Nam, Kyung-Min 南更旼
BSc Yonsei; MUP Michigan; PhD MIT

Fields of interest

  • Economic Geography
  • Regional Planning
  • International Development
  • Urbanization
  • Air Pollution
  • Climate Change

Dr. Kyung-Min Nam holds a Ph.D. in international development and regional planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and joined the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in fall 2014. His interests are in the institutional and policy dimensions of economic and environmental sustainability, and his current research focuses on the analysis of health effects of urban air pollution and climate co-benefits of air pollution abatement, and on the development of an urban growth model based on new economic geography theories.

Awards & Achievements

Dr Nam was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.

Dr Nam completed his Visiting Scholarship in the Spatial Economics Lab at Seoul National University on 19-21 December 2019.

Dr Nam was appointed as a Co-guest Editor for an Annals of Regional Science (Special Issue) on “Impacts of Air Pollution on Regional Economies in East Asia: Methodology and Empirical Evidence”.

Dr Nam completed his Visiting Scholarship at the MIT Joint Programme on the “Science and Policy of Global Change” between 1 July and 6 July 2019.


  • “Regional Emissions Trading System in the Greater Bay Area and Its Impacts on Carbon-Mitigation Policy-Compliance Costs in Hong Kong and Guangdong Province”, Seed Fund for Basic Research
  • “Environmental Regulations as Industrial Policy: Evidence from the Global Automotive Industry”, Seed Fund for Basic Research
  • “Fiscal Decentralization and Local Economic Growth: Evidence from China”, Seed Fund for Basic Research

Selected Publications

Nam, K.-M., X. Zhang, M. Zhong, E. Saikawa, and X. Zhang. 2019. Health Effects of Ozone and Particulate Matter Pollution in China: A Province-level CGE Analysis. Annals of Regional Science (in press), DOI: 10.1007/s00168-019-00924-z.

Nam, K.-M., and H. Yoon. 2019. Air Pollution in East Asia and Its Regional and Socioeconomic Impacts: An Introduction. Annals of Regional Science (in press). DOI: 10.1007/s00168-019-00935-w.

Park, S., M.-G. Park, and K.-M. Nam. 2019. Growth Effects of Fiscal Decentralization with Weak Economic Motivation: The Case of South Korea. Annals of Regional Science (in press). DOI: 10.1007/s00168-019-00936-9.

Nam, K.-M., M. Li, Y. Wang, and K.K.H. Wong. 2018. Spatio-temporal Boundary Effects on Pollution-health Costs Estimation: The Case of PM2.5 Pollution in Hong Kong. International Journal of Urban Sciences (forthcoming), DOI: 10.1080/12265934.2018.1514275.

Li, X., H. Jiang, and K.-M. Nam. 2018. Adaptation in Cultural Industry under Conservation Pressure: Case Study of Two Chinese Embroidery Clusters. International Journal of Cultural Policy (in press), DOI: 10.1080/10286632.2018.1486826.

Zhang, X., X. Ou, X. Yang, T. Qi, K.-M. Nam, D. Zhang, and X. Zhang. 2017. Socioeconomic Burden of Air Pollution in China: Province-level Analysis Based on Energy Economic Model. Energy Economics 68: 478-489.

Nam, K.-M. 2017. Is Spatial Distribution of China’s Population Excessively Unequal?: A Cross-country Comparison. Annals of Regional Science 59(2): 453-474.

Li, X. and K.-M. Nam. 2017. One Country Two “Urban” Systems: Focusing on Bimodality in China’s City-Size Distribution. Annals of Regional Science 59(2): 427-452.

Nam, K. M. 2016. Need for Coordination between Greenhouse Gas and Pollution Abatement Regulations: China’s Case and Its Implications for Korea. In Quantitative Regional Economic and Environmental Analysis for Sustainability in Korea, edited by E. Kim and B.H.S. Kim, Singapore: Springer.

Nam, K.-M. 2015. Compact Organizational Space and Technological Catch-up: A Comparative Study of China’s Three Leading Automotive Groups. Research Policy 44(1): 258–272.

Nam, K.-M., C.J. Waugh, S. Paltsev, J.M. Reilly, and V.J. Karplus. 2014. Synergy between Pollution Control and Climate Policy: Comparing China and the United States. Energy Economics 46: 186-201.

Park, S.-A., B.-Y. Kim, W.-C. Jang, and K.-M. Nam. 2014. Imperfect Information and Labor Market Bias against Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: A Korean Case. Small Business Economics 43(3): 725-741.

Kim, E.-J., G. Hewings, and K.-M. Nam. 2014. Optimal Urban Population Size: National vs Local Economic Efficiency. Urban Studies 51(2): 428–445.

Nam, K.-M., C.J. Waugh, S. Paltsev, J.M. Reilly, and V.J. Karplus. 2013. Carbon Co-benefits of Tighter SO₂ and NOx Regulations in China. Global Environmental Change 23(6): 1648-1661.

Nam, K.-M. and X. Li. 2013. Out of Passivity: Potential Role of OFDI in IFDI-based Learning Trajectory. Industrial and Corporate Change 22(3): 711-743.

Reilly, J.M., S. Paltsev, K. Strzepek, N.E. Selin, Y. Cai, K.-M. Nam, E. Monier, S. Dutkiewicz, J. Scott, M. Webster, and A. Sokolov. 2013. Valuing Climate Impacts in Integrated Assessment Models: The MIT IGSM. Climatic Change 117(3): 561-573.

Nam, K.-M. and J.M. Reilly. 2013. City-Size Distribution as a Function of Socioeconomic Conditions: An Eclectic Approach to Downscaling Global Population. Urban Studies 50(1): 208-225.

Matus, K.J., K.-M. Nam, N.E. Selin, L.N. Lamsal, J.M. Reilly, and S. Paltsev. 2012. Health Damage from Air Pollution in China. Global Environmental Change 22(1): 55-66.

Nam, K.-M. 2011. Learning through the International Joint Venture: Lessons from the Experience of China’s Automotive Sector. Industrial and Corporate Change 20(3): 855-907.

Nam, K.-M., N.E. Selin, J.M. Reilly, and S. Paltsev. 2010. Measuring Loss in Human Welfare Caused by Air Pollution: A CGE Analysis for the European Region. Energy Policy 38(9): 5059-5071.

Selin, N.E., S. Wu, K.-M. Nam, J.M. Reilly, S. Paltsev, R.G. Prin, and M. Webster. 2009. Global Health and Economic Impacts of Future Ozone Pollution. Environmental Research Letters 4(4): 44014 (9pp).

Nam, K.-M. 2009. Spatial Integration of Corporate R&D and Mass Production Activities: A Case Study of Samsung Electronics. Korea Spatial Planning Review 62: 125-145.

Matus, K.J., T. Yang, S. Paltsev, J.M. Reilly, and K.-M. Nam. 2008. Toward Integrated Assessment of Environmental Change: Air Pollution Health Effects in the USA. Climatic Change 88(1): 59-92.

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URBS1001 “Urban and Regional Development I”
URBS3001 “Urban Studies Studio II”
URBS3004 “Urban Planning and Urban Management”
URBS4002 “Advanced Urban Studies Studio II”
URBP6007 “Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions”
CCGL9026 “Think Global, Act Local”