I am currently Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester. I received my doctorate from the Dept. of Geography at the University of British Columbia. I was recently a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellow (2010-2011) at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo as well as a instructor and researcher in the Department of Geography at UBC (2011-2012), where I’ve taught courses on the political economy of the Pacific Rim, urban research methodology, and social movement studies. I have also been a visiting researcher at the Democracy and Social Movements Institute of Sungkonghoe University in Seoul, South Korea.
My primary area of research is the geographical political economy of East Asia. My work has been based on examining how democratic social movements in East Asia have targeted features of the developmental state model of export-oriented industrialization for reform. Most of my work examines this process in South Korea but is sensitive to connections and transformations in the East Asian region as a whole and elsewhere. I’m particularly interested in some of the new conflicts that have emerged in South Korea surrounding issues of transnational migration, labour and financial restructuring and the increasing financialization of urban development. Finally, I’m also interested in how these changes are reflected in popular understandings of modernity, development and democracy among Asian intellectuals, and the ways in which these understandings shape strategies for addressing contemporary issues from grassroots protest to macro-institutional design.