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Yushim Kim

Yushim Kim

Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


School of Public Affairs
Arizona State University
411 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85287-3720


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Yushim Kim (PhD in Public Policy and Management, Ohio State University, 2006) is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Affairs, a Senior Sustainability Scholar at Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and a Graduate Faculty in Complex Adaptive Systems Science at Arizona State University.

Dr. Kim's research contributes to the field by advancing systems thinking as it relates to complex policy and management problems. She is interested in examining why and how undesirable problems and events occur, and how to respond to seemingly insoluble problems. In specific, she is interested in investigating the way in which a complex adaptive systems perspective and associated analytical tools (e.g., computational simulation modeling, qualitative comparative analysis, and social network analysis) provide useful insights to address questions such as these. Two projects below highlight her substantive and methodological interests.

Since Dr. Kim joined Arizona State University, her early interest in supporting Ohio Medicaid and WIC decisions at the Ohio Department of Health expanded to studying emerging infectious disease outbreaks, such as that of 2009 H1N1. In collaboration with an epidemiologist, an applied mathematician, and practitioners at the Arizona Department of Health Services, her work in this research area focused on understanding how the Arizona public perceives the risk of the new disease and is prepared for it, as well as how to support critical government decisions during the outbreak. Recently, she joined an interdisciplinary research team at a university in Seoul, South Korea. She is examining the way in which inter-organizational emergency response networks (collaboration and conflict networks) formed and evolved during the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outbreak in Seoul in May-June 2015.

She has also been interested in understanding environmental justice problems, planning, and policy. During a collaboration of approximately six years, she and her colleagues (Heather Campbell and Adam Eckerd) wrote several research articles on environmental injustice topics and a refereed book, Rethinking Environmental Justice in Sustainable Cities: Insights from Agent-Based Modeling. In this book, they showed how and why environmental injustice needs to be approached as an emergent phenomenon of dynamic urban systems, and, if we use developing analytical tools such as agent-based modeling, what knowledge we can gain that is not readily obtained via other modes of inquiry. Building upon this work and experience in environmental injustice, she and her colleagues currently are developing a new research project on community involvement and civic capacity in the context of environmental risks. As a separate line of research with two other colleagues at Arizona State University, she is developing a research project on green space and equity. 


  • PhD, Public Policy Management, Ohio State University, 2006


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Journal Articles


Eckerd, A., Y. Kim and H. E. Campbell. 2017. Community privilege and environmental justice: An agent-based analysis. Review of Policy Research 34(2):144-167. DOI: 10.1111/ropr.12214. (link )


Kim, Y. and N. Darnall. 2016. Business as a collaborative partner: Understanding firms’ sociopolitical support for policy format. Public Administration Review 76(2):326-337. DOI: 10.1111/puar.12463. (link )

Kim, Y. and S. Verweij. 2016. Two effective causal paths that explain the adoption of US state environmental justice policy. Policy Sciences 49(4):505-523. DOI: 10.1007/s11077-016-9249-x. (link )


Kim, Y. and S. Maroulis. 2015. Rethinking social welfare fraud from a complex adaptive systems perspective. Administration & Society 1-23. DOI: 10.1177/0095399715587520. (link )

Kim, Y., W. Zhong, M. Jehn and L. Walsh. 2015. Public risk perceptions and preventative behaviors during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness 9(2):145-154. DOI: 10.1017/dmp.2014.87. (link )


Campbell, H. E., Y. Kim and A. Eckerd. 2014. Local zoning and environmental justice. Urban Affairs Review 50(4):521-552. DOI: 10.1177/1078087413505736. (link )

Kim, Y., H. Campbell and A. Eckerd. 2014. Residential choice constraints and environmental justice. Social Science Quarterly 95(1):40-56. DOI: 10.1111/ssqu.12033. (link )


Kim, Y., W. Zhong and Y. Chun. 2013. Modeling sanction choices on fraudulent benefit exchanges in public service delivery. Journal of Aritificial Societies and Social Simulation 16(2):Art. 8. DOI: 10.18564/jasss.2175. (link )

Zhong, W., Y. Kim and M. Jehn. 2013. Modeling dynamics of an influenza pandemic with heterogeneous coping behaviors: Case study of a 2009 H1N1 outbreak in Arizona. Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory 19(4):622-645. DOI: 10.1007/s10588-012-9146-6. (link )


