Academic Team - Dr Ji Hei Lee, Lecturer in Real Estate Planning

Academic Team

Dr Ji Hei Lee | Lecturer in Real Estate - Planning and Development

ji hei leeDr Ji Hei Lee is a lecturer in Real Estate ‒ Planning and Development at Henley Business School, University of Reading Malaysia. Prior to joining Reading, she taught urban planning at Texas A&M University. Her research areas lie at the intersection of urban planning, social work and public health. She is interested in intervention strategies to promote wellbeing and community livability across all ages and people with different mobility. Her past and ongoing research encompasses the following themes:

Built and Social Environment, Wellbeing & Age-Friendly Communities - She investigated how neighbourhood walkability, third places and life-space mobility influence older adults’ wellbeing outcomes such as social support network, life satisfaction, loneliness, and depressive symptoms in various contexts. She currently co-supervises a PhD research project examining active travel in the context of MENA region.

Housing & Mental Health – She identified specific housing factors leading to depression and suicidal behaviour for each age group and gender and found the underlying mechanism of housing-mental health nexus. Her current research examines the interrelationship in the context of climate change and disaster.

Regeneration & Placemaking - Her ongoing research examines an innovative regeneration governance model to address issues of abandoned or underused buildings.



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Ph. D. in Urban and Regional Science, Texas A&M University

M.U.P. in Urban Planning, Seoul National University

B.B.A. in Business Administration, Kyung Hee University

B.A. in Interpretation and Translation, Kyung Hee University

Modules taught

University of Reading Malaysia (2015 – present):

Dissertation (2021–present), Planning Law and Practice (2016–present), Introductions to Planning and Building (2015 – present), Projects in Real Estate and Planning (1) (2015 – present) and Real Estate Economics and Investment (Autumn 2019)

At Texas A&M University (2014-2015):
Building Better Cities (2015), Evolving City (2014) and Structure and Function of Urban Settlements (2014)

Research interests

Aging in Place; Walkability; Third Places; Mobility; Wellbeing & Mental Health; Regeneration & Adaptive Reuse; Climate Change & Sustainability

Recent publications

Lee, J. H., & Tan, T. H. (2023). Neighborhood walkability or third places? Determinants of social support and loneliness among older adults. Journal of Planning Education and Research43(2), 240-253.

Lee, J. H. (2022). Housing quality determinants of depression and suicide ideation by age and gender. Housing Studies

Tan, T. H., & Lee, J. H. (2022). Residential environment, third places and well-being in Malaysian older adults. Social Indicators Research, 1-18.

Lee, J. H. (2019). Livable Seoul: Village Community Building. In Wagner, F. & Caves, R.W. (Eds.), Community Livability: Issues and Approaches to Sustaining the Well-Being of People and Communities (2nd edition). Routledge.

Tan, T. H., & Lee, J. H. (2018). Assessing the determinants of retirement home ownership among Malaysian young-old seniors. International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, 11(4), 687-700.


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