Jeong Okju (Dr. Jeong) is the Principal Urban Development Specialist at the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). She combines education and research on a broad range of topics with practical experience in implementing regional development and green growth policies in government.
During 2008-2010, she was Assistant Secretary to the President for Land and Maritime Affairs, Republic of Korea. Her main work scope covered Korea’s national territorial policies and urban planning. She also worked with the Presidential Commission on Architecture Policy.
During 2004-2008 she was a Research Fellow at the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements in Anyang, Korea. She has consulted for the World Bank, the OECD and Vivendi (Veolia) Environment in Seoul.
She received a B.A. and M.A. in Geography from Seoul National University. She received her DEA and then PhD (with highest distinction) in Geography and Regional Planning from the University of Paris-IV-Sorbonne.
She has authored or co-authored numerous research reports and papers on subjects as varied as communes and local development in France and in Korea, restructuring and competitiveness of major metropolitan regions in Northeast Asia, network-based strategic growth pole development, Algerian urban planning, landscape planning and place marketing.
Her interests include: green city, territorial development and poverty reduction, cultural and historical footprints on different territories, and governance. She has traveled extensively and enjoys cycling and hiking.