Lee, Sungmin individual record
Assistant Professor

Sungmin Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. His primary research interests are in understanding and creating healthy and safe environments for people of all ages. The aim of this research is to explore the relationship between the built/natural environment and public health. He is particularly interested in addressing the needs of vulnerable populations, such as older adults, the benefits of green space, and the mitigation of health disparities and environmental inequalities. His experiences in researching built/natural environment-public health relationships using diverse methods such as surveys, systematic social observations, GIS analyses, and field audits. His interdisciplinary experience working with collaborators in urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, social science, and public health enables me to become a versatile researcher to understand and explore diverse perspectives toward promoting healthy and safe environments for everyone. His research has been published in the Journal of Landscape and Urban Planning, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Health & Place, and Gerontologist. Before joining Texas A&M, he worked as an assistant professor at the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Connecticut.

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  • Lee, S., Lee, R. J., & Scherr, S. (2023). How tree canopy cover can reduce urban suicide attempts: A geospatial analysis of the moderating role of area deprivation. LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING. 230, 104606-104606.
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  • Towne, S. D., Xu, M., Zhu, X., Ory, M. G., Lee, S., & Lee, C. (2022). Differential Effects of a Global Public Health Crisis on Physical Activity: Evidence From a Statewide Survey From the United States.. HERD. 15(4), 63-80.
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  • Lee, S., Ye, X., Nam, J. W., & Zhang, K. (2022). The association between tree canopy cover over streets and elderly pedestrian falls: A health disparity study in urban areas.. Soc Sci Med. 306, 115169-115169.
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  • Song, Y., Lee, S., Park, A. H., & Lee, C. (2022). COVID-19 impacts on non-work travel patterns: A place-based investigation using smartphone mobility data. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING B-URBAN ANALYTICS AND CITY SCIENCE. 23998083221124930-239980832211249.
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