Research Projects

KRI@UNSW conducts research projects in all areas of Korean Studies but with specialisations within Language, Linguistics, Humanities, Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Cultural Studies, Business, Economics, Management and Law. KAREC also conducts collaborative research projects with research partners around Australasia region and also through other regional hubs scattered around the globe.

Research Objectives

KRI@UNSW research projects are aimed towards achieving

¡°Glocalisation of Korean Studies in the Region of Oceania and Southeast Asia.¡±

In order to achieve this goal, the main aims of the KRI@UNSW are threefold:

  1. To further establish and strengthen research networks linking scholars and institutions in Korean Studies, in the region of Oceania and Southeast Asia with those in Korea and the rest of the world.
  2. To conduct and facilitate research activities in all areas of Korean Studies and Korea-Australasia relations at UNSW, in Australasia and Southeast Asia
  3. To facilitate and assist academic and student exchange between Korea, Australasia and Southeast Asia.


KRI@UNSW is continuing its role as the centre of excellence and to contribute to the growth and development of Korean studies in Southeast Asia and Oceania, through the international exchange network of research and education of Korean studies in the region.

Main Research Activities

The main research activities of KRI@UNSW can be categorised in two international activities and one infrastructure activity as follows.

a. International Collaborative Research projects on the priority areas of Korean Studies with a link to educational programs.

The first step of the project is to support the research activities in ¡°Applied¡± Korean Studies as well as ¡°Humanities-based¡± Korean Studies. Considering that the main interests in Korean Studies from the local governments and students of Korean Studies lies in the ¡°applied¡± Korean Studies, balanced supports for research and education in these two areas will help to induce growth and development in Korean Studies. Local participants in the collaborative research projects will help to expand the human resource pool and hence contribute to the localization of Korean Studies in the region. The areas, methodology and the nature of these priority projects are as follows.

    • Key research areas: Politics/Public Administration; Economics/Business; Culture and Culture Industry; and ¡°Humanities-based¡± Korean Studies
    • Methodology: Comparative Research in each of these research categories
    • Research System: International collaborative projects where local researchers participate in each research projects.
b. Establishment and expansion of a system for international cooperation and exchange

The second focus of the project is to establish and expand a system of cooperation and exchange among scholars and institutions through the research and educational supports in the key areas, as well as managing the system of cooperation. This will contribute to a balanced growth in Korean Studies in the region. This system of international cooperation in the region will be extended so that the Korean Studies in the region can be linked to those in other regions, and contribute to both localisation and globalisation of Korean Studies in the world. The major activities proposed are as follows.

    • Promote and facilitate development of current key partner universities in each country as a research and education hub for Korean Studies. Establish a systematic network among academia-government- industry with the key partner universities as the centre of the network.
    • Establish and manage a cooperative group for education and research in Korean Studies, comprising representative institutions in major countries in Southeast Asia and Oceania.
    • Establish a Korean Studies support group in the region, through a system for cooperation and exchange and support various international exchange relations between the region and Korea.
c. Strengthening the Capabilities of KAREC as a regional Hub of Korean Studies

In contributing to the growth and development of Korean Studies in Southeast Asia, there are two roles which KRI@UNSW will need to undertake. The first is a facilitator¡¯s role for international collaborative projects and international exchange network, and the second is to provide a benchmark for other research centres in the region. To perform these two roles, the KRI Infrastructure Research Project has been designed consisting of the two categories of projects as follows.

    • KRI Pioneer Research Projects (KPRP): Each year KRI will undertake short term research projects to lead and explore new agendas in Korean Studies research and to contribute to policy formation.
    • Korean Studies Infrastructure Projects: In order to take the role as a regional hub of Korean studies, KRI will need to strengthen the infrastructure for the Korean Studies in Australia. This can be used as a reference for other research centres in the region, including the key partner universities in Southeast Asia


Collaborative Research Networks

Since its establishment in June 2000, KRI has established extensive international networks in Southeast Asia, through ongoing collaboration with the following 14 leading universities in Southeast Asia and Oceania.



Chulalongkorn University and

Burapha University

In Thailand, Chulalongkorn University is the leading hub of research in Korean Studies, whereas Burapha University if the hub of Korean language education.


University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), Hanoi and
University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), Hochiminh city

In Vietnam, USSH Hanoi and USSH Hochiminh City are the research and education hub of Korean Studies, one in Northern Vietnam, the other in Southern Vietnam.


University of Malaya (UM)

In Malaysia, UM is the hub of Korean Studies, both in research and in education.


University of Indonesia and

Universitas Pelita Harapan

In Indonesia, UI has first established a major in Korean Studies in 2006, and hence become a national hub of Korean Studies. And also, UI is the hub of research in the field of social sciences and humanities. In early 2007, an additional university has joined the network. Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) is a leading private university in Indonesia, located at Karawachi near Jakarta. Karawachi is the place where many Korean companies are located, and UPH will play a pivotal role in research in Korean Studies especially in the area of the cultural industry, and business and economics.

The Philippines

University of the Philippines (UP)

In Philippines, UP is the hub of Korean Studies, both in research and in education.



Royal University of Phnom Penh

In Cambodia, Royal University of Phnom Penh is the hub of Korean Studies, both in research and in education.



National University of Laos

In Laos, National University of Laos is the hub of Korean Studies, both in research and in education.


New Zealand

University of Auckland

In New Zealand, University of Auckland is the hub of Korean Studies, both in research and in education.



Australian National University (ANU),

University of Canberra and
The University of New South Wales (UNSW)

In Australia, Australian National University, University of Canberra and the University of New South Wales are the research and education hub of Korean Studies.


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