Jun Koo PhD, Associate Professor of public administration and policy, Korea University. Regional disparity: A new approach - Can money buy happiness for your region?
Jun Koo is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at Korea University. He is also the Director of the Center for Methodology and Data Analysis at the Institute of Government, Korea University. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining Korea University, he taught at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. His main research interests include innovation, entrepreneurship, and industry clusters in the context of regional development. His work has appeared in a wide range of international journals in planning, regional science, business, and public administration. Koo's most recent work focuses on regional development and disparity from a happiness perspective. Contrary to existing economic approaches, he aims to develop a new approach based on measuring happiness and the quality of life in analyzing and evaluating regional development issues.
The Zube lecture series is named for Ervin Zube, former head of LARP from 1974 to 1980. Professor Zube, who died in 2001, is internationally known for his leadership in developing a culture of academic research in the profession of landscape architecture. His research made numerous seminal contributions to landscape planning theory and practice. The Zube endowment has been supported generously by alumni, students and faculty.