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Robert Winstanley-Chesters

Visiting Research Fellow, School of Geography, University of Leeds

Robert is a Research Fellow at Australian National University, College of Asia and the Pacific and a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds. He obtained his doctorate from Leeds’ with the Thesis “Ideology and the Production of Landscape in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”. Rowman and Littlefield’s Lexington Press published Robert’s monograph “Environment, Politics and Ideology in North Korea: Landscape as Political Project” in November 2014. Robert's new monograph "New Goddesses of Mt Paektu: Gender, Violence, Myth and Transformation in Korean Landscapes" co-authored with Victoria Ten will be published in winter 2016/2017 with Lexington Press. Robert is currently researching the Historical Geographies of Korean forestry, Colonial Mineralogical landscapes/inheritances, the place of topography within Pyongyang's charismatic narrative of the life of Kim Jong-suk and Animal/Creaturely Geographies of North Korea.


  • –present
    Visiting Research Fellow , University of Leeds
  • 2016–present
    Research fellow, Australian National University
  • 2013–2016
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Cambridge