The Melbourne Metropolitan Korean Studies Seminar Series

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Date: 26 Jul 2018 – 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue: Monash Univesity, Sir Matheson Library, T4 CL 44Exh (43)


Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics


The Melbourne Metropolitan Korean Studies Seminar Series

Title: The Civilian Side of Denuclearization: Energy Policy on the Korean Peninsula

Abstract: The denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is the topic of negotiations between North Korea, South Korean and the United States, with a focus on nuclear weapons. The non-military use of nuclear technology gathers far less attention. South Korea has long expanded the number of nuclear power plants which currently contribute about one third of the energy needs but in 2017, newly-elected President Moon Jae-in announced the phasing out of nuclear power and an expansion of renewable energy. The presentation explores the development of nuclear energy in South Korea, the resistance against nuclear power plants and the background to the recent policy change. The presentation also briefly covers nuclear power in North Korea and the potential of inter-Korean cooperation in energy matters.


Heike Hermanns is Associate Professor in Political Science at Gyeongsang National University in Jinju, South Korea. Her main research area is South Korean politics, in particular issues related to the development of democracy in the country. Currently, her special focus is on environmental policies and the role of civil society in the policy-making process, lining up with a personal interest in environmental protection. Professor Hermanns has studied in Germany and the UK, and held university research positions in the UK and Australia prior to coming to South Korea in 2007. She has published in widely in Korea and internationally, including in the Pacific Focus, Asian Women, and Asian Policy and Politics.





Thursday 26 July


04:30pm – 06:00pm


Monash University
Sir Matheson Library, Room T4
40 Exhibition Walk,
Clayton Campus

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