Seung-Hun completed his PhD with RegNet in 2016. His thesis was in the field of political science on the topic of Dynamics of reciprocal regulation. Upon graduating, he commenced his role as a Political Researcher at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Canberra.
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Current role: Political Researcher, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Canberra
Graduation year: 2016
Before embarking on my PhD at RegNet, I worked in various research think tanks in Korea, including the East Asia Institute and the Ilmin International Relations Institute at Korea University.
I undertook my PhD in the field of political science on the topic of Dynamics of Reciprocal Regulation. I was incredibly lucky to be able to pursue my PhD at RegNet. My thesis was not just a product of the PhD research I conducted but also of what I learned from everyday intellectual life at RegNet. Some highlights were my fantastic supervisor, a great advisory board and the engaging academic community.
The PhD facilitated my progression into my chosen career in the diplomatic community. Indeed, during my study I co-authored an article on the “regulatory ambassador” with my supervisor, John Braithwaite.
Upon graduating in 2016, I commenced my role as a Political Researcher at the Korean Embassy. My responsibilities in this role include writing in-depth reports about Australian political issues, liaising with members of the diplomatic community, local academics and other stakeholders, and writing speeches for the head of mission, based on hands-on knowledge of Korea-Australia bilateral relations and both countries’ engagement in multilateral fora including MIKTA – the informal partnership between Mexico, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia.
I have found that my research at RegNet has been tremendously helpful to this job. As a member of the diplomatic community I encounter many opportunities to engage with other members of diplomatic corps, officials in the government and diverse stakeholders. Interview skills I developed during my PhD research, especially with government regulators and executives in private firms, serve as a valuable asset.