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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

Studying at Cambridge

 

Heeseo Rain Kwon

Heeseo Rain Kwon

PhD Candidate


Biography:

Heeseo (Rain) is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge on a Cambridge Trust Scholarship. Her PhD research focuses on dynamic simulation of urban change using agent-based modelling (ABM), application of behavioural theories in urban modelling, and utilization of big data in the era of smart city. Heeseo received BSc in Urban Planning from the Bartlett School, University College London (UCL), and MPhil Planning, Growth and Regeneration from the University of Cambridge. She worked in the National Infrastructure Research Division, the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) as a researcher for three years before pursuing her postgraduate studies.

Research Interests

Land Use, Transportation, Spatial Analysis, Geographic Information System (GIS), Urban Computation, Dynamic Simulation, Agent-Based Modelling (ABM), Behavioural Theories, Big Data, Smart City

 

Research Supervision

PhD Thesis Title: Refining Behavioural Theories and Rules in Agent-Based Models to Enhance Dynamic Simulation of Urban Change 

Supervisor: Dr Elisabete A. Silva 

Start Date: Michaelmas 2017 

End Date: Michaelmas 2020 (est.) 

College: Fitzwilliam

 

Other Professional Activities

EDUCATION, AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Cambridge (2017–present)

  • University of Cambridge Scholarships (Cambridge Trust, Fitzwilliam College, Land Economy) (2017–2020)
  • Peter Wilson Estate Gazette Scholarship (2017-2020)
  • Fitzwilliam College Senior Scholarship (2018-2019)
  • Fitzwilliam College Graduate Scholarship (2018-2019)
  • PhD Representative, Department of Land Economy (2018-2019)
  • Vice-president, Cambridge University Korean Society (2017-2018)
  • Team member, Cambridge University Bowmen (2017-present)
  • Team member of Women’s 2nd boat, Fitzwilliam College Boat Club (Rowing) (2017-2018)

MPhil in Planning, Growth, and Regeneration, University of Cambridge (2016–2017)

  • Peter Wilson Estate Gazette Scholarship (2016-2017)
  • First prize winner of the 2017 Real Estate Development Group Project (2017)

BSc in Urban Planning, Design, and Management, The Bartlett School, University College London (UCL) (2010-2013)

  • First Class Honours and Dean’s List
  • First prize winner of the 2013 IFHP Centenary International Student Competition: Garden Cities for Tomorrow, International Federation of Housing and Planning (2013)

TEACHING, RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

  • Postgraduate Small Group Teaching (MPhil Supervision), Urban and Environmental Planning (PGR01), Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge (2018-2019)
  • Graduate-level researcher, Infrastructure Research Division, Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) (2013-2016)
  • 2015 KRIHS Researcher of the Year Award, Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) (2015)
  • External researcher of KRIHS, Smart City Technical Project Design for Great La Plata and Great Mendoza, Argentina (2017-2018) with the Inter-American Development Bank
  • External researcher of KRIHS, Study on the National Strategic Road Network Development and Management (2017) for the Korea Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
  • External researcher of KRIHS, Study on Strategic Plans for Transportation Funding (2016) for the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements
  • Main researcher of KRIHS under PI, KRIHS-WWC Joint Research on Smart and Sustainable Urban Transportation Model and its Implementation Strategy for Developing Countries, Focusing on LAC Region (2015-2016) with Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Main researcher of KRIHS under PI, Knowledge Sharing Program: Bilateral Policy Consulting on Construction and Infrastructure for Cambodia, Laos and Kazakhstan (2015-2016) for the Ministry of Strategy and Finance of Korea
  • Main researcher of KRIHS under PI, Development of a Smart City Approach for the Model Cities under the Tamil Nadu Sustainable Urban Development Project (TNSUDP), India (2015-2016) for the World Bank
  • Main researcher of KRIHS under PI, IDB-KRIHS Joint Research on International Case Studies of Smart Cities (2014-2015) with the Inter-American Development Bank
  • Main researcher of KRIHS under PI, Analysis of Experiences in Sustainable Cities for 2015 Korea-LAC Knowledge Exchange Forum at 2015 IDB Annual Meeting (2014-2015) with the Inter-American Development Bank
  • Main researcher of KRIHS under PI, RFP Development for Integrated Operation and Control Center (IOCC) Pilot Project in Goiania, Brazil (2013-2014) for the Inter-American Development Bank
  • Main researcher of KRIHS under PI, Case Studies for Assessing IT Service Industry Development Potential in Pune, India and Chittagong, Bangladesh (2013-2014) for the World Bank
  • Main researcher of KRIHS under PI, Policy Recommendations for the Public Transportation System in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2013-2014) for the Korea Development Institute

INTERNSHIPS AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE 

  • Intern in Development Consulting, Capita Property and Infrastructure, London (2013)
  • Intern in HIV/AIDS Education, AIESEC, Senegal (2011)
  • Intern in Future Society Division, The Seoul Institute (2010)

 

Key Publications

FULL PAPERS PUBLISHED IN PEER REVIEW JOURNALS

  • Kwon, Heeseo Rain and Elisabete A. Silva (Forthcoming) Mapping the Landscape of Behavioral Theories: Systematic Literature Review.

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Silva, Elisabete A., Lun Liu, Heeseo Rain Kwon, Heifeng Niu, and Yiqiao Chen (Forthcoming) "Hard and Soft Data Integration in Geocomputation: Mixed Methods for Data Collection and Processing in Urban Planning." In Handbook on Planning Support Science, edited by Stan Geertman and John Stillwell, Ed. Forthcoming in 2020: Edward Elgar Publishers.

WORKING PAPERS

  • Lee, S.K., Kwon, H.R., Cho, H.A., Lee, D.J., and Kim, J.B. (2016) International Case Studies of Smart Cities, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Lee, S.K., Kwon, H.R., and Cho, H.A. (2016) KRIHS-WWC Joint Research on Smart and Sustainable Urban Transportation Model and its Implementation Strategy for Developing Countries, Focusing on LAC Region (2015-2016), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
  • Lee, S.K., Kwon, H.R., and Lee, H.Y. (2015) Korea’s Pursuit for Sustainable Cities through New Town Development: Implications for LAC”, Inter-American Development Bank

Conference Presentations 

  • The Early Career Researchers’ Conference (ECRC) 2018 (Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK), “Refining Behavioural Rules and Theories in Agent-Based Models to Enhance Dynamic Simulation of Urban Change” (2018)
  • IDB-KRIHS International Seminar: Migrating from Traditional City Management to the Smart City (Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C., USA), “IDB-KRIHS Joint Research: International Case Studies of Smart City – Singapore and Orlando” (2016)