ANDY HONG portrait
  • Assistant Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
  • Faculty Affiliate, Global Change & Sustainability Center

Research Statement

My research lies at the nexus of urban planning, transportation, and public health. I have been working on two research streams to push the boundary of interdisciplinary urban health research. One stream is related to applying the concept of “cities as data” to understand cities as invisible grids and overlapping networks made up of vast quantities of data from sensors to crowdsourcing platforms. Another stream uses “cities as a living lab” to assess the impact and effectiveness of place-based approaches to addressing the wider determinants of health inequalities.

My goal is to bridge the gap between urban planning and public health to develop evidence-based policy solutions to emerging health challenges linked to urban and transportation planning. Previously, I held positions at the University of Oxford, the University of British Columbia, the Korea Transport Institute, and Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Southern California and my graduate and undergraduate studies at the University of Washington.

Research Keywords

  • Urban Planning or Policy
  • Urban Health
  • Transportation
  • Public Health
  • Pedestrian/Walkability Design
  • Environmental Health
  • Air Pollution
  • Aging, physical activity and mobility

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • From Sheltered in Place to Thriving in Place: Dimensions of Aging in the "Right" Place during the Pandemic. PI: Valerie Greer. Co-PI(s): Jim Agutter, Sarah Canham, Ivis Garcia, Andy Hong. Scholarship Incentive Program, 03/01/2021 - 02/27/2022. Total project budget to date: $20,000.00
  • Nature Sensing: An IoT approach to characterising biodiversity of green spaces for planetary health. PI: Andy Hong. Connecting Capabilities Fund, Research England, UK, 01/01/2020 - 12/31/2020. Total project budget to date: $56,647.00


  • Healthy Cities and Green Space: From Garden City to Healthy New Towns, Healthy City Forum, Healthy New Town Rearch Consortium, Korea, Dec. 3, 2020. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/03/2020.
  • Green Healthy City Research: Crowdsourcing App Development. Department of Urban Design and Studies, Chung-Ang University, Korea, Nov., 2020. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/13/2020.
  • Hong A, Lee, C., Widener, M., Oviedo, D., Wang, X., Chrisinger, B., Planning for Healthy and Equitable Cities: International Perspectives, AESOP-ACSP Joint Roundtable Session at the 58th Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (virtual). Presentation, Presented, 11/03/2020.
  • Healthy Mobility Research: A Natural Experimental Approach, Green Transportation Research Group, Korea Planning Association, Oct., 2020. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/16/2020.
  • Making Sense of the Connection between Transportation and Health: A Natural Experimental Approach, Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah, Oct., 2020. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/10/2020.
  • Urban green spaces and wellbeing, Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation, Kellogg College, University of Oxford, Mar., 2020. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/20/2020.
  • Healthy Cities from the Bottom Up: A Human-centred Approach to Urban and Transport Planning , The Centre for Diet & Activity Research, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/18/2020.


  • Korean, fluent.
    Native speaker.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Republic of Korea
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


  • Frank L.D., Hong A. & Ngo V.D. (2021). Build It and They Will Cycle: Causal Evidence from the Downtown Vancouver Comox Greenway. Transport Policy. Vol. 105, 1-11. Published, 05/01/2021.
  • Kang J., Hong A. & Sung H. (2021). Moderating effect of ICT use on the relationship between neighborhood walkability and subjective quality of life (QoL). Journal of Korea Planning Association. Accepted, 01/04/2021.
  • Rosella LC, O'Neill M, Fisher S, Hurst M, Diemert L, Kornas K, Hong A & Manuel DG (2020). A study protocol for a predictive algorithm to assess population-based premature mortality risk: Premature Mortality Population Risk Tool (PreMPoRT). Diagnostic and prognostic research. Vol. 4, 18. Published, 12/01/2020.
  • Adhikari B., Hong A. & Frank L.D. (2020). Residential relocation, preferences, life events, and travel behavior: A pre-post study. Vol. 36. Research in Transportation Business and Management. Published, 09/01/2020.
  • Hong A., Kim B. & Widener M. (2020). Noise and the city: Leveraging crowdsourced big data to examine the spatio-temporal relationship between urban development and noise annoyance. (pp. 1201-1218). Vol. 47. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. Published, 09/01/2020.
  • Rossa-Roccor V, Acheson ES, Andrade-Rivas F, Coombe M, Ogura S, Super L & Hong A (2020). Scoping Review and Bibliometric Analysis of the Term "Planetary Health" in the Peer-Reviewed Literature. Frontiers in public health. Vol. 8, 343. Published, 09/01/2020.
  • Mei K, Huang H, Xia F, Hong A, Chen X, Zhang C, Qiu G, Chen G, Wang Z, Wang C, Yang B, Xiao Q & Jia P (2020). State-of-the-art of measures of the obesogenic environment for children. Obesity reviews : an official journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity. Published, 07/01/2020.
  • Frank LD, Hong A & Ngo VD (2020). Causal evaluation of urban greenway retrofit: A longitudinal study on physical activity and sedentary behavior. Preventive medicine. Vol. 123, 109-116. Published, 05/01/2020.
  • Wang Z, Zhao L, Huang Q, Hong A, Yu C, Xiao Q, Zou B, Ji S, Zhang L, Zou K, Ning Y, Zhang J & Jia P (2020). Traffic-related environmental factors and childhood obesity: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity reviews : an official journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity. Published, 01/01/2020.
  • Guan, C, Keith M & Hong A (2019). Designing walkable cities and neighborhoods in the era of urban big data. Urban Planning International. Vol. 34. Published, 12/01/2019.
  • Frank L.D., Mayaud J., Hong A., Fisher P. & Kershaw S. (2019). Unmet Demand for Walkable Transit-Oriented Neighborhoods in a Midsized Canadian Community: Market and Planning Implications. Journal of Planning Education and Research. Published, 01/01/2019.
  • Hong A. (2019). Effect of mode shift from car to light rail on personal exposure: A controlled experiment. Atmospheric Environment. Vol. 196, 53-65. Published, 01/01/2019.
  • Hong A, Sallis JF, King AC, Conway TL, Saelens B, Cain KL, Fox EH & Frank LD (2018). Linking green space to neighborhood social capital in older adults: The role of perceived safety. Social science & medicine. Vol. 207, 38-45. Published, 10/01/2018.
  • Kim D., Park J. & Hong A. (2018). The Role of Destination’s Built Environment on Nonmotorized Travel Behavior: A Case of Long Beach, California. (pp. 152-166). Vol. 38. Journal of Planning Education and Research. Published, 06/01/2018.
  • Boarnet M., Hong A. & Santiago-Bartolomei R. (2017). Urban spatial structure, employment subcenters, and freight travel. (pp. 267-276). Vol. 60. Journal of Transport Geography. Published, 04/01/2017.
  • Hong A., Boarnet M. & Houston D. (2016). New light rail transit and active travel: A longitudinal study. (pp. 131-144). Vol. 92. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice. Published, 10/01/2016.
  • Hong A, Schweitzer L, Yang W & Marr LC (2015). Impact of temporary freeway closure on regional air quality: a lesson from Carmageddon in Los Angeles, United States. Environmental science & technology. Vol. 49, 3211-8. Published, 11/01/2015.
  • Hong A. (2014). Do attitudes moderate the built environment impact on bicycle commuting? Findings from the 2009 National Household Travel Survey of the United States. Korean Local Administration Review. Vol. 11, 155-172. Published, 12/01/2014.
  • Hong E. & Bae C. (2012). Exposure of bicyclists to air pollution in Seattle, Washington hybrid. (pp. 59-66). Transportation Research Record. Published, 01/12/2012.