Rudiger Frank is Professor of East Asian Economy and Society and Head of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Korea University and the University of North Korean Studies (Kyungnam University) in Seoul. He holds an M.A. in Korean Studies, Economics and International Relations and a Ph.D. in Economics. In 1991/1992, he spent one semester as a language student at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang and has been researching North Korea ever since. Visiting positions included Columbia University New York and Korea University Seoul. In addition to memberships and associations with a number of Korea and East Asia related societies, he is Vice President of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE) and acting President of the U.S. and Hong Kong-based Asian Politics and History Association (APHA). He is also an Executive Board Member of the European research network "EastAsiaNet". Prof. Frank is, among others, Deputy Chief Editor of the A-ranked European Journal of East Asian Studies, Member of the Editorial Board for the book series “Brill’s Korean Studies Library”, an Associate at “The Asia Pacific Journal”, Member of the Editorial Board of “Korea Review of International Studies”, Co-Founder and Member of the Editorial Board, “Vienna Graduate Journal of East Asian Studies” and “Vienna Studies on East Asia”. He is also founding editor of a new book series at Brill titled "Security and International Relations in East Asia". His major research fields are socialist transformation in East Asia and Europe (with a focus on North Korea), state-business relations in East Asia, and regional integration in East Asia. His most recent books are: (with S. Burghart, eds., 2010): Driving Forces of Socialist Transformation: North Korea and the Experience of Europe and East Asia, Vienna: Praesens, (ed., 2011): Exploring North Korean Arts, Nuremberg: Verlag fuer Moderne Kunst, (with Heung Chong Kim and Sung-Hoon Park, eds., 2012): Korea and East Asia in a Changing Regional and Global Environment, Seoul: KIEP and (with John Swenson-Wright, eds., 2013): Korea and East Asia: The Stony Road to Collective Security, Leiden and Boston: Brill. Professor Frank is regularly consulted by governments, media and businesses on North Korea and East Asia. This included consultancy work and a background policy paper for the visit by President Martti Ahtisaari, Prime Minister Gro Brundtland, President Jimmy Carter and President Mary Robinson to the Korean Peninsula and China. In June 2011, he joined the World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Korea. In September 2013, the leading German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung included Prof. Frank in its list of the 50 most influential German economists.
Office hour: Tuesdays, 15:00-16:00
Alfred Gerstl is University Assistant (post-doc) at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society. He has previously lectured at this Department and, since 2010, at the Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna. From 2007 until the end of 2009 he has been Lecturer for International Security Studies in Sydney (Macquarie University). From 2001 until 2007 he convened courses in the areas International Relations and Political Theory at the Department of Political Science (University of Vienna) and at Universit of Passau's Southeast Asian Studies in 2006/07. Alfred Gerstl is former editor-in-chief of the Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies (ASEAS) and a former researcher at Vienna's Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS). His research and publications focus on regional cooperation, crises and conflicts in Southeast Asia, the centrality of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the changing notion of security, in particular human security, and collaboration between Southeast and Northeast Asia. Other research interests are the political and economic systems in Southeast Asia. Alfred Gerstl holds a PhD and a Masters in Political Science and a Masters in International Relations (MIR). He has lieved and worked academically for four years in Sydney and has travelled extensively in East Asia.
Office hour: Tuesdays, 14:00-15:00
Josef Falko Loher is Research Assistant and PhD candidate at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society. He is currently writing his PhD thesis on Multi-Level Climate Change Governance in East Asia. His research interests include environmental politics and political systems in East Asia as well as Austrian companies' investment in environmental technologies in both North and Southeast Asia. Josef Falko Loher received a M.A. degree in East Asian Economy and Society and a B.A. degree in Sinology, both from the University of Vienna. He studied Chinese intensively at Leiden University, the Netherlands, and Fudan University, PR China. He spent over two years living and working in China.
Office hour: Fridays, 14:00-15:00
Stephan Si-Hwan Park is Research Assistant and PhD candidate at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society at the University of Vienna. His research focuses on evaluating marketing practices that are targeted specifically to Asian communities in major European cities. Stephan Si-Hwan Park received an M.A. in East Asian Economy and Society from the University of Vienna and an M.A. in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences in Kufstein, Austria. From 2006 to 2007 he worked as an Event Manager in New York and Munich. As a side project he also runs the UNCON SCHOOL - an educational online video platform for academics in which professors and experts teach skills online.
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Sabine Burghart, a political scientist, is PhD candidate and lecturer at the Department of East Asian Studies where she provides courses on political systems in East Asia. Between 2008 and 2012, she worked as a full-time research assistant to the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society. Ms. Burghart spent more than five years of her professional career in Korea; as a project coordinator for the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Seoul she was in charge of the foundation’s capacity building projects in the DPR Korea. Since 2013, she participates in the Engage Korea project, a student-run organization that facilitates academic exchanges on North Korea worldwide (Harvard, 2014 and Oxford, 2013). Ms. Burghart has contributed articles to the yearbook Korea: Politics, Economy and Society edited by Rudiger Frank, James E. Hoare, Patrick Köllner and Susan Pares (Leiden: Brill) and is co-editor of Driving Forces of Socialist Transformation. North Korea and the Experience of Europe and East Asia (2009, Vienna: Praesens).
Lukas Pokorny has been Research Assistant at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society (October 2007 to December 2010) and Vice Director of the Studies Program of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna (October 2008 to September 2010). He holds an M.A. degree in Religious Studies, History, Philosophy, and Korean Studies and a PhD in Philosophy. His research focused on religious traditions in East Asia with an emphasis on the role of Neo-Confucianism and New Religious Movements. He conducted extensive field research in China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam. Study and research stays (until 2010) at Yonsei University, Tokai University, Kyoto University, Peking University and Beijing Language and Culture Universty. Mr Pokorny has taught at several universities including Charles University in Prague, Masaryk University in Brno, Comenius University in Bratislava, and Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (until 2010). Since 2011 Lukas Pokorny is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy of the University of Aberdeen.