Yi hyun Kang is a post-doc researcher at the CReSPo of the Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles from June 2021.
She received her PhD from the Technical University of Munich, Germany with her dissertation on climate change adaptation policies of South Korea and Germany, focusing on water management. Her dissertation was published as a monograph by Palgrave Macmillan in 2022, titled as « Climate change adaptation in river management: A comparative study of Germany and South Korea« .
Her research interests center around the political decision-making processes in the fields of climate change adaptation, energy, biodiversity, and sustainable development. She has developed her research interests through professional work experiences in diverse sectors in different countries. She worked as a journalist at a Korean online newspaper, PRESSian, between 2006-2010. Following her master’s degree in Climate Change and Development at the University of Sussex and the Institute of Development Studies, UK, she worked as an intern and a consultant at the International Labour Organization (ILO) for a project on green jobs and forest restoration in Indonesia. Between 2013-2014, she was a researcher at the Korea Environment Institute. She investigated international cooperation for biodiversity conservation, participating in the Convention on Biological Diversity conferences as a member of the Korean delegation.
At CReSPO, she carries out the FRS-FNRS research project “Youth goals in Earth politics« under the supervision of Prof. Amandine Orsini. The project aims to uncover the conditions under which youth become actors in their own rights and change international environmental politics. The project outputs as of April 2023 include
- Orsini, Amandine & Kang, Yi hyun. 2023. “European Leadership and European Youth in the Climate Change Regime Complex.” Politics and Governance. Vol. 11. no. 2. 84-96. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v11i2.6500
- Kang, Yi hyun and Orsini, Amandine. 2023. A multi-level analysis of youth climate activism in South Korea. In V. Frangville, T. Kellner, and F. Ponjaert (Eds.), National Identity and Millennials in Northeast Asia: Power and Contestations in the Digital Age. In press. Routledge.
More information about her publications is available at Google Scholar.