University of Cambridge, UK | PhD Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
- research into North Korean economy
- Left position to join Leiden University in 2014
University of Nottingham, UK | MA International Studies: Asia-Pacific Region
- Thesis on inter-Korean relations in the Sunshine Policy era
- In-depth research into the politics and societies of the Asian continent
Scholarships, grants and projects
Research affiliation with North Korea Research Institute of Yonsei University, Seoul, 2014-present
Recipient of Academy of Korean Studies research grang 2013-14
Recipient of Royal Marsden Society of New Zealand research grand 2012-2013
Recipient of grang worth 50% of tuition fees from Sogang University, Seoul, 2010-2011
Published manuscript (in translation)
(2011) NK People Speak, 2011 , Zeitgeist, Seoul
Peer-reviewed research papers
(2013). “Toward a North Korean Developmental State,”
BAKS Papers , forthcoming.
(2013). “Now On My Way to Meet Who? The Two Faces of Imangap ,” Asia-Pacific Journal, forthcoming.
(2011). “Looking at Food Aid with Open Eyes,” Korea Policy, Vol.6 (May-June), 74-76.
(2013) “North Korea’s Ten Principles Show Regime Rigidity”,
Journal, September 9.
(2013) “Defector Testimonies in a Polarized Society,” with Steven Denney, Korean Quarterly, Summer 2013.
(2013) “In Mao We Trust: The Increasing Use of Yuan in North Korea,” NKnews [online], May 14.
(2013)“Now on my way to meet who?” with Stephen Epstein, Korea Quarterly, Spring 2013.
(2013)“Hopes Spike on Camp ‘Closure’,” Asia Times [online], January 26.
(2012) “A North Korean Rebel,” Asia Sentinel [online], October 19.
(2012) “Kim Jong--‐un Prepares Balancing Act,” with Sokeel J. Park, Asia Times [online], September 22.
Recent Public Speeches and Lectures
(2014) “Recent Trends in North Korean Society and Public Opinion,” National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC, March 11.
(2014) “Polities in Motion: DPRK,” Munk School, University of Toronto, March 6.
(2013) “Engaging North Korea: Invitation--‐only Roundtable Dialogue,” St. Peter’s College, Oxford University, November 27.
(2013) “EAHRNK Online Forum,” November 25.
(2013) “Redefining the North Korean Economy,” Joint East Asian Studies Conference, University of Nottingham, September 5.
(2013) “Media Representations of North Korea in the South Korean Media,” EAHRNK Inaugural Conference, UCL, London, September 3. Page 3
(2013) “The China--‐North Korea Border,” Cambridge North Korea Forum, Cambridge University, July 4.
(2013) “In Mao We Trust: The Yuanization of North Korea,” Engage Korea Conference, Oxford University, May 2.
(2012) “The State of Information Freedom in North Korea,” for NED and the Henry Jackson Society, Institute of Chartered Surveyors, London, November 28.
(2012) “Prospects for Change in North Korea,” for US Armed Forces Korea, Yongsan US Army Base, Seoul, September 17.
(2012) “Cracking the Hermit Kingdom: North Korea in the Digital Age,” for East-West Center “International Media Conference 2012,” Yonsei University, Seoul, June 25.
Interest & affiliations
Member, Royal Society for Asian Affairs
Seoul Flyers Running Club (2011-2012).
Director of race calendar and race promotional activities for top multicultural running club in South Korea with over 1000 members.
20+ full course marathons in Canada, Germany, Japan and Korea.
30+ half marathons in Asia and North America.
No relevant ancillary activities