Sung-Young Kim is a political scientist currently leading a project on 'The Sources of Competitive Advantage in Exporting Green Energy Systems', which examines why, what and how governments and corporations are promoting smart grids. He is also currently one of four Chief Investigators on an Australia Research Council Discovery Project (ARC DP) 'East Asia's clean energy shift: enablers, obstacles, outcomes and lessons' (2019-2021).
His academic research publications include "Hybridized industrial ecosystems and the makings of a new developmental infrastructure in East Asia’s green energy sector", Review of International Political Economy (2019); “Transitioning from Fast-Follower to Innovator” Review of International Political Economy (2012); “The Politics of Technological Upgrading in South Korea” New Political Economy (2012); “The Rise of East Asia’s Global Companies” Global Policy (2013); “Developmental Environmentalism” (with E. Thurbon) Politics & Society (2015); "Korea’s Greening Strategy: The Role of Smart Microgrids" (with J.A. Mathews) The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus (2016).
He frequently contributes to international media outlets on issues relating to the political and economic development of East Asia especially on sustainable energy transitions.