Misun Hur, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography – Planning Program


Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

East Carolina University

A-212 Brewster Building

Greenville, NC 27858-4353


Office. 252-328-1270

Fax. 252-737-1527

e-mail. hurmi AT ecu.edu


Curriculum Vitae (PDF format)







PLAN3022. History and Theory of Planning (Writing Intensive) (Spring 2012 syllabus)

This course offers an analysis of past and present planning concepts, history, and theories. The course is designed to bring to bear a wide range of literature on the topics of planning practive and theory.


PLAN3030. Urban and Regional Planning (Fall 2012 syllabus)

PLAN3030 deals with urban and regional planning at a general introductory level. It covers a wide variety of topics, including the history of planning in the United States, various planning tools, legal and social issues of planning, ethnic and cultural diversity and their relevance for planning. Students are also introduced to different subfields of planning such as, urban design, transportation planning, housing, community development, land-use, growth management, environmental planning, and urban development.


PLAN4025. Housing and Neighborhood Planning (Spring 2012 syllabus)

Substantive and methodological issues related to housing and neighborhood planning. Current local, state, and federal statutory planning requirements in housing and community development examined in relationship to planning process.


PLAN3041. Computer Applications in Planning (Fall 2012 syllabus)

Today, planning is much more visual and computer aided. Computer aided design skills are highly recommended for a planner to strengthen public participation in planning, to aid the public in understadning proposed plans, and to help communicating with various stateholders. This course is designed to introduce various computer applications from communication tools (CMapTools and Jing), to online questionnaire application (Qualtrics), to presentation software (Powerpoint and Prezi), to mobile applications, and to Adobe design software (Photoshop and InDesign).




Research interests

My broad research interests are two-fold: a comprehensive understanding of the built environment and human interactions within it, and technology-based research with visualization supports. Primary interests include environment and behavior research, community development, public engagement, research methods in social relations, planning technology including Geographic Information System, analytical methods, and interdisciplinary research.


Selected peer-reviewed publications

·       Hur, M. & Li, Y. (under review). I stay because I can afford to, but that doesn’t make me happy. Urban Affairs and Review 

·       Hur, M., Nasar, J. L. & Chun, B. (2010). Neighborhood satisfaction, physical and perceived naturalness and openness. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 30, 52-59.  Download the article

·       Hur, M. & Morrow-Jones, H. (2008). Factors that influence residents’ satisfaction with neighborhoods. Environment & Behavior, 40(5), 619-635.  Featured in the OSU Research Communications and received numerous media attentions. | Download the article

·       Chin, Y., Hur, M., & Hong, Y. (2000). Meaning of the conventional market place derived from the merchant’s point of view. Journal of the Korean Institute of Landscape Architecture, 28(1), 118-128. (in Korean)

·       Chin, Y. & Hur, M. (1999). A qualitative analysis toward the urban life using Chungryangri residents’ DLR (Daily Life Records) data. Journal of Urban Sciences at the University of Seoul, 25(1), 175-192. (in Korean)

·       Hur, M., & Chin, Y. (1996). GIS-oriented measurement indices of accessibility of neighborhood parks in Seoul. Journal of the Korean Institute of Landscape Architecture, 24(3), 42-56. (in Korean)

·       Choi, K., Kim, H., Chin, Y., Chin, S., & Hur, M. (1995). A study on the facilities distribution based on the choice model of the outdoor leisure facilities in a neighborhood units of the Megalopolis citizens (1). Journal of the Korean Institute of Landscape Architecture, 23(1), 123-139. (in Korean)





Last updated 21 August 2012