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Edward Howell

Edward is a researcher at the University of Oxford, where he is studying for an MPhil in International Relations, coming from a background as a social and political geographer, (where he was a First Class prizewinner in BA Geography at Oxford).  Focusing on the Korean Peninsula from a socio-cultural and ideological perspective, especially the DPRK and inter-Korean conflict, Edward’s research interests also encompass the Korean migrant population - both North and South - overseas, particularly in the West, in negotiations of citizenship, identity, and belonging. 

North Korean Studies: the focus on the hermit kingdom, its politics, economics, and society; the kingdom that poses a real-life threat to South Korea, and the world order as we know it today; a unique Marxist-Leninist state in the twenty-first century. Why focus on this particular area? More broadly, why devote time, funding, and research to the study of specific “areas” of the world? Surely an increasingly interconnected globe has rendered redundant the concept of a fixed “area”? The field of political geography—including geopolitics—has witnessed lengthy definitional and procedural debates around the field of area studies. North Korean studies—an area study in itself—offers a plethora of avenues for insight into area studies more widely in debates on how “best” to …