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Lee, Kyungsun

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research overview

  • Kyungsun Lee is an environmental social scientist focusing on the sustainability transition of energy, water, and waste system. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her research is based on environmental sociology, human geography, and industrial ecology. Her overarching research agenda is to understand the governance of the socio-technical system toward urban sustainability transition. Specifically, She examines the role of different stakeholders to understand how innovative technologies such as desalination, eco-industrial park, and green hydrogen are developed, diffused, and implemented in our society.


  • sustainability transition, environmental governance, global production network, systematic review, text mining, patent analysis


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courses taught

  • ENVS 3034 - Foundations of Environmental Justice
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
    Explores qualitative social science, forms of environmental inequality, and the underpinnings of environmental justice and social change. Environmental justice is the right to a safe and healthy environment for everyone, regardless of race, class, gender, or other considerations. Students engage in in-depth case study analysis and develop a social science research proposal on an environmental justice topic of their choosing. Previously offered as a special topics course.
  • ENVS 3525 - Intermediate Environmental Problem Analysis: Topical Cornerstones
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
    Engages students in in-depth study of a topic such as climate change, energy, natural resources or sustainability. Through lectures, discussions, readings and activities, students will become conversant with how science, policy and values are integrated in environmental problem solving, and develop their own sense of how to critically engage with proposed solutions. Fulfills cornerstone requirement for Environmental Studies Major. Recommended prerequisite: ENVS 1000. Recommended corequisite: ENVS 3020. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.
  • ENVS 3621 - Energy Policy and Society
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Summer 2023
    Examines how society makes decisions about energy, and how these decisions affect the environment and the economy. Uses tools from policy analysis, economics, and other disciplines to build an in-depth understanding of energy's role in U.S. contemporary society. Fulfills Cornerstone requirement of ENVS majors. Recommended prerequisites: ENVS 1000 and ENVS 3070 or PHYS 3070. Recommended corequisite: ENVS 3020.


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