Chun, Y., Y. Kim and H. Campbell. 2012. Using Bayesian methods to control for spatial autocorrection in environmental justice research: An illustration using Toxics Release Inventory data for a Sunbelt county. Journal of Urban Affairs 34(4):419-439. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9906.2011.00594.x. (link )

Eckerd, A., H. Campbell and Y. Kim. 2012. Helping those like us or harming those unlike us: Illuminating social processes leading to environmental injustice. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science 39(5):945-964. DOI: 10.1068/b38001. DOI:

Kim, Y., D. Hahn and D. Coursey. 2012. Decisions in research review boards: The role of individual characteristics and communication medium. Public Integrity 14(2):173-192. DOI: 10.2753/PIN1099-9922140204. (link )

Peck, L. R., Y. Kim and J. D. Lucio. 2012. An empirical examination of validity in evaluation. American Journal of Evaluation 33(3):350-365. DOI: 10.1177/1098214012439929. (link )


Kim, Y., E. W. Johnston and H. S. Kang. 2011. A computational approach to managing performance dynamics in networked governance systems. Public Performance & Management Review 34(4):580-597. DOI: 10.2753/PMR1530-9576340407. (link )


Kim, Y., S. Kim and H. Kim. 2010. Transfer from a home and community-based long-term care program to a nursing home: the Ohio experience. International Journal of Public Policy 5(2/3):160-174. DOI: 10.1504/IJPP.2010.030601. (link )


Desai, A., R. T. Greenbaum and Y. Kim. 2009. Incorporating policy criteria in spatial analysis. The American Review of Public Administration 3(1):23-42. DOI: 10.1177/0275074007311387. (link )


Johnston, E., Y. Kim and M. Ayyangar. 2007. Intending the unintended: The act of building agent-based models as a regular source of knowledge generation. Interdisciplinary Description of Computer Systems 5(2):81-91. (link )

Kim, Y. 2007. Agent-based models as a modeling tool for complex policy and managerial problems. Korean Journal of Public Administration 45(2):25-50 (in Korean).

Kim, Y. 2007. Using spatial analysis for monitoring fraud in a public delivery program. Social Science Computer Review 25(3):287-301. DOI: 10.1177/0894439307299650. DOI:



Campbell, H. E., Y. Kim and A. Eckerd. 2015. Rethinking Environmental Justice in Sustainable Cities: Insights from Agent-Based Modeling. Routledge. New York, NY. ISBN: 978-0415657440.

Book Chapters


Kim, Y., L. Mannetti, D. M. Iwaniec, N. B. Grimm, M. Berbés-Blázquez and S. A. Markolf. 2021. Social, ecological and technological strategies for climate adaptation. In: Hamstead, Z., D. M. Iwaniec, P. T. McPhearson, M. Berbés-Blázquez, E. M. Cook and T. A. Munoz-Erickson eds., Resilient Urban Futures. Springer. ISBN: 978-3-030-63130-7.


Kim, Y. and N. Xiao. 2008. FaudSim: Simulating fraud in a public delivery program. Pp. 319-339 In: Liu, L. and J. Eck eds., Artificial Crime Analysis Systems: Using Computer Simulations and Geographic Information Systems. Information Science Reference. ISBN: 978-1599045917.



Davidson, M. J., Y. Kim, M. Berbés-Blázquez, E. M. Cook, R. J. Hobbins, D. M. Iwaniec and T. A. Munoz-Erickson. 2017. Assessment of SETS strategies for shaping cities' resilience scenarios. Poster presented at the 2nd Annual UREx SRN All Hands Meeting, New York, NY.



Kim, Y., D. Eisenberg, M. V. Chester, C. L. Redman and N. B. Grimm. 2019. The infrastructure trolley problem: Positioning safe-to-fail infrastructure for climate change adaptation. Presentation at the The Nature of Cities Summit, June 4-7, 2019, Paris, France.


Foley, R. W., M. J. Bernstein and Y. Kim. 2013. Ground control: linking top-down and bottom-up approaches for international nanotechnology governance. Presentation at the First Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics, 20-21 May 2013, Chandler, Arizona.