B. (Boram) Kim

B. (Boram) Kim


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PhD research project

By applying the capability approach, my research project during the PhD study is narrowed down to the topic of how a housing policy outcome can be (or should be) evaluated by focusing on human dimension than the economic and physical dimension of the housing. This research topic is closely linked to the issue of inequality, equity and justice in the housing sector. In the long run, I have broader interests on various housing policies for low-income groups and marginalised people, and more inclusive housing institutional system and governance.

Research Interests

Housing policy, social justice, capability approach, housing governance, community-driven housing process, the social role of architects/planners and their movements

About me

Before the PhD study, with the academic background of BSc Architecture and Engineering, and MA International Development: Urban Development, for more than 10 years, my work has been dedicated to the field of housing policies and programmes for low-income and marginalised groups, in the cities of Asian countries including South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia. As a practitioner and consultant, I have worked at architectural firms, NGOs, a philanthropic foundation, and bi- and multi-lateral agency including UN-Habitat.  As a community architect, I have worked for informal settlement communities and their rights to adequate housing through a community-driven approach. I am currently a co-founder and manager at the Architects for Society and People (ASP) (previously the Community Architects Network in Korea – CAN Korea).  



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Research interests

Housing Policy, Social Justice, Housing Inequality, Urban Poverty, Informal settlements, Housing rights

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