Sungduck Lee is an urbanism scholar and educator. Her research focuses on issues related to neighborhood vitality and social equity. Her recent book, Design for Social Diversity (co-authored with Emily Talen, 2018, Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City series) examines the relationship between urban form and social diversity at a neighborhood scale. She published her research on neighborhood walkability, diversity, safety, and public parks in journals such as the Journal of Urban Design, Environment and Planning B, Landscape and Urban Planning, Journal of Urbanism, and Journal of Architectural and Planning Research.
Lee is an assistant professor of graphic design in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota and teaches courses in design research, urban form analysis, geospatial data visualization and GIS. She is the director of Geosocial visualization Lab, an interdisciplinary laboratory with a research interest that lies at the intersection of social geography and visual communication. The main objective of the lab is to examine and visualize various characteristics of the built environment in relation to social needs.