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Jisun Yi


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Jisun Yi is a PhD candidate in International Political Economy at the Department of European and International Studies, King’s College London since 2012. Her current PhD research project focuses on a comparative study of European and East Asian regional integration in terms of evolving roles of regional financial emergency funds and intraregional development aid. She was educated at Ewha Women’s University (Republic of Korea) and completed a B.A. and M.A. in Law and International Relations, respectively. She used to work at Korean think tanks and governmental agencies, including the Korea International Cooperation Agency [KOICA] and the Korean Institute for Defense Analyses [KIDA] as Research Associate and involved in a number of state-sponsored research projects on issues of Korean ODA model building, cross-national aid policy analysis, East Asian developmental state model, Asia-Pacific military economy, etc. Her interests also include the EU-China relations, EU’s multi-level governance model, Sino-Africa relations and the domestic politics of aid in donor countries.

Research interests



Jisun is taking part in undergraduate-level module teaching (5AAYEU03SY1: The Integration of the European Union).


Publication & Conference


Jun. 2013

Presentation at 4th Annual King’s College London International Postgraduate Conference – Exploring Cities in the Global Era: What is Local?

(Title: “Emerging Global Cities in East Asia: State Presence and Regional Comparison.”)


May 2013

Presentation at 3rd JMCE Manchester Conference - After the Crisis?

(Title: “Evolving Politics of EU’s Regional Development Aid at Financial Crises in terms of Aid Architect and Development Logic”)


Jan. 2012

The Journal of Poverty Alleviation and International Development in the issue of January of 2012: 2(2)

(Title: “Misrepresentation of World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators in Nigeria.”)

Research interests (short)

Thesis title: The Role of Northeast Asian State Bureaucracy in promoting East Asian Regional Cooperation and Integration: Foreign Aid Policy of Korea, Japan, and China

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


  • JZ International relations
  • JQ Political institutions Asia
  • JF Political institutions (General)


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