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Please find below details of current Research Fellows at the London Asia Pacific Centre:

Ms Seunghye Kim

Visiting Research Fellow, June – December 2017


Seunghye conducts research on North Korean affairs.

Dr Kaho Yu

Non-resident Fellow, July 2017 – June 2018

Dr Kaho Yu is an Associate with the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center and Assistant Lecturer in Global Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kaho’s research focuses on energy geopolitics in Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese energy security, Sino-Russian energy cooperation and global energy governance. Kaho also serves as Adjunct Research Fellow at the Center for International Energy Security Studies at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Science, European Center for Energy and Resources Security (EUCERS), London Asia Pacific Centre for Social Science, and Asian Energy Studies Centre at Hong Kong Baptist University. Since 2013, he has been teaching master and bachelor courses on energy geopolitics, climate governance and global studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kaho obtained his PhD at King’s College London.


Kaho's research analyses the difference between Chinese and European academic interpretations of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with a focus on newly established energy institutions by China. Prioritising infrastructure, the implementation of BRI will connect the Eurasian landmass and the surrounding waterways with a web of energy projects including oil and gas pipelines, power grids, and trading hubs. China is also setting up new institutions to support its implementation, including BRI Energy Cooperation Club, AIIB and South-South Cooperation Fund on Climate Change. These organisations may cooperate or compete with existing institutions in the region. They will have an impact on the role of existing institutions and rebalance energy governance in the region over time. The targeted audience of this research includes both scholars and policymakers. This research aims to offer a better explanation of Chinese energy investment under BRI and its strategic implications for global energy governance. Considering the impact of BRI on the energy landscape, it is necessary to offer a clear explanation of BRI to bridge the gap between Chinese and European policymakers and scholars.

Ms Hyo-Sun Kim 

Visiting Research Fellow, November 2017 – July 2018

BA (Ewha Womans University), LLM (Queen Mary University of London), Legislative officer in the Ministry of Government Legislation of South Korea


Study on economic reform measures to address the social inequality focused on the labour market issues of South Korea, the UK and other EU nations


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