Dr. Park’s research interests are urban economics and transportation modeling as applied to natural and man-made environmental and security problems.
He developed National Interstate Economic Model (NIEMO), a spatially disaggregated operational MRIO (Multiregional Input-Output) model of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The NIEMO is used to analyze economic impacts resulting from natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and hypothetical terrorist attacks. Further, it is expanding to (1) transportation and multi-modal systems, (2) international countries, (3) temporal extension, (4) demand price elasticity model, (5) HAZUS software, (6) game theory and (7) environmental model estimating Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission effects. His vision is to observe dynamic changes in urban/regional/international systemactic structures. The models Dr.Park has developed provide simulated results stemming from the changes and the predicted futures for planners in urban, regional, national and international levels.
B.A.. (economics), Seoul National University
M.A. (economics), Seoul National University
Ph.D. (urban planning), University of Southern California
Dr. Park currently teaches graduate courses: Research Methods, Economic Concepts, Quantitative Methods for MUP and Advanced Quantitative Methods for Ph.D. He was appointed as part of UB2020's Extreme Events Strategic Strength.
Dr. Park's public service and research are relating to his research interests, the economic impact modeling to analyze the effects resulting from natural and man-made disasters. He is an active member of the international and local Regional Science associations, e.g. North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) and Western Regional Science Association (WRSA). Dr. Park also serves as Extreme Events Faculty Advisory Committee for the national Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) at the University at Buffalo. He is a national member of Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) and proposing how the risk modeling can be applied to the Planning field. He is currently serving non-standing committee for the National Science and Technology of South Korea and an editorial board member of International Journal Urban Sciences, and was a co-guest editor of European Planning Studies.