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EcoS Staff

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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 Hour: Tuesday, 14:00-16:00



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 University 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 lived and worked academically for four years in Sydney and has travelled extensively in East Asia.

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

Office Hour: Monday, 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.

Tel: +43-1-4277-43873
Email: josef.falko.loher@univie.ac.at

Office Hour: Monday, 13:00-14:00


Part-time Staff & Lecturers

Anna Holzmann is Student Assistant at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS) at the University of Vienna. She is an EcoS MA Student, and currently also employed as e-Assistant for Marketing at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien). Anna holds a BSc in International Business Administration from WU Wien, and a BA in Sinology from the University of Vienna. In the course of her studies, she spent 1 1/2 years abroad in Australia and China, and gained some work experience in the area of Human Resource Management and Marketing.

Anna's research interests include environmental issues in China, with a special focus on recycling activities and the handling of natural resources, as well as International Relations theories, dynamics of regionalism and resource security concerns in East Asia and the greater Asia-Pacific Region. She is an active member of CHESS, an international research network on China and the Environment in the Social Sciences (http://chess.univie.ac.at/).

Email: anna.karin.holzmann@univie.ac.at

Office Hours: Monday, 15:00-16:00, and Thursday, 10:00-11:00



Jung-Ho Kim is Professor of Strategic Management and International Business at the Graduate School of International Studies at Korea University, South Korea. He holds a MA and PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University, USA, and has previously worked at prestigious institutions such as Wesleyan University, USA (Visiting Scholar, 2009-2009), Harvard University, USA (Visiting Scholar, 2001-2002), and Korea University (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor of Strategic Management, 1995-2002). Professor Kim has repeatedly won the SukTop Award for Teaching Excellence from Korea University (2011-2013), and has gained extensive teaching experience in subjects such as Strategic Management, International Business, MNE Management, Industrial Organisation of Korea, Trade and Investment of Korea, and Trust and Security in E-Commerce.

His major fields of research include Strategic Management, Industrial Organisation, and International Business, with a special emphasis on Regional Clusters and Creative Industries.

In the winter Semester 2015/16, Professor Kim is Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna through the Non-EU Teaching Mobility Programme, teaching the course "International Business in East Asia" at the Chair of EcoS.

Email: jung-ho.kim@univie.ac.at 

Office Hour: upon prior arrangement via email


Sang-Yeon Sung is an ethnomusicologist, currently researching and teaching at the University of Vienna with a special focus on social science-related studies of the East Asian region. She received her PhD in ethnomusicology at Indiana University, USA, with a dissertation titled "Globalization and the Regional Flow of Popular Music: The Role of the Korean Wave (Hanliu) in the Construction of Taiwanese Identities and Asian Values." She has carried out research on the popular music and culture of Korea and Taiwan, Hallyu (Korean Wave) reception and consumption in Taiwan and Austria, and the cultural policy of South Korea.

Her current research focuses on K-pop reception and participatory fan culture in Europe, mainly in Austria. She received collaborative research funding titled "K-Pop on the Global Platform: European Audience Reception and Contexts" from the Korea Organization of International Culture Exchange (KOFICE), which provided an opportunity to do comparative research in the UK, Germany, and Austria to document the increase of K-pop fandom and its participatory fan culture in Europe. Aside from the upcoming book Asian Pop Music in Cosmopolitan Europe: K-Pop Fandom in the Age of Globalization (co-authorship with Haekyung Um and Michael Fuhr), her recently published articles include "Face of the Nation: Articulating a New Image of Korea and Taiwan through Regionally Popular Celebrities" and "Asia and Beyond: The Circulation and Reception of Korean Popular Music outside of Korea." Dr Sung has gained extensive teaching experience at the University of Vienna, Austria, and Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea.

In winter Semester 2015/16, Dr Sung is external lecturer at the Chair of EcoS, teaching the course "Mapping K-Pop Around Eurasia: Transnational Cultural Flow, Promotion, and Reception".

Email: sang-yeon.sung@univie.ac.at 

Office Hour: upon prior arrangement via email



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