Professional portrait of Yunji Kim

Yunji Kim

Assistant Professor
Urban and Regional Planning
Campus Affiliations
UW-Extension Specialist
204 Music Hall

My research focuses on local government service delivery, public finance, community wellbeing indicators, and community development. Currently, I am examining local government responses to fiscal stress after the Great Recession. I engage in the debate on whether local governments are progressive agents that maximize social welfare, or austerity machines that balance their budgets at the cost of community wellbeing. This is a comprehensive research project with 1) national level statistical analyses on service delivery and public finance and 2) focus groups and policy analysis conducted in collaboration with local government associations, state agencies, and community organizations on the drivers of fiscal stress and local responses.