Our Research

The majority of research projects at KRI@UNSW are conducted through its collaborative research networks with research partners around Australasia, Korea and Southeast Asia and also through other regional hubs scattered around the globe. Distinctively, there are two major collaborative research networks in operations. The first is the Universities Network (aka. Ten Strategic Partner Universities) and the second is Universities-Government Institutions network (aka. CPPR Forum). 

Research Areas

KRI@UNSW specialises and carries out research projects in politics, public policies, state capacities, development studies, public administration and reform policies of global political systems. Although it contributes to the field of political studies in a global scale, more emphasises are placed on Southeast Asia, Korea and Australasia. KRI@UNSW conducts comparative studies of countries of its focus and contributes its research outputs to policy makers of corresponding governments.

Research Projects

  • State Capacity and Policy Implementation for National Development: A Comparative Study of Korea and 8 Southeast Asian Countries (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar) (2015-19, The Academy of Korean Studies LAB Project, Korea)
  • Promotion of Social Sciences within Korean Studies: the Korea-ASEAN Comparative Policy Research Community with 8 Leading National Universities in ASEAN as National Hubs :State Capacity for Public Sector Reform for National Growth (2015, Korea Foundation, Korea)
  • Promotion of Social Sciences within Korean Studies: the Korea-ASEAN Comparative Policy Research Community with 8 Leading National Universities in ASEAN as National Hubs :A New Dimension of Reform in Asia: Commonality, Diversity & Policy Implications (2014, Korea Foundation, Korea)

KRI@UNSW is one of leading institutions in the region for research fields of economics, development studies, public entrepreneurships, institutional developments, state-owned-enterprises (SOEs), economic policy reforms and international business studies. Together with its geographical specialisations and inter-disciplinary approaches, KRI@UNSW conducts large scale collaborative and comparative research projects.

Research Projects

  • Making Reform Happen (MRH) in Southeast Asia: Comparative Analysis between Korea and Southeast Asia & Policy Workshop (2013-15, Korea Development Institute, Korea)
  • Knowledge Sharing and Development in SE Asia & Korea (2012, Korea Development Institute, Korea)
  • The Korean Model of Growth and Development and Implications for Southeast Asia (2011-15, The Academy of Korean Studies, LAB Project, Korea)
  • An Analysis of the Need and Feasibility to Development a Worldwide Total Supply Chain Security (TSCS): Focusing on Port Security Systems (2007, Research Institute for International Affairs, Korea)
  • KAREC International Collaborative Research Projects and KAREC Infrastructure Research Projects (2006-10, The Academy of Korean Studies, Korean Studies Institution Grant, Korea)

With a surge of Korean Wave breaking the paradigm of Hollywood dominated popular culture in the globe, new forms of cultural integrations, cultural diplomacies and regionalisation of cultural industries spawn out. Although countries in Southeast Asia, East Asia and Australasia differ significantly in cultural diversities and consequentially cultural identities are apparent, there are also commonalities. As culture is a forefront medium of intangible institutions, how culture shapes societal structures of different countries require much attention. KRI@UNSW recognised this phenomenon and led development of research areas in this new age field since its inception and now produces significant research outputs.

Research Projects

  • Cultural Industry and its Development in Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam: A Comparative Perspective (2015, Korea Development Institute, Korea)
  • Analysis of the Korean Culture, Industry and Foreign Direct Investment in Southeast Asia (2005-07, The Academy of Korean Studies, Korea)

KRI@UNSW plays pivotal roles in development of Korean Language Education not only in its home institution UNSW Australia but throughout its regional partners in Southeast Asia. KRI@UNSW conducts research of pedagogical development in Korean Language Education and Korean Studies Programs. KRI@UNSW does not confine its key strengths in tertiary levels but also reached out to Primary and Secondary Schools as they form foundation for tertiary level programs. KRI@UNSW helped partner universities in Southeast Asia to initiate and develop Korean Studies and Korean Language Programs with a help and support from Korean Government.

Research Projects

  • Korea-Australia Collaboration in Higher Education Project: Strategic Implications and Guidelines on Enhancing Opportunities and Strengths in Future Australia-Korea Joint Education and Research Collaborations (2015, Dept of Industry Innovation Science Research & Tertiary Education, Australia)
  • Korean at Secondary Schools - A First Step Towards a Better Environment for Australia's Korean Language (2014-15, Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia: Australia Korea Foundation, Australia)
  • Toward the Establishment of Centre of Excellence for Korean Language and Studies Education and Research (2009-11,National Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP), Dept. of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Australia
  • An analysis of errors related to Korea in the Australian Primary and secondary text book and policy implications for the correction process (2007-08, The Academy of Korean Studies, Korea)
  • KF-UNSW Korea Week: Korean Film Nights, Korean Studies Colloquium, and Korean as a Foreign Language Pedagogy Workshop (2006, Korea Foundation, Korea)