ANDY HONG portrait
  • Assistant Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
  • Director, Healthy Aging and Resilient Places Lab (
  • Faculty Affiliate, Global Change & Sustainability Center
  • Faculty Affiliate, Center on Aging

Research Statement

My research focuses on the connection between the built environment and human health, with a particular interest on the social and environmental determinants of 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 work with local communities and stakeholders to develop an equitable and sustainable place-based approach to healthy aging and resilient places.

Research Keywords

  • Urban Planning or Policy
  • Urban Health
  • Transportation
  • The built environment and relationship to health
  • Smart City and Sensor Network
  • Resilience
  • Public Health
  • Gerontology and Aging around the World
  • Environmental Health
  • Data Integration and Analytics
  • Air Pollution
  • Aging, physical activity and mobility
  • Aging and the Life Course

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Fall Risk Mapping: Visualizing Fall-related Injuries among Older Adults across the United States. PI: Andy Hong. Office of Undergraduate Research, University of Utah, 05/01/2024 - 04/30/2025. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Nature Rx Virtual: Designing a Nature-Based Health Intervention for Homebound Older Adults Using Virtual Reality. PI: Andy Hong. Co-PI(s): Rogelio E. Cardona-Rivera. Vice President for Research (VPR) Office, 04/01/2024 - 03/31/2025. Total project budget to date: $15,000.00
  • Gentrification, Displacement, and GHG Emissions at Transit-Oriented Communities. PI: Andy Hong. Co-PI(s): Reid Ewing. US DOT, 09/23/2023 - 08/30/2024. Total project budget to date: $85,261.00
  • Nature Rx Pilot: Identifying barriers and facilitators to implementing nature-based mental health interventions for older adults. PI: Andy Hong. Co-PI(s): Alessandro Rigolon, Michelle Sorweid, Valerie Greer, Sarah Canham. Nature and Human Health Group, University of Utah, 03/01/2023 - 12/31/2024. Total project budget to date: $10,000.00
  • U-Walk: A Walk Audit Tool to Facilitate Student Learning and Improve Walking Safety on Campus. PI: Andy Hong. Co-PI(s): Tom Millar, Anna Maki. SEED2SOIL, University of Utah, 08/01/2022 - 07/31/2023. Total project budget to date: $10,494.00
  • Transportation for Seniors (T4S): Developing a New Accessibility Measure to Support Older Adults in a Post-Pandemic World. PI: Andy Hong. Co-PI(s): Xiaoyue Cathy Liu. US Department of Transportation (National Institute for Transportation and Communities), 10/01/2021 - 09/30/2022. Total project budget to date: $75,000.00
  • Systematic Review of Age-Friendly Environment Intervention Studies. PI: Andy Hong. Co-PI(s): Sarah Canham, Michelle Sorweid, Valerie Greer. World Health Organization, 08/01/2021 - 12/31/2021. Total project budget to date: $23,075.00
  • Healthy Aging and Resilient Places (HARP) Lab: Promoting Health and Resilience in Aging through Interdisciplinary Collaboration. PI: Andy Hong. Co-PI(s): Sarah Canham, Michelle Sorweid. University of Utah Center on Aging (Innovations Grant), 07/01/2021 - 06/30/2023. Total project budget to date: $50,000.00
  • 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


  • Towards Healthy Cities: The Role of Green Space. Ph.D. Seminar. Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/25/2021.
  • 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.


  • Methods and systems for detecting environment features in images, predicting location-based health metrics based on environment features, and improving health outcomes and costs (#. US20200075168A1). Status: Published. Inventors: Lawrence D. Frank, James Chapman, Nicole Iroz-Elardo, E-Sok (Andy) Hong. File date 08/31/2018; Issue date 03/05/2020. Assignee: Urban Design 4 Health. Country: United States.


  • English, fluent.
  • Korean, fluent.
    Native speaker.

