Sung-Young Kim


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I am Chair of the Discipline of Politics and International Relations in the Macquarie School of Social Sciences (since 2023). I am also Treasurer of the Korean Studies Association of Australasia (2020-2021, re-elected 2022) and on the Executive Board of the Australian Political Studies Association (elected in 2021). I was appointed to the Editorial Board of Asian Studies Review journal first as Regional Editor (Korea) (in 2021) and Deputy Editor (since 2023), and on the International Advisory Board of Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy at Palgrave Macmillan (since 2020). I was the Chair of the 2021 Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference hosted by Macquarie University. 

As a political scientist, I research and teach the international and comparative politics of East Asia’s economic transformation. I am especially interested in the role that governments can play in coordinating national techno-innovation strategies in response to the changing dynamics of international competition. To date, my research has investigated the institutional basis of competitive advantage in the digital economy and more recently in the green economy in Korea, Singapore, China, and Taiwan. My research has been funded by the Australian Reseach Council (2019-2023) ($301,000) and the Academy of Korean Studies (2013-2017) ($854,000).

I have published in the leading journals in the field including Review of International Political Economy (twice), New Political Economy (twice), Energy Policy, Politics and Society, Global Policy, Journal of Enviroment and Development, Review of Evolutionary Political Economy, and The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. In 2023, I co-authored a book on Developmental Environmentalism: State Ambition and Creative Destruction in East Asia's Green Energy Transition (with Oxford University Press).

I have also served as a Reviewer for leading journals and book publishers in the field including those mentioned above and others such as Environmental Politics, Futures, Administration and Society, Journal of Development Studies, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Globalizations, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of Communication, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Contemporary Politics, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, and Bloomsbury.

I currently teach units on International Political Economy, Australia and the Asia-Pacific Century, and Global Political Economy in the undergraduate Politics major, International Relations major, and Master of International Relations programme. I have succesfully supervised three PhD projects and eight Master of Research/Master of Philosophy projects and nineteen Honours thesis projects. I have served as an Examiner for eleven PhD and Masters disserations.

Macquarie University became my institutional home in 2017 having previously worked as a Lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at The University of Auckland, New Zealand (2012-2016). I undertook my doctoral training in the Department of Government and International Relations at The University of Sydney (2009). I have held visiting positions at Seoul National University, Korea University, and Waseda University.

Community engagement

I have authored a total of 26 opinion-pieces to outlets including Project Syndicate, The Conversation, East Asia Forum, Taiwan Insight, The Korea Times, Taipei Times, Japan Times, and The Interpreter. I have also contributed to official community Consultation processes on various issues being debates in our federal Parliament. 

Research student supervision

I am always eagar to work with doctoral candidates on any area broadly related to the fields of comparative politics, international political economy and international relations. Feel free to email me if you wish to discuss your potential Master of Research (MRes) or PhD project with me!



2015. Jianglin (Jenny) Qin ‘China in the Climate Change Regime Complex: The Efficiency of the Climate Change Regime Complex and a Discussion of the Bottom-up Approach’ (Co-Supervisor)

2014. Xiang Gao ‘Understanding China as a Responsible Power in International Society' (Co-Supervisor)

2015. Corey John Wallace ‘The Evolution of the Japanese Strategic Imagination and Generation Change’ (Co-Supervisor)


2021. Simran Keshwani 'Creating a Renewables Giant: The Rise of National Champions in India’s Solar Sector'.

2020. Sophie Pantcheff 'The Financialization of the UK Economy: Helping or Hindering Industrial Development?'.

2019. Kieran Donelly 'Cultural Statecraft The Confucius Institute Project in Australia'.

2016. Le-Minh Si Truong ‘Climbing Up the Ladder - the Case of Vietnam and its Information Communication Technology industry’.

2015. Nicholas Mignacca ‘Latecomer Strategies in Forging a Renewable Energy Economy: An Examination of India’s Efforts in Building Domestic Capabilities in Renewable Energy Technology Industries’.

2015. Scott Russell ‘The Green Developmental State? The Political Limitations of Taiwan's Green Industry Policy’.

2014. Richard Hudson ‘Pursuing Techno-Nationalism in an Age of Globalisation: Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in Angola’.

2014. Lauren Gent ‘Governance of Green Growth in New Zealand: Intermittent, Ungoverned Interdependence’.


2022-2023. Simran Keshwani 'Disrupting Energy Politics in India: from Redistributive Welfare to the Beginnings of Developmentalism in the Solar Sector'



I am a teacher of International Relations, International Political Economy and Comparative Politics (East Asia) at all levels of study.


POIR8490 International Political Economy


POIR3030 Global Political Economy

POIR3890 Australia and the Asia-Pacific Century


External positions

Editorial Board (Deputy Editor & Regional Editor), Asian Studies Review journal Editorial Board

2021 → …

Executive Committee Member , Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA)

1 Jan 2020 → …

Executive Committee Member, Australian Political Studies Association (APSA)

2020 → …

International Advisory Board - Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy (SPEPP) , Palgrave Macmillan

2020 → …


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