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Dr Ji Hei Lee | Lecturer in Real Estate Planning

ji hei leeDr Lee has been teaching urban planning modules for BSc Real Estate, Henley Business School since 2015. She is a fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK. Prior to joining Reading, she worked as an assistant lecturer at Texas A&M University teaching undergraduate and postgraduate planning modules such as Building Better Cities, Evolving City, and Structure and Function of Urban Settlements.

Her research interest lies in how planners can create our neighborhoods and cities more livable, particularly for the elderly and the less mobile. She has examined the mechanism how built environment may affect social relationships and health in different contexts including U.S.A, Malaysia and South Korea. In her current research project, she investigates Malaysian older adults’ behaviors and preferences in navigating urban spaces. She is embarking on a new project to investigate property oversupply issues in Iskandar Malaysia.


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Speciality areas

Built Environment, Health and Wellbeing
Aging Population
Neighbourhood Environment & Walkability

Highest qualification and awarding body

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

UoRM programmes taught/supervised

Planning Law & Practice
Introduction to Planning and Building
Projects in Real Estate & Planning
Real Estate

Research interests

Liveable communities
Active aging
Poverty, housing and jobs

Current projects

Effects of Built Environment Determinants on Quality of Life: Case of Senior Adults in Greater Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Recent publications

Lee, J. H., & Tan, T. H. (2019). Neighborhood Walkability or Third Places? Determinants of Social Support and Loneliness among Older Adults. Journal of Planning Education and Research. (first online)

Lee, J. H. (2019). Livable Seoul: Village Community Building. In Wagner, F. & Caves, R.W. (Eds.), Community Livability (2nd edition). London: 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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