JiYoung Park

Associate Professor - Department of Urban and Regional Planning
jp292@buffalo.edu - Hayes Hall 228 - (716) 829-5331

Associate Professor - Department of Urban and Regional Planning
jp292@buffalo.edu - Hayes Hall 228 - (716) 829-5331

JiYoung Park headshot.

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.

Public Service

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.

Selected Publications

  • 2018, Ahn, Y., JY Park (Corresponding Author), T. Bruckner and Simon Choi, “Do local employment centers modify the association between neighborhood urban form and individual obesity?” Environment and Planning A (online published)
  • 2018, Kang, Y., C.S. Park, JY Park, and D. Cho, Spatial differences in the heavy precipitation risk intensity in South Korea, Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal (online published)
  • 2017, Park, JY, P Gordon, JE Moore II, and HW Richardson, A New Approach to Quantifying the Impact of Hurricane-Disrupted Oil Refinery Operations Utilizing Secondary Data, Group Decision and Negotiation, 26(6), 1125-1144
  • 2017, Kim, D., JY Park, and A. Hong, “The Role of Destination’s Built Environment on Non-motorized Travel Behavior: A Case of Long Beach, California,” Journal of Education and Planning Research, Online published, DOI: 10.1177/0739456X16688765
  • 2017, Park, C. and JY Park (Corresponding Author), and S. Choi, “Emerging clean transportation technologies and distribution of reduced greenhouse gas emissions in Southern California.” Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity 3(8). doi:10.1186/s40852-017-0059-y
  • 2017, Park, JY. M. Son and C. Park, “Natural disasters and deterrence of economic innovation: a case of temporary job losses by hurricane sandy,” Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity, 3(5)
  • 2017, Yun, J., P. Cooke, and JY Park, “Evolution and variety in complex geographies and enterprise policies,” European Planning Studies, 25(5): 729-738
  • 2017, Park, JY and Bill G. Page, “Innovative green economy, urban economic performance and urban environments: an empirical analysis of US cities,” European Planning Studies, 25(5): 772-789
  • 2016, Park, J.H. and JY Park, “Post-Panamax-effects on Major U.S. Ports,” KMI International Journal of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, 8 (2): 19-30
  • 2016, Park, C. and JY Park, “Panama Canal Expansion, U.S. Trade Diversion from West Coast Seaports and Urban Innovation” Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity 2(12)
  • 2016, Hess, D., J. T. Norton, JY Park and D.A. Street, “Driving decisions of older adults receiving meal delivery: The influence of individual characteristics, the built environment, and neighborhood familiarity” Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 88: 73-85
  • 2015, Hwang, H., JY Park (Corresponding Author), C. Kwon, K. Friedman, N. Attard, S. Wells, and S. Chang “The ties that bind: Bi-national trade implications of the US and Canada using bi-national freight movement network via border crossings,” Research in Transportation Business and Management, 16(1): 32-49.
  • 2015, Cho, J., Gordon, P., J. E. Moore II, Q. Pan, JY Park, and H. W. Richardson, “TransNIEMO: Economic Impact Analysis Using a Model of Consistent Interregional Economic and Highway Network Equilibria,” Transportation Planning and Technology, 38(5): 483-502.
  • 2015, Baek, S., R. Samina, JY Park, L. Epstein, L. Yin and J. Roemmich “Park Design and Children’s Active Play A Micro-Scale Spatial Analysis of Intensity of Play in Olmsted’s Delaware Park” Environment and Planning B, 42(6): 1079-1097.