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I'm a SEED-funded PhD researcher in Human Geography. 

Thesis title: "Environmental injustice and the US military in South Korea: geopolitics, post-politics and the new geography of peace" 

My research project is supervised by Dr Jamie Doucette, Prof Erik Swyngedouw and Dr Bridget Martin (Anthropology, University of Mississippi).


I'm a human geographer who is critically engaging in political geography, geopolitics, and environmental politics in East Asia, particularly South Korea. All my works are pursuing critical Korean studies, questioning the discourses and practices of security, peace, development, environment and democracy unfolded in Korean society, at the intersection of political geography, urban political ecology and political philosophy. By doing so, I seek to contribute to developing an alternative understanding of those concepts in the wider context. In my current research project, my interests are as follows: environmental management and governance surrounding the US military bases / the geopolitics-political space relations / the mundane landscapes of colonial and Cold War geopolitics / the geopolitical tradition of Korea.

Before joining the Human Geography program at the University of Manchester, I received a BS in geography, a BA in history, a MS in geography from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, and a MS in geography from the University of Idaho, the US. 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

American Association of Geographers

Korean Geographical Society

Economic Geographical Society of Korea

Association of Pacific Coast Geographers



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Geography and geological sciences, University of Idaho Moscow


Master of Science, Geography, Kyung Hee University


Bachelor of Science, Geography (With a BA in History), Kyung Hee University


External positions

Visiting scholar, Seoul National University

2 Jan 202431 Aug 2024

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Urban political ecology
  • Political geography
  • Geopolitics
  • Democracy
  • Military landscape
  • Environmental justice
  • (Post-)developmentalism
  • Imperialism
  • Postcolonialism
  • Political philosophy
  • Critical Korean Studies
  • East Asia

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Sustainable Futures


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