The Bartlett School of Planning

Dr Jung Won Son

Dr Jung Won Son

Associate Professor

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
22nd May 2006

Research summary

Dr. Sonn's research is focused on two themes in urban and regional economic development: 1) the urban and regional dimension of technological knowledge production and 2) political analysis of regional economic planning. The geographical focuses of his research are the U.S., South Korea and China. Funded projects include temporal changes of localised knowledge spillovers in the U.S. (funded by the Benjamin Stevens Fellowship of North American Association of Regional Science), the emergence of a metropolitan knowledge cluster (funded by the Leverhulme Trust), a comparative study of innovative capacities between the Seoul metropolitan area and the Southeast region (funded by the Asian Institute for Regional Innovation), creative centres as a new orthodoxy in Chinese urban development (funded by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and Localised knowledge spillovers and regional absorptive capacity (funded by European Commission through Marie Curie Fellowship).

Teaching summary

Dr. Jung Won Sonn has been teaching classes in urban economics, regional economic development, urban social theory, geographic information system, introductory statistics and research design.


University of California at Los Angeles
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2004
Seoul National University
Other higher degree, Master of Arts/Master of Science | 1997
Seoul National University
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1994


Dr Sonn joined Bartlett School of Planning in 2006. Before that, he taught in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE. He also held part-time posts at Jungbu University in South Korea, at the Korean Research Institute for Local Administration, at the Korean Appraisal Research Institute and at the Southern California Association of Governments. He also had visiting posts at Institute of Policy and Management (Beijing), Chinese Academy of Science and Department of Geography at Seoul National University. He received his Ph.D. degree in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles and his MSc. and BSc. degrees from Seoul National University.