Featured doctoral student: Hyunjung Ji

Hyunjung Ji is a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on the institutional design of sustainability programs in both public and private organizations and its relationship with policy outcomes.

Her three-essay dissertation examines why some local governments’ sustainability programs have been successful, while others have not. More specifically, she assesses (1) how variations in design features of sustainability programs across US local governments, (2) the factors that influence variations in program design, (3) how these factors are related to local environmental quality.

Complementing her research on public organizations’ sustainability programs, she also examines the institutional design of voluntary environmental programs (such as ecolabels and corporate environmental reports) that are widely used in the private sector. Her work has been published in Urban Studies Journal, and she has three papers under review at Public Management ReviewRegulation and Governance, and Journal of Business Ethics.