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Former EcoS Staff & Lecturers

Alfred Gerstl was a lecturer at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society. He  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. Since 2017, he also lectures at the Department of Asian Studies at Palacky University in Olomouc (Czech Republic). 

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. 

Email: alfred.gerstl[at]univie.ac.at

Daniel Yasin was 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

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 was 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 


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 was 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


Josef Falko Loher was 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.

Email: josef.falko.loher@univie.ac.at


Anna Holzmann was 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

Dr. Sabine Burghart, lecturer and researcher, holds a doctoral degree in East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS) from the University of Vienna and a M.A. in political science from the University of Leiden. Prior to joining the Department of East Asian Studies, she spent more than five years of her professional career in Korea; as a project coordinator for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Seoul she managed various capacity building projects in the DPR Korea. She has been awarded a number of international fellowships and scholarships and also participates in the Engage Korea project, an educational initiative that facilitates academic and non-academic exchanges on North Korea (Cambridge 2015, Harvard 2014 and Oxford 2013). Her main research areas are institutions and development (focus on North Korea) and East Asian donors and Official Development Assistance. She has regularly contributed articles to the yearbook Korea: Politics, Economy and Society edited by R. Frank, J.E. Hoare, P. Köllner and S. 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).

Email: sabine.burghart@univie.ac.at  

Teresa M. Deubelli was student representative and former student assistant at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society. She is M.A. student of East Asian Economy and Society, as well as M.A. student of Political Science at the University of Vienna. She holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Vienna, a Certificate in Social Sciences and Humanities of Sciences Po. Paris, France and has spent one summer term at Renmin University of China, PRC. Currently, she spends a year at Seoul National University, RoK and interns with the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre. Her academic interests include the security architecture of East Asia, in particular the prospects of regionalism and multilateral cooperation in North East Asia, as well as topics of migration, human security and development in greater East Asia.

Email: tmdeubelli@gmail.com

Philipp Olbrich was chairman of the student representatives and former Student Assistant at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society. In addition to his bachelor studies in Social Sciences (B.Sc.) at the University of Cologne, he spent one semester at Ewha University in Seoul, South Korea. His academic interest includes theories of international relations, hierarchy in international politics as well as security affairs in East Asia. Among others he worked for the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs.

Email: philipp.olbrich@oeh.univie.ac.at

Stephan Si-Hwan Park was 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.

Email: stephan.si-hwan.park@univie.ac.at
Website: sihwanpark.tumblr.com

Lukas K. Pokorny  is Professor and Chair in Religious Studies at the University of Vienna. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy (2004) and History (2009) (magister philosophiae) Korean Studies (2006) and Religious Studies (2008) (magister), Advanced Theological Studies (2014) (master of arts), and a Ph.D. (doctor philosophiae) in Philosophy (2008). He was previously Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies (2013–2016) and Bruce Lecturer in East Asian Religions (2011–2013) at the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, U.K. From 2013 to 2015 a research grant led him to Stockholm University’s Department of Oriental Languages as a Visiting Researcher in East Asian Religions. In addition, in summer/autumn 2014 he was Visiting Professor in Religious Studies at the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts at Chaminade University of Honolulu. From 2006 to 2010, he was a doctoral and postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Vienna’s Department of East Asian Studies. He conducted extensive field research in China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam as well as study and research stays at Yonsei University, Tokai University, Kyoto University, Peking University, and Beijing Language and Culture University. He taught at several universities, including the University of Aberdeen, Georg-August University in Göttingen, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Stockholm University, Charles University in Prague, Masaryk University in Brno, Palacký University in Olomouc, Comenius University in Bratislava, and Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. His present research focuses on Asian diasporic and new religion in Central Europe and Austria; ethnocentrism and millenarian beliefs in new religious movements (East Asia and beyond); and aging, death, and spirituality in Confucianism.

Email: l.pokorny@abdn.ac.uk

Hanna Sand was student assistant at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society in the winter term 2014. She is M.A. student of East Asian Economy and Society and holds a B.A. degree in Chinese studies and Theatre, Film and Media Science at the University of Vienna. She has spent one year at the Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China studying Chinese Language and Culture and worked as a project manager for companies in China and Germany.

Her academic interests include Cross-Strait relations between the PRC and Taiwan, concepts of mass movements and power as well as concepts of identity creation with special regard to national identities and international institutions, and development of intellectual property rights in East Asia.

Email: hanna.andrea.sand[at]univie.ac.at

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 taught the course “Migration in Asia” at the Chair of EcoS. In September 2015, Fiona commenced her Post-Doc at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University, Japan.

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


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