• Research Associate in Urban Development


Jin-ho is Research Associate in Urban Development and Climate Migration. He joined the Transport Studies Unit (TSU), University of Oxford, in August 2020 and is working on the Oxford Martin Programme on Informal Cities, an interdisciplinary research project collaborating with a cohort of researchers in Medical Sciences (the George Institute), Anthropology (COMPAS) and Mathematics (the Mathematical Institute) to understand informal cities, and the millions of lives lived within them, in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Before coming to Oxford, he worked as a postdoctoral research consultant on the 'Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions' project at the University of East Anglia (2018-2019) and on the 'Food and Forests in Africa' project funded by the Science for Nature and People Partnership at the International Institute for Environment and Development (2017-2018).

Jin-ho completed his PhD in Human Geography at University College London (2017). His PhD research examined, through a study of UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme, how two different communities in Ethiopia are responding to the need for adaptation to climate change and why the two communities had different capacities to adapt. His research findings had been presented at the UNDP Headquarters in New York and archived in the UNDP online database for the use of its country programmes.

Current Research

Jin-ho is working on the interactions between different SDGs in the context of climate migration into informal settlements in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Using an ethnographic approach, he is investigating how climate migrants secure access to infrastructure and what risks they face in destination areas. Key themes include access to housing, water, drainage, healthcare, transport as well as responses from host communities in those settlements concerning scarce resources and infrastructure.

Research Interests

Jin-ho is trained in political ecology and resilience studies, specialising in climate change adaptation. His research focuses on the interface between academia and development practice, aimed at improving the relationships between science, policy and practice. In order to have real-world impact, his approach has been interdisciplinary and collaborative, drawing from collaborations with academics, policymakers, government, civil society, industry and local communities, converging on the themes of climate resilience, youth migration and social equity, with a primary focus on East Africa.


Journal Articles

  • Chung, J. (forthcoming) Who defines community in community-based adaptation to climate change: different perceptions of community between government and citizens in Ethiopia. Climate and Development.


Conference Papers

  • Chung, J. (2015) Community-based adaptation (CBA) to climate change in the Ethiopian highlands. Proceedings of the International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES), Warsaw University, Poland, 24-28 August.