Research Interests:
Social Sciences
Pillar / Cluster: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Dr Cho is experienced in conducting multi-disciplinary research and working in an international environment. Her teaching and research areas include urban sociology, cultural sociology, social theory, qualitative research, East Asian studies, and ageing.

Key Publications

  • Creative Ageing Cities:Urban Design with Older People in High-density Asian Cities (co-edited with Chong, K.H.), Routledge (under contract)
  • Coupling Urban Regeneration with Age-Friendliness: Neighbourhood Regeneration in Jangsu Village, Seoul (with J, Kim), Cities 58, 107-114, 2016. 
  • Dynamic Busan: Envisioning a Global Hub City (with Seo, J.K. and Skelton, T.), Cities (46): 26-34, 2015.
  • Successful Aging in High-density City: A review of Singapore’s urban policies (with Chong, K. H., Loo, D. and Zheng, J.), In: International Perspectives on Age-friendly Cities, Taylor and Francis, 2015.
  • Economization or Conservation of Obsolete Industrial Spaces (with Shin, S. H.), Habitat International 41, pp. 69-76, 2014.
  • Turning the Hong-dae area into a Cool Cultural District in Seoul, In: New Economic Spaces in Asian Cities: from Industrial Restructuring to the Cultural Turn, (eds), P W Daniels, K C Ho and T A Hutton, London: Routledge, 2012.
  • Cultural Politics in a Cultural District: Envisioning a World City Seoul, South Korea, Asian Studies Review 34, pp.329-47, 2010.



  • PhD Sociology, Bielefeld University (Germany), 2008
  • MA Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick (UK), 2000
  • BA History, Yonsei University (Korea), 1998


  • Urban Sociology
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Sociological Theory


Ongoing Projects

  • Liveable Places: A Building Environmental Modelling Approach for Dynamic Place Making, 2013-2015
  • Urban Regeneration and Economy in Asia, 2014 - 2015
  • Creative Ageing City, 2011- 2015


  • Visiting Scholar, Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US, 2011-2012
  • Visiting Assistant Professor- Division of Sociology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2009-2010
  • Postdoctoral Fellow- Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2008-2009


  • Scholarship of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 2006
  • Scholarship for Postgraduate Students Bielefeld University, 2003-2005
  • Best Dissertations of the Year Korea Cultural Policy Institute (KCPI), 2000