Geographical Regions of Interest

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


  • Gebresselassie, M., Alavi, S. & Hong, A. (2024). How and Where Did Older People Travel Before and After COVID? Insights from Washington, DC’s Smart Card Data. Findings. Published, 02/21/2024.
  • Greer, V., Hong, A., Canham, S. L., Agutter, J., Garcia, I., Van Natter, J. M. & Caylor, N. (2024). From Sheltered in Place to Thriving in Place: Pandemic Places of Aging. The Gerontologist. Vol. 64, 1-11. Published, 02/01/2024.
  • Hong, A. & Chakrabarti, S. (2023). Compact living or policy inaction? Effects of urban density and lockdown on the COVID-19 outbreak in the US. Urban Studies. Published, 07/21/2023.
  • Greer, V., Canham, S. L., Hong, A., Caylor, N. & Van Natter, J. (2023). Shifting perspectives: Outlooks on ageing in place in the COVID-19 era. Ageing and Society. Published, 06/01/2023.
  • Zinia, F. A., Bhandari, P., Tuffour, J. P. & Hong, A. (2023). Evaluating social equity of transit accessibility: A case of Salt Lake County, U.S. Transportation Research Record. Vol. 2677. Published, 05/22/2023.
  • Greer, V., Greer, V., Canham, S. L., Hong, A., Agutter, J., Garcia, I. & Van Natter, J. (2023). Aging in Place Through the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives from Aging Service Providers. Journal of applied gerontology. Published, 03/01/2023.
  • Hong, A., Welch-Stockton, J., Kim, J. Y., Canham, S. L., Greer, V. & Sorweid, M. (2023). Age-Friendly Community Interventions for Health and Social Outcomes: A Scoping Review. International journal of environmental research and public health. Vol. 20, 2554. Published, 01/03/2023.
  • Ahn, H., Hong, A. & Lee, J. (2022). Urban form and air pollution: Clustering patterns of urban form factors related to particulate matter in Seoul, Korea. Sustainable Cities and Society. Vol. 81. Published, 06/01/2022.
  • Frank LD, Bigazzi A & Hong A (2022). Built environment influences on healthy eating and active living: The NEWPATH study. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.). Vol. 30, 424434424-434. Published, 04/01/2022.
  • Hong, A., Baker, L., Prieto Curiel, R., Duminy, J., Buswala, B., Guan, C. & Ravindranath, D. (2022). Reconciling big data and thick data to advance the new urban science and smart city governance. Journal of Urban Affairs. Vol. 45, 1737-1761. Published, 03/04/2022.
  • Frank, L.D., Adhikari, B., White, K.R., Dummer, T., Sandhu, J., Demlow, E., Hu, Y., Hong, A. & Van den Bosch, M. (2021). Chronic disease and where you live: Built and natural environment relationships with physical activity, obesity, and diabetes. Environment International. Vol. 158. Published, 10/22/2021.
  • Houlden, V., Jani, A. & Hong, A. (2021). Is biodiversity of greenspace important for human health and wellbeing? A scoping literature review. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. Vol. 66. Published, 10/17/2021.
  • Hong, A., Martinez, L., Patino, J.E., Duque, J. & Rahimi, K. (2021). Green space and health disparities in the Global South: Evidence from Cali, Colombia. Health & Place. Published, 10/04/2021.
  • Patino, J.E., Hong, A., Duque, J., Rahimi, K., Zapata, S. & Lopera, V.M. (2021). Built environment and mortality risk from cardiovascular disease and diabetes in Medellín, Colombia: An ecological study. Landscape and Urban Planning. Vol. 213. Published, 09/01/2021.
  • Adhikari, B., Delgado-Ron, J.A., White, K.R., Van den Bosch, M., Dummer, T., Hong, A., Sandhu, J., Demlow, E., Hu, Y. & Frank, L.D. (2021). Community Design and hypertension: Walkability and park access relationships with cardiovascular health. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. Vol. 237. Accepted, 07/27/2021.
  • Ahn, H., Hong, A. & Lee, J. (2021). Does urban greenway design affect air pollution exposure? A Case Study of Seoul, South Korea. Sustainable Cities and Society. Vol. 72. Accepted, 05/20/2021.
  • Jo, Y., Hong, A. & Sung, H. (2021). Density or Connectivity: What Are the Main Causes of the Spatial Proliferation of COVID-19 in Korea?. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Vol. 18, 5084. Published, 05/11/2021.
  • 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. Published, 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.