International Institute of Korean Studies


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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.

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IKSU research continued to have national and international impact as it has provided inputs for governmental, international organization and non-governmental organization policy analysis and decision-making. IKSU research has been used by the UK House of Commons Select Committees and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Korea and the All-Party Group on Religious Freedom.

IKSU staff work closely with governmental agencies and leading think-tanks in the UK, the United States and South Korea, among others, as well as with international organizations, including the United Nations and the European Union. IKSU research has a broad impact in that IKSU members are regularly consulted and interviewed by the national and international media.