Dr. Sojin Lim

Senior Lecturer, MA North Korean Studies Course Leader and Deputy Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies

School of Language and Global Studies

Adelphi Building, AB143

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Subject Areas: Global Studies

Full Profile

Dr Sojin Lim is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in both MA North Korean Studies and MA Asia Pacific Studies within the School of Languages and Global Studies, at 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 Lim welcomes proposals for doctoral research on inter-Korea development policy, development assistance to North Korea, effective and accountable institution development, global norms and accountability, South-South Cooperation and Triangular Cooperation, or a comparative studies of fragile state development.

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.

Dr Lim has conducted various projects with international organisations, such as UN, ILO, OECD, WB and ADB. She obtained a BA in Elementary Education (double majored in Business Administration) and a MA in International Studies (development cooperation) from Ewha Womans University, and a PhD in Development Policy and Management from the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) at the University of Manchester.

Dr Lim’s research interests lie at development studies, area studies, public policy, and political economy: development experience of South Korea; development assistance to North Korea; transformation of state system; institutional development and public policy in developing countries; global norms and compliance.


  • 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

Dr Lim had an article published on The Conversation in January 2019 about the latest defection from North Korea and what this may mean for hopes for peace on the peninsula, entitled ‘North Korea: what latest defection tells us about hopes for peace on peninsula’

At the end of February 2019 Dr Lim had another article published on The Conversation about the breakdown in talks between North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and US president, Donald Trump at the Hanoi Summit, entitled ‘North Korea-US summit: what its failure means for the peninsula’s future’


Lim, S. (2019). Determinants of Aid Modalities: A Case of South Korea on Triangular Cooperation and its Implication towards North Korea. North Korean Review, 15(1): 73-93.

Jung, S. and S. Lim (2018). Twinning Method in Development Cooperation: A Case Study of EU-Peru and its implications for Korean Local Governments. The Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 36 (4). pp. 145-169.

Lim, S. and S. Jung (2017) Development Cooperation Decentralization by Local Government: A Comparative Study of Aid Policy in the United Kingdom and Germany. The Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 35 (4). pp. 35-64.

Kim, T and S. Lim (2017). Forging 'Soft' Accountability in Unlikely Settings: A Conceptual Analysis of Mutual Accountability in the Context of South-South Cooperation. Global Governance, 23(2): 183-203.

Lim, S. (2017). A Pattern of the Nexus between Aid Motivations and National Interests by Aid Type: A Comparative Study of South Korea, Japan, Germany and France. National Strategy, 23(1): 87-105.

Lim, S. (2014). Compliance with International Norms: Implementing OECD DAC Principles in South Korea. Globalizations, 11(6): 859-874.

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Teaching Activities

  • North Korea: History, Politics and International Relations
  • North Korea: Economics and Society
  • Development in Fragile states and Accountable Institution
  • Globalisation and Economic Development in the Asia Pacific

Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies

  • Council Member & Bursary Committee Member, British Association of Korean Studies
  • Board Member, Korea Association of International Development and Cooperation
  • Member, British Association of Korean Studies
  • Member, Korean Association of Area Studies
  • Member, Korean Association of International Studies
  • Member, Korea Association of Development Policy
  • Member, Korean Society of Contemporary European Studies

External Affiliations and Roles

  • ODA Advisor, Daegu Metropolitan City Council
  • Editorial Board, Asian Studies
  • Reviewer, World Development
  • Reviewer, Journal of East Asian Studies
  • 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
  • Reviewer, Social Science Research
  • Reviewer, Journal of Social Sciences