between the built/natural environment and public health. He is particularly passionate about addressing the needs of vulnerable populations, including older adults, emphasizing the benefits of green space, and actively working towards the mitigation of health disparities and environmental inequalities.

His experiences in researching built/natural environment–public health relationships have been diverse, utilizing methods such as surveys, systematic social observations, GIS analyses, and field audits. His interdisciplinary background, collaborating with experts in urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, social science, and public health, has equipped him to be a versatile researcher. This versatility enables him to understand and explore diverse perspectives towards promoting healthy and safe environments for everyone.

His research findings have been published in reputable journals, including the Journal of Landscape and Urban Planning, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Health & Place, and Gerontologist. Before joining Texas A&M, he held the position of an assistant professor at the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Connecticut. Sungmin Lee is enthusiastic about contributing his expertise to the intersection of climate change and health within the network.

Country(ies) of Specialty

Korea, South

Focus areas of expertise

Communications research Climate Justice

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Lee, Sungmin, Bon Woo Koo, and Youjung Kim. “Associations between tree characteristics and street crime: A case study in downtown Austin, TX.” Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 87 (2023): 128046.

Guo, Chunyu, et al. “Impact of heat on emergency hospital admission in Texas: geographic and racial/ethnic disparities.” Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology (2023): 1-8.

Lee, Sungmin, Ryun Jung Lee, and Sebastian Scherr. “How tree canopy cover can reduce urban suicide attempts: A geospatial analysis of the moderating role of area deprivation.” Landscape and Urban Planning 230 (2023): 104606.
Lee, Sungmin, et al. “Tree canopy, pediatric asthma, and social vulnerability: An ecological study in Connecticut.” Landscape and urban planning 225 (2022): 104451.

Lee, Sungmin, et al. “The association between tree canopy cover over streets and elderly pedestrian falls: a health disparity study in urban areas.” Social Science & Medicine 306 (2022): 115169.