Politics and Public Administration
KRI@UNSW specialises and carries out research projects in politics, public policies, state capacities, development studies, public administration and reform policies of global political systems. Although it contributes to the field of political studies in a global scale, more emphasises are placed on Southeast Asia, Korea and Australasia. KRI@UNSW conducts comparative studies of countries of its focus and contributes its research outputs to policy makers of corresponding governments.
Economic Development and International Business
KRI@UNSW is one of leading institutions in the region for research fields of economics, development studies, public entrepreneurships, institutional developments, state-owned-enterprises (SOEs), economic policy reforms and international business studies. Together with its geographical specialisations and inter-disciplinary approaches, KRI@UNSW conducts large scale collaborative and comparative research projects.
Society, Culture and Cultural Industries
With a surge of Korean Wave breaking the paradigm of Hollywood dominated popular culture in the globe, new forms of cultural integrations, cultural diplomacies and regionalisation of cultural industries spawn out. Although countries in Southeast Asia, East Asia and Australasia differ significantly in cultural diversities and consequentially cultural identities are apparent, there are also commonalities. As culture is a forefront medium of intangible institutions, how culture shapes societal structures of different countries require much attention. KRI@UNSW recognised this phenomenon and led development of research areas in this new age field since its inception and now produces significant research outputs.
Korean Language Education and Linguistics
KRI@UNSW plays pivotal roles in development of Korean Language Education not only in its home institution UNSW Australia but throughout its regional partners in Southeast Asia. KRI@UNSW conducts research of pedagogical development in Korean Language Education and Korean Studies Programs. KRI@UNSW does not confine its key strengths in tertiary levels but also reached out to Primary and Secondary Schools as they form foundation for tertiary level programs. KRI@UNSW helped partner universities in Southeast Asia to initiate and develop Korean Studies and Korean Language Programs with a help and support from Korean Government.