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Pavel Em

Guest Researcher

Dr. P. Em
+31 71 527 2727

Pavel P. Em is a geographer who is primarily interested in the comparison of demography and urbanization in the two Koreas. He has published a number of articles and a book in English and Russian. After the realization of a research project dedicated to urban agglomerations, he is currently working on South Korea’s shrinking cities, cities which are faced with rapid population decline and a crisis in the regional economy.

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Curriculum Vitae

2005-2010 MA Social and Economic Geography (Far Eastern National University, Vladivostok, Russia)
2010-2013 PhD Social and Economic Geography (Lomonosov Moscow State University)

2011-2017 Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Research Fellow
2017-2018 École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Post-doctoral research Fellow

Grants and awards

  • Korea Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship for the European Region 2017-2018
  • Academy of Korean Studies Fellowship 2019


  • 2018. Spatial Development of Urbanization on the Korean Peninsula: a Comparison of the North and South. Vladivostok: Publishing House of the Far Eastern Federal University. (in Russian).
  • 2018. "Urbanization in North Korea: an outline of its peculiarities and an estimation of its real rate". North Korean Review, 14(2), p. 26-45.
  • 2016. "The Capital Agglomeration of the Republic of Korea as a Fuzzy Central Place system". The Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series, 34, p. 7–16

Guest Researcher

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS Korea

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden


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