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Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Discipline of Politics & International Relations, Macquarie School of Social Sciences, Macquarie University

Sung-Young Kim (김성용) 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 East Asian governments and corporations are promoting new smart grid technologies. 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), which focuses on South Korea and China's green growth initiatives.

His academic research publications include "National Competitive Advantage and Energy Transitions in Korea and Taiwan", New Political Economy (2021); "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.


  • 2017–present
    Senior lecturer, Discipline of Politics & International Relations, Macquarie School of Social Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia


    Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • Executive Committee Member, Australian Political Studies Association (APSA)
  • Executive Committee Member, Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA)
  • Editorial Board, Asian Studies Review journal (Regional Editor - Korea)
  • International Advisory Board, Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy (SPEPP), Palgrave Macmillan