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Prof. Hazel Smith

Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies UCLan (IKSU)

School of Languages and Global Studies

+44 (0) 1772 89 6426

hasmith2@uclan.ac.uk

Professor Smith’s publications include Reframing North Korean Human Rights (with Christine Hong), Critical Asian Studies, December 2013/ March 2014, North Korea: Marketisation and Military Rule (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), Reconstituting Korean Security (2007); Hungry for Peace: International Security, Humanitarian Assistance and Social Change in the DPRK (2005) and North Korea in the New World Order (1996). Professor Smith regularly broadcasts for the global media on North Korea, where she lived and worked for two years.

Professor Smith is the Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies UCLAN (IKSU).

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Qualifications:

PhD, London School of Economics, 2003

Postgraduate Certificate in International Relations, (with Distinction) London School of Economics, 1987

BA in Comparative Literature, University of Essex, 1976

Professor Smith is Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies UCLan (IKSU). Professor Smith welcomes proposals for doctoral research on East Asian security, the contemporary politics of the Korean peninsula and the domestic and international politics of North Korea.

Prior to joining UCLan Professor Smith was Professor of International Security at Cranfield University and Professor of International Relations at the University of Warwick. Professor Smith has been awarded a number of prestigious international fellowships including visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, 2012/2013; the POSCO fellowship at the East-West Center, Honolulu, 2008; Jennings Randolph Visiting Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington DC, 2001/2002; Fulbright scholar and visiting fellow at Stanford University, 1994/95. Professor Smith was seconded to the United Nations University in Tokyo from April 2002 to August 2004 and worked for the United Nations World Food Programme and UNICEF in North Korea between 1998 and 2001. Professor Smith is one of the few non-North Koreans to hold a full North Korean driving licence.

In 2002 Professor Smith was honoured by the invitation to be one of a five member Honorary Committee to commemorate the 20 years anniversary of the US NGO AmeriCares, whose patron is President George H. W. Bush, along with the penultimate President of the United States George W. Bush, the US Ambassador to the United Nations John Negroponte, the Governor of New York George Pataki and the Governor of Connecticut.

Professor Smith is regularly consulted by government agencies, including those in the UK and the US, as well as international organisations, and asked by the global media to commentate on Korea. Professor Smith has given invited lectures around the world in the United States, Asia and Europe at research institutes and universities including Harvard, Syracuse, George Washington, Oxford, Cambridge, Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Renmin University, Keio University and Waseda University.

Professor Smith is an appointed member of the United Nations Panel of Global Experts; a research associate of the National Bureau of Asian Research; and a member of the advisory board of the United States-based Korea Policy Institute. Professor Smith is Emeritus Professor at Cranfield University and Professorial Associate at the Korean Studies Centre, School of Oriental and Asian studies (SOAS), UK.

Publications

North Korea: Markets and Military Rule (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Reframing North Korean Human Rights (with Christine Hong), Critical Asian Studies, December 2013/ March 2014

Reconstituting Korean Security (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2007)

Hungry for Peace: International Security, Humanitarian Assistance and Social Change in the DPRK (Washington DC: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2005)

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Research

Politics, economics, society and international relations of North Korea.

Projects

Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies UCLan (IKSU).

Teaching Activities

Module leader, Cultural Transformations and Cross-cultural Encounters in the Asia Pacific.

Memberships

Royal Society of Arts

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

American Association of Asian Studies

Political Studies Association

Korea Policy Institute

East-West Center Alumni

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Global Expert Panel Asia and Latin America

United Nations panel of Global Experts