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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[at]univie.ac.at

Office hours: Tuesday, 2pm - 4pm. During lecture free time upon appointment by eMail only.



Wolfgang Riedl is University Assistant at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society. He studied law, international tax law, Chinese studies and modern history in Vienna, Hong Kong and Peking. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Tax Law from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (with honors) in Chinese Studies from the University of Vienna. After being a lecturer for Chinese law and legal history at the Chair for Chinese studies at the University of Vienna and at the ECLC Center at Peking University, Wolfgang is currently writing his master thesis in the field of Chinese law.

He spent one year studying Chinese business law at the Graduate center of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a semester at the Language and Culture University in Beijing. During this time, he was a lecturer and managing director at the ECLC Center at Peking University. In addition, his work experience in China also included internships at OSRAM in Guangdong and the Austrian Embassy in Peking, as well as several years working as an associate in several law and tax advisory firms in Vienna.

Wolfgang’s research interests include the legal systems of East Asia, especially the law and politics of the People’s Republic of China, as well as international taxation. His private interests include travel – he frequently taxes tourists to destinations such as North Korea or Iran – as well as reading and his long-term fascination, flying small planes.

Email: wolfgang.riedl[at]univie.ac.at 

Office hours: Wednesday, 3pm-5pm. By appointment per email only.



Kate Walker is External Lecturer at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society. She previously worked as Education Adviser for the British Council and convened courses for the organisation's staff around the world. She has also worked for the University of Edinburgh, University of Strathclyde and Southampton Solent University where she sought to widen access to higher education among under-represented groups.

Kate is currently completing her PhD in Music and holds an MA in World Music Studies and an MA (Hons) in American Studies. Her research and publications focus on the practice of kumi-daiko (ensemble taiko drumming) in the United Kingdom. Kate pays particular attention to the ways in which players in Europe form communities of practice, the use of kumi-daiko as an instrument of soft power by nation states, and gendered practices. 

Email: kate.walker[at]univie.ac.at

Office hours: Friday, 4pm-5pm. During lecture free time upon appointment by eMail only.



Alejandra Cervantes Nieto is a student assistant at the Department at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society and Student Representative for EcoS. She holds a B.A in International Relations from Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia, and is currently writting her EcoS M.A. thesis. Alejandra 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). Her interests include transnational security threats in East Asia and international cooperation. 

Tel: +43-1-4277-43872

Email: alejandra.cervantes.nieto[at]univie.ac.at 

Office hours: Tuesday, 2pm - 3pm. During lecture free time upon appointment by eMail only.


Martin Mandl (Currently on leave) is University Assistant at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society. He holds a Master of Arts (MA) in East Asian Economy and Society from the University of Vienna as well as a BA degree in International Business and Management from FH KufsteinTirol. Further, he is a doctoral researcher at the Chair of EcoS and a BA student in Chinese Studies at the University of Vienna. 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, Martin held several Sales and Event Management positions for the Marriott & Renaissance Hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). During his 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.

Tel: +43-1-4277-43873
Email: martin.mandl[at]univie.ac.at

Office hours: No office hours in summer semester 2018




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Department of East Asian Studies
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