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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.

Overview and access to papers of Rudiger Frank

Tel: +43-1-4277-43871
Email: ruediger.frank@univie.ac.at

Office hours: Tuesday, 14:00-16:00. From 1 July - 30 September upon appointment only.



Dr. Alfred Gerstl, Postdoc Researcher

Alfred Gerstl is a post-doc researcher 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 University of Passau's Southeast Asian Studies in 2006/07. Alfred 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). Alfred holds a PhD and a Masters in Political Science and a Masters in International Relations (MIR). He has lived and worked academically for four years in Sydney and has travelled extensively in East Asia. 

Alfred's research and publications focus on regional cooperation, crises and conflicts in Southeast Asia - notably the South China Sea dispute -, 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. 

Tel: +43-1-4277-43874 Email: alfred.gerstl[at]univie.ac.at

Consultation hours: Mo, 14:00-15:00. From 1 July - 30 September upon appointment only.

Part-time Staff & Lecturers

Alejandra Cervantes Nieto is a research assistant and M.A student at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society. She holds a B.A in International Relations from Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia, and has a five years’ experience working in the public sector as a trade specialist, as well as advising companies with export potential.

Her background includes working together with the Chamber of Commerce of Barranquilla, the coordination of international trade fairs, and assistance to academic workshops led by institutions such as the Interamerican Bank of Development (BID) and the Organization of American States (OAS)

Email: alejandra.cervantes.nieto@univie.ac.at

Office hours: Upon request



Daniel Yasin is student assistant and M.A. student at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society and B.A. student in Chinese Studies at the University of Vienna, where he holds a B.A. in Japanese Studies. He studied Japanese language and society at the Tokyo Metropolitan University in Tokyo, Japan for a year, where he also acted as a lecture assistant.

His academic interests include Migration Patterns and Migrant Workers in North and South East Asia as well as current animosities between China, Japan and the Koreas based on history and current regional politics.

Email: daniel.yasin@univie.ac.at

Office hours: Monday 14:00-15:00; Thursday 10:00-11:00




„Chair of East Asian Economy and Society
Department of East Asian Studies
University of Vienna
AAKH-Campus, Hof 2, Entrance 2.3
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1090 Vienna
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