IKSU expertise provides the foundation for high quality research in the study of contemporary Korea including the politics, society, economy and international politics of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).
IKSU research areas encompass International Relations, Linguistics, International Law, Sociology and East Asian Studies. IKSU staff publish high quality scholarly outputs and IKSU also produces research working papers from globally leading scholars and analysts in Korean studies. IKSU holds regular colloquia that provide spaces for academic and student interaction around discrete themes in research in Korean studies. IKSU also is home to PhD students whose work complements and advances the research focus of IKSU academics. Global research networks complement UCLan-based expertise through active research cooperation with universities and think-tanks worldwide, including the North Korea Documentation project at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC and the Korea Development Institute (KDI) in Seoul. Our research has impact in its provision of inputs into UK House of Commons Select Committee, United States Congress and Japanese government reports on Korea as well as United Nations and NGO research and policy.