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Dr. Théo Clément is a Research Associate at King’s College London, where he conducts both academic and policy-oriented research on China-North Korea relations. A double Ph.D holder, Dr. Clément researches China’s DPRK foreign policy and economic integration programs involving North Korea. He also has a strong interest in North Korean economic reform. A strong supporter of engagement policies towards North Korea, Dr. Clément has taught courses on FDI at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology and regularly engages with DPRK scholars and officials.  

Dr. Théo Clément holds a MA in International Relations from Sciences Po Lyon, a MA in East Asian Studies from the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and a Dual Ph.D Degree from the University of Vienna and the University of Lyon. 

Research Interests

  • FDI
  • Economic Sanctions
  • China-North Korea relations
  • Special Economic Zones
  • East Asian International Relations
  • Chinese Investments Abroad

Teaching and Supervision

  • Korean Peninsula at Crossroads, Sciences Po Paris

Selected Publications

  • Rajin SonbongEconomic and Trade Zonein CATHCART, Adam, GREEN, Christopher, DENNEY, Steven (eds.), 2019, Decoding the Sino-North Korean borderlands, University of Amsterdam Press (accepted, to be published Spring 2019). 
  • Chinese inputs in North Korean innovation policies, Asia Trends, Asia Centre, Spring 2019.
  • Business as usual? China-DPRK economic ties back on track amid the easing of tensions in Northeast Asia,2018, Asia Trends, Asia Centre, November 2018. 
  • Why is China so reluctant to implement economic sanctions against the DPRK ?(French), November 2017, Regards Géopolitiques, Institut Québecois des Hautes Études Internationales de Laval. Url :
  • Closing the Kaesong Industrial Zone: An assessment, March 2016, Asia Pacific Journal (with Pr. Rüdiger Frank).