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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

Professor Rudiger Frank is on sabbatical from 01 March to 30 September 2015!
During his absence please direct your enquiries:


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

No office hour on Mondays 22 & 29 June 2015 - moved to Thursdays 25 June & 02 July 2015 respectively.

No office hour or consultation without prior appointment during July, August & September!

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, 15:00-16:00
No office hour in July & August due to field research,
Upon prior appointment in September!

Part-time Staff & Lecturers

Martin Mandl is Student Assistant at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society. He is M.A. student of East Asian Economy and Society as well as B.A. student in Chinese Studies at the University of Vienna, and holds a B.A. degree in International Business and Management from FH KufsteinTirol. He spent one year at the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian, P.R. China studying Chinese Business Administration and Culture. Between 2008 and 2012 he held several Sales and Event Management positions for the Marriott & Renaissance Hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). During his current studies he also interned with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization's Asia and Pacific Programme.

Martin's academic interests include food and culinary culture in East Asia, the role of food in the building of national and regional identity, and as means of cultural diplomacy, food safety and security, as well as post-growth economical and re-naturalization trends in East Asian societies.

Email: martin.mandl@univie.ac.at
Office Hours: Monday, 16:00-17:00 & Wednesday, 10:00-11:00
Last office hour: Monday, 29 June 2015!

Fiona Seiger recently completed her PhD on Japanese-Filipino Children in the Philippines and their claims for paternal acknowledgment and Japanese nationality at the department of Sociology of the National University of Singapore. Her research interests lie in the area of migration studies, with particular focus on notions of belonging and identity politics. Fiona has worked in the Philippines and has spent extensive periods of study and research in both Singapore and Japan.

In the summer semester 2015, she is teaching the course “Migration in Asia” at the Chair of EcoS. In September 2015, Fiona will commence her Post-Doc at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University, Japan.

Email: fiona-katharina.seiger@univie.ac.at


„Chair of East Asian Economy and Society
Department of East Asian Studies
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