AWARDS

Recipient of the 2020

Society for Social Work and Research Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award:

 

“Combating Poverty through Aid:

A Critical Analysis of Alternative Models.” 

... it is necessary to come up with strategies that ensure long-term development partnerships leading to increases in the size, duration, and predictability of assistance. One strategy is to promote mutual benefits between donors and recipients...

Woojin Jung

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Global poverty and international aid policy

  • Artificial intelligence and spatial analysis for international development

  • Data-intensive project design, outcome prediction, and impact evaluation

  • Community development policy and practice

  • Social welfare policy, focusing on income transfer, employment, and immigration

Dr. Jung’s research focuses on development aid policy as an instrument to alleviate global poverty. She applies data science techniques to examine the relationship between poverty and aid particularly in fragile states. Her research uses three lenses to evaluate the extent to which aid activity is suited to the needs of aid recipients:

  1. a nuanced poverty assessment at the global level;

  2. a case analysis of project design at the country level; and

  3. a granular evaluation at the community level.

She combines machine learning with new sources of data, such as satellite imagery, to highlight latent features relating to the distribution of aid. Her work has been advanced through the interdisciplinary social welfare/development engineering program at UC Berkeley and is supported by the National Science Foundation Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Water, and Energy Systems Fellowship. Her experience with multi-/bilateral development agencies (UNICEF NY, KOICA), research institutes (Harvard Malcolm Winner Center for Social Policy), and grassroots organizations (Nari Gunjan) in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa directly informs her research and teaching.

COMMUNITY

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TECHNOLOGY

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POLICY

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AID

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