Our researchers, working together across four Schools and Institutes at the University, have expertise in the areas of Korean migration to Australia, Korea-Australia relations, media and communication, business, urban planning, and culture.
Dr Jay Song, KSRH Director and Associate Professor in Korean Studies
Jay is a Korea Foundation Associate Professor in Korean Studies and Research Coordinator for the Migration, Gender, and Environment cluster at the Asia Institute. Song conducts research in the areas of North Korea, human rights and Asian migration. Her current research projects focus on Korean migration to Australia using complexity theory. More information
Dr Daejeong Choi, Senior Lecturer in Management
Daejeong is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management and Marketing. He conducts research on human resource management systems, employee behaviours and outcomes, and work team leadership. Daejeong is developing a research project on global mobilities, focussing on Korean Australian immigrant workers, expatriates, and second-generation Korean Australians. More information
Dr Jonathan Glade, Lecturer in Korean and Japanese Studies
Jonathan is a Lecturer in Korean and Japanese Studies at the Asia Institute. Jonathan’s research focuses on Korean culture from regional and global perspectives. His current research project looks at the globalisation of Korean and Japanese food and the ways in which food intersects with notions of nation and identity. Jonathan coordinates the class “Global Cultures of Japan and Korea,” which explores Korean culture’s global spread and impact. More information
Dr Ryan Gustafsson, Postdoctoral Fellow
Ryan is an Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) postdoctoral fellow at the Asia Institute. Ryan conducts research in social theory and continental philosophy (particularly phenomenology), focussing on Korean transnational adoption, migration, and diaspora. They also work on collaborative and individual research projects in the areas of gender studies and environmental philosophy. More information
Dr Hyungmin Kim, Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning
Hyung Min is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. His research focuses on the economic and spatial dynamics of cities, investigating the urban implications of global activities such as Foreign Direct Investment, international students, and international real estate investment. His research pays attention to globalisation of Korean urban development, South and North Korean cities, and Korean outward investment. More information
Dr Peter K. Lee, KF Research Fellow
Peter is a Korea Foundation Research Fellow, undertaking a policy project on “Korea-Australia Middle Power Collaboration” in March 2022 - May 2023. His research focuses on Korea-Australia relations, middle powers, and security cooperation. Peter is also a Research Fellow in the Foreign Policy and Defence Program at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Previously, he was a Research Associate at the Asia Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul. He received a BA (Hons) and MIR from the University of Melbourne and his PhD from the Australian National University.
Dr Wonsun Shin, Associate Professor in Media and Communications
Wonsun is a Associate Professor in Media and Communications, in the School of Culture and Communications. Wonsun’s research looks at young peoples’ engagements with digital media, privacy management, and parental mediation. She also conducts research on digital media use in advertising and its impacts on consumers. Wonsun is working on research projects investigating digital media use by Asian-Australians during COVID-19 and Korean consumers’ privacy concerns in dealing with online advertisers, and has extensive expertise in quantitative research methods. More information
Ms Jun Kim
Jun is a third year undergraduate Arts student majoring in Asian Studies and Psychology. She hopes to pursue further studies at the Asia Institute post-graduation with a focus on Korean Studies.
Ms Lulu Spencer
Lulu is a research assistant for the Korean Studies Research Hub since 2021. As a politics student at the University of Melbourne, they completed an honours thesis on identity in Korea-Japan relations in 2020. Lulu has obtained a graduate certificate in Public Policy from the Australian National University and plans to continue to explore these areas of interest in the field of Korean Studies.
Dr Adam Zulawnik
Adam is a Teaching Associate and Coordinator of Korean 1 at the Asia Institute. Prior to the current position, he was an Academy of Korean Studies postdoctoral research fellow at Monash. He is a Korean and Japanese language and translation specialist and conducts research in the areas of translation theory and Korean and Japanese language. Adam’s current research projects include the formulation and implementation of methodology for the translation of politically controversial texts and development of a comprehensive textbook about the history of South Korean popular culture.
Associate Professor Sungkyung Kim, AKS Visiting Fellow
Sung Kyung is Associate Professor at the University of North Korean Studies (UNKS) in Seoul, Korea. She also serves as a deputy director of the Center for North-South Korea Mind Integration at the UNKS and editor-in-chief for the Review of North Korean Studies. In 2018-2021, she was a member of Peace and Prosperity Division in the Presidential Commission and board member of the Ministry of Unification in Korea. Prior to these positions, Sung Kyung was a lecturer at the Department of Sociology and senior visiting fellow at Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include North Korean mobility, sociology of emotion, and cultural geography. Sung Kyung received her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Essex in UK.
Associate Professor Jeffrey Robertson
Dr. Robertson is an Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies at Yonsei University. He worked for the Australian Government in the field of foreign policy and North Asia, focusing on China, the Korean Peninsula, and Japan. His research interests include diplomatic practice, foreign policy, Korean peninsula affairs. His main research areas include diplomatic studies, foreign policy, and South Korea. Dr. Robertson’s time with the Korean Studies Research Hub (KSRH) at the University of Melbourne will be spent completing a book on the Australia-Korea bilateral relationship with the support of an Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) Grant. The book uses a diplomatic studies approach to secure insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the Australia-Korea bilateral relationship.
Dr Boyoung Yoon, AKS Visiting Fellow
Boyoung is a Lecturer in Sociology of North Korea at the School of North Korean Studies, Dongguk University in Seoul, Korea. She is also a policy advisor to the Ministry of Unification and Gyeonggi Province. Her research focuses on North Korean society and everyday lives of North Koreans. She recently published on the social context of North Korean bribery and recreational activities. Other key Korean-language publications include: Changes in Everyday Communities in North Korea (2021), A Study on North Koreans’ Right to Information Access (2020), Value Adaptation of North Koreans Defectors in South Korea (2019), and Development of Inter-Korean Relations and Change of Perception of North Koreans Residents (2018). Previously, Boyoung was a humanitarian volunteer at the Mercy Corps working with North Korean refugees and migrants in Yanji, China. Boyoung received a BA, MA and PhD from Dongguk University.
Ms Jasmine Barrett, PhD Candidate
Jasmine is an AKS PhD candidate at the Asia Institute. Her research focuses on the development of the disability sector in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Her dissertation is tentatively titled, “Disability in the DPRK: Identity, social inclusion, and changing perceptions of disability”. Prior to joining the Asia Institute, Jasmine was an entrepreneur partnering with the Korean Federation for the Protection of the Disabled to create employment for people with disability in the DPRK.
Mr Theo Mendez, PhD Candidate
Theo is a PhD candidate at the Asia Institute and the Melbourne Climate Futures Hub. Theo’s research focuses on the potential for greater collaboration between South Korea and Australia in clean energy, and the ways in which this could transform Australia-South Korea relations. His dissertation is tentatively titled “Building a Sustainable Relationship: Examining the Potential for Greater Collaboration between Australia and South Korea in Clean Energy”. Before joining the University of Melbourne, Theo was an undergraduate researcher at the University of Western Australia’s Korea Research Centre where he researched the representation of Asia in Australian education policies.
Mr Spencer Hines, PhD Candidate
Spencer is a PhD candidate in Screen and Cultural Studies at the School of Culture and Communication. His thesis centres on the films and creative practice of South Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo. Investigating the creative principles and methodologies observed in the films’ production, Spencer’s research gestures toward a broader focus on the history of film and the creative arts within the Korean context. Spencer has also completed a Graduate Certificate focussing on Korean Studies at the University of Melbourne.