Andy Hong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah. He is an honorary research fellow at the University of Oxford and the George Institute for Global Health. Andy is also Co-founder of the Healthy City Futures, a global nexus of innovators dedicated to sharing cutting-edge information on urban health.
Andy’s research lies at the nexus of urban planning, transportation, and public health. He has been working on two research streams to push the boundary of interdisciplinary urban health research. One stream is related to applying the concept of “cities as data” to understand cities as invisible grids and overlapping networks made up of vast quantities of data from sensors to crowdsourcing platforms. Another stream uses “cities as a living lab” to assess the impact and effectiveness of place-based approaches to addressing the wider determinants of health inequalities. His goal is to bridge the gap between urban planning and public health to develop evidence-based policy solutions to emerging health challenges linked to urban and transportation planning.
Andy previously held positions at the University of Oxford, the University of British Columbia, the Korea Transport Institute, and Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California and his graduate and undergraduate studies at the University of Washington.