Skip to main content

Dr Sojin Lim

Senior Lecturer, MA North Korean Studies and MA Asia Pacific Studies Courses Leader, Co-Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies

Dr Lim mainly teaches subjects related to sustainable development, political economy and globalisations, and fragile states and accountability at MA level. Based on her expertise in both Koreas, Sojin has been invited to various media interviews domestically and internationally. She welcomes PhD proposals on sustainable development, inter-Korea development, development assistance to North Korea, global norms and accountability, South-South and Triangular Cooperation, or comparative studies of fragile state development.

Dr Lim is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) and Courses Leader in both MA North Korean Studies and MA Asia Pacific Studies. She works as Co-Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU). Not mentioning her long list of publications, she has also published her articles at Conversation, including ‘North Korea: what latest defection tells us about hopes for peace on peninsula’ and ‘North Korea-US summit: what its failure means for the peninsula’s future’ in 2019. She is currently conducting an impact case study for REF on North Korea.

Prior to joining UCLan, Dr Lim worked for aid agencies, including Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Export-Import Bank of Korea, as senior research fellow with hands-on field experiences. She also worked as external lecturer at the Graduate School of International and Area Studies of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies as well as the Graduate School of Public Policy of Sejong University. She also conducted various projects with international organisations, such as UN, ILO, OECD, WB and ADB. At UCLan, she successfully launched the very first Korea Corner in the UK and placed the Test of Proficienty in Korean (TOPIK) Centre at UCLan. 

  • PhD. Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, 2011
  • MA. International Studies (Development Cooperation), Ewha Womans University, 2005
  • BA. Double major in Elementary Education and Business Administration, Ewha Womans University, 2003
  • Development assistance to North Korea
  • Accountable Institution in North Korea,
  • Non-Traditional Security in North Korea
  • Inter-Korea Development Cooperation
  • Sustainable Development in the Korea Peninsula
  • Climate Change and the Pacific Islands
  • Co-Editor, Routledge Research on Korea series
  • External Examiner, MSc Korean Studies, Edinburgh University
  • External Examiner, BA Korean Studies, York St John University
  • External Examiner, MA Korean Studies, SOAS, University of London
  • Council Member, British Association for Korean Studies (BAKS)
  • Board Member, Korean Language and Culture Education Society (KLACES)
  • Editorial Board, Asian Studies
  • Reviewer, MacMillan Palgraves
  • Reviewer, World Development
  • Reviewer, Education Research Journal
  • Reviewer, Korean Journal of International Studies
  • Reviewer, Journal of International and Area Studies
  • Reviewer, Asian International Studies Review
  • Reviewer, East Asia Journal