Hyun Kim, Ph.D

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and a Research Fellow of Center for Transportation Research (CTR) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


My research interests center on the Geography of Transportation and Geographic Information Science (GIS) in the following key research themes below.

  • Transportation

  • Location Modeling
  • GIS for Socio-economic Applications

  • Spatial Optimization

  • Spatial Statistics

  • Medical/ Health Geography


I am recruiting new graduate students who are interested in my research. If you wish to learn more about Graduate Studies in the Department of Geography at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, please visit: Department of Geography at UTK.

Selected Research

Transportation Analysis & GIS

2018, Song, Y, H. Kim, K. Lee, and K. Ahn, “Subway network expansion and transit equity: A case study of Gwangju metropolitan area, South Korea”, Transport Policy 72 148-158

2019, Ye, Q and H. Kim, “Assessing network vulnerability using shortest path network problems”, Journal of Transportation Safety & Security. DOI: 10.1080/19439962.2019.1600626

2018, Kim, H, K. Lee, J. S. Park, and Y. Song, “Transit network expansion and accessibility implications: A case study of Gwangju metropolitan area, South Korea”, Research in Transportation Economics. 69 544-553

2018, Kim, H, and Y. Song, “An integrated measure of accessibility and reliability of mass transit systems”, Transportation 45(4) 1075-1100

2018, Ye, Q, H. Kim, “Assessing network vulnerability of heavy rail systems with the impact of partial node failures”, Transportation 1-24

2018, Bae, B, H. H. Kim, Liu, Y, L. Han, and P. Freeze “Missing data imputation for traffic flow speed using spatiotemporal cokriging” Transportation Research Part C, 88, 124-139

2016, Kim, H, C. Kim, and Y. Chun, “Network reliability and resilience of rapid transit systems”, The Professional Geographer, 68(1), 53-65.

Spatial Optimization/Location Modelling

2018, Kim, K, Y. Chun, and H. Kim “A Robust Heuristic Approach for Regionalization Problems”, GeoComputational Analysis and Modeling of Regional Systems, 305-324.

2016, Kim, K, Y. Chun, and H. Kim “p-Functional clusters location problem for detecting spatial clusters with covering approach”, Geographical Analysis, 49(1), 101-121

2017, Kim, H, and M. S. Ryerson, “The q-Ad hoc hub location problem for multi-modal Networks”, Networks and Spatial Economics, 17 (3), 1015-1041.

2012, Kim, H, “p-Hub protection models for survivable hub network design”, Journal of Geographical Systems, 14(4), 437-461

2016 Kim, K, D. Dean, H. Kim, and Y. Chun, “Spatial optimization for regionalization problems with spatial interaction: a heuristic approach”, International Journal of Geographic Information Science, 30(3), 451-473.

2015 Kim, H, Y. Chun, and K. Kim, “Delimitation of functional regions using a p-regions problem approach”, International Regional Science Review, 38(3), 235-263.

2009 Kim, H, and M. E. O’Kelly, “Reliable p-hub location problems in telecommunication networks”, Geographical Analysis, 41(3), 283-306.

Public Health

2018, Yoon, H, Y. Jang, K. Choi, and H. Kim, “Preventive dental care utilization in Asian Americans: Does neighborhood matter?” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 12 (10) 2261.

2016, Ye, H, and H. Kim, “Locating health care facilities using a network-based covering location problem”, GeoJournal, 81, 875–890.

Ye, H*, S. Lee, and H. Kim, “Effect of neighborhood characteristics on length of inpatient stay: Findings from the U.S. national data”, Social Work Research, 40(2):117-126.


2018 Tran, L., R. McManamaya, and H. Kim, “A non-parametric distance-based method using all available indicators for integrated environmental assessment – A case study of the Mid-Atlantic Region, USA”, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

2017, McManamaya, R, S. Nair, C. DeRolph, B. Ruddell, A. Morton, R. Stewart, M. Troia, L. Tran, H. Kim, B. Bhaduri, ”US cities can manage national hydrology and biodiversity using local infrastructure policy”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) 114 (36), 9581-9586