Our Research Projects
Project team: Hea-Jin Park, Younghye Seo-Whitney and Jo Elfving-Hwang
While the Australian and Korean general public might think that the ROK-Australia agricultural engagement is relatively new development, the roots of such farming exchanges go much further than the recent trade agreements. This research project focuses on Australian agricultural aid program to South Korea in the 1970s which included, among other things, 2,500 sheep from New South Wales and two kelpies called Mick and Monty.
A comparative study of racial and cultural diversity in television advertising: an Australia and Korea case study
Pretty in Masks? How COVID has Impacted Korean Young People's Beauty Practices
Project team: Jo Elfving-Hwang
Drawing on interviews with a sample of 20 urban 18 to 29-year-old young people in the metropolitan Seoul area, this project investigates the impact of COVID-19 related restrictions on Korean beauty cultures. As personal connections and face to face interactions play a particularly important role in creating connections with others, this project seeks to examine the impact of the literal covering of the face and shifting of person to person meetings to digital platforms have impacted particularly young people's perceptions of the role and utility of beauty, attractiveness and everyday beauty practices in post-COVID 19 Korean society.
Korean Aid and Development: Policies, Practices, and People
Project team: Jae-Eun Noh
South Korea is the 15th largest donor in its aid volume, sharing a history of experiencing colonial exploitation and poverty with developing countries. This research project explores how South Korea's aid policies and practices have been shaped by the history, socio-cultural norms and values, and the interplay of global and domestic policies.
This project has identified the role of 'emotions' in public attitudes, aid policies, and NGO workers' practices, drawing on policy documents and interviews. Findings were published in highly-ranked journals, including Third World Quarterly, Community Development Journal, Development in Practice, and Thesis Eleven.
This project now focuses on examining Korean aid and development through the lens of gender, human rights and global justice.