BA MPhil (Oxon.)
Edward is an Economic and Social Resarch Council Scholar in International Relations at the University of Oxford, where he is a D.Phil. candidate in International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Relations. Edward is an active tutor, teaching International Relations, and Politics in China, as part of the undergraduate degree in History & Politics, and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. He is also an active writer and journalist, contributing to The Economist, South China Morning Post, The Diplomat, amongst others, and is a Contributing Writer specializing in the Korean Peninsula, at The Economist Intelligence Unit.
Edward's research interests lie in East Asian international relations. His current work focuses on the Korean Peninsula, analyzing North Korea’s nuclear programme, foreign policy, and international legitimacy. He is fascinated by questions of resilience, and the culture of authoritarian regimes. Edward's interest in the Korean Peninsula stems from his South Korean heritage.
Edward achieved a prizewinning Distinction in his M.Phil. degree in International Relations from the University of Oxford (Balliol College). His thesis: ‘The Juche H-bomb?: nuclear weapons, domestic ideology, and North Korea's survival” was awarded the Deirdre and Paul Malone Thesis Prize in Politics and International Relations.
Edward graduated with a prizewinning double First Class degree in Geography from Brasenose College, University of Oxford, where he specialized in social and cultural geography. Edward's ongoing geography research focuses on the adaptation of South and North Korean migrants overseas. In addition, Edward is fascinated by the role of airports as sites of transit. Edward is also an Associate Lecturer in Geography at Oxford Brookes University.
Furthermore, Edward is an organist and choral conductor, currently Sub-Organist at Balliol College, Oxford, and organist of St. Matthew's Church, Kensington.
If you are interested in learning more about Edward's research, or wish to have Edward speak at an event, please contact him - he would be delighted to hear from you.