Booyuel Kim is an associate professor of Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Seoul National University. He received a B.A. in Economics from Handong University in 2003, and a Master of International Affairs and his Ph.D. in Sustainable Development both from Columbia University in 2009 and 2014, respectively. After completing his Ph.D. he worked as a post-doctoral research scholar at the Earth Institute of Columbia University while participating in the Millennium Villages Project and the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign. From 2015 to 2020 he worked as an assistant professor at KDI School of Public Policy and Management.
His research interests span health and education issues in the developing countries as well as in Korea. As the principal investigator, he has been in charge of evaluating the following field experiments: girls’ education support project and HIV/AIDS prevention project in Malawi (since 2010), rural community-driven development project in Cambodia and Myanmar (since 2015), and an A.I.-backed adaptive learning project, High Touch High Tech in Vietnam (since 2018).
His recent publications include ‘Do Horizontal Teaching Practices Matter for Cooperation?’ (Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 2021), ‘How does Learner-Centered Education affect Teacher Self-Efficacy? The case of Project-Based Learning in Korea’ (Teaching and Teacher Education, 2019), and ‘The Role of Education Interventions in Improving Economic Rationality’ (Science, 2018).