Meet the Team


Niki Alsford
Taiwan & Korea/Anthropology History Policy

Dr Niki Alsford is Reader in Asia Pacific Studies and specialises in anthropological studies of the Asia Pacific region. He is the Strategy and Development Lead for Asia Pacific Studies and is Head of Asia Pacific Institutes in the School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies.

Dr Ti-Han Chang
Taiwan / Environment Policy

Dr. Ti-han Chang is a lecturer of Asia Pacific studies at University of Central Lancashire. Her research interests cover a wide-range of topics, including postcolonial environmental literature, ecocriticism, environmental and animal ethics, socio-political movements, political identity, political censorship, migrant and aboriginal studies.

Dr Ed Griffith
Japan & China/International Relations Policy

Ed Griffith’s research interests are mainly focussed on the international relations of East Asia, in particular the Sino-Japanese relationship and China’s approach to its own changing role in the region. He is interested in exploring how established IR theories can be adapted to deepen our understanding of China’s behaviour in developing its relationships with neighbouring countries.

Dr Jeong-Im Hyun
Korea / Social Policy

Dr Jeong-Im Hyun is Lecturer in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Prior to joining UCLan, Dr Hyun taught in three different countries:  Sogang University in Korea, Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania and University of Turku in Finland.

Dr Sojin Lim
Chair / Korea / Development Policy

Dr Sojin Lim is Senior Lecturer and MA North Korean Studies Course Leader at the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). She also works as Deputy Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU), and Chair of the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP).

Dr Lara Momesso
Taiwan & China / Migration Policy

Dr Lara Momesso is a Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies at the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies at UCLan. Her research interests include contemporary migrations across the Asia Pacific region with a particular focus on marriage migration between China and Taiwan, family formation in contemporary Chinese societies, gender in the Asia Pacific region.

Dr Adina Zemanek
Taiwan & China / Culture related Policy

Dr Adina Zemanek joined UCLan as Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies in October 2018. She holds a PhD degree in cultural anthropology. Her current research focuses on nation branding and definitions of Taiwan in contemporary popular culture (graphic narratives, tourist souvenirs).

Mason Hargreaves
Intern at the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP)

Mason is a current undergraduate student, studying BA (Hons) Business Management and Chinese. He will be working for NEPCAP under the guidance of the Undergraduate Research Internship Programme. During this internship, Mason will be aiding with a wide range of topic areas at NEPCAP and hopes to learn and develop his research potential, and to assist the centre in all its current and future endeavours.

Dr Sang Hee Jung

Dr Sang Hee Jung
Affiliated Research Fellow

Dr Jung is Assistant Professor at Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies, Keimyung University in South Korea. She obtained her PhD and MA degree at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City, Mexico. Currently, she is a Director of the board at the Korean Political Science Association, and a committee member at the Global City Section Daegu Metropolitan City, South Korea. Dr Jung has conducted several research papers with Dr Sojin Lim at the IKSU, UCLan.