Current research students

At SEAS we have a thriving postgraduate research culture, and we encourage students to develop their interests and ambitions through pursuing a research degree.


Research students can study a broad range of themes centred on the countries of East Asia and, in addition, we make sure that they quickly become integrated into the department's research teams.

Below is a list of research students currently enrolled on our MPhil/PhD programmes.


Thesis Title
Avci, Yusuf State and Everyday Politics of Undocumented Immigrants: The Case of Undocumented Turkish Immigrants in Japan
Becke, Carolin National Identity, Popular Culture and the Role of National Dress in Contemporary Japanese Society
Dugue-Nevers, Audrey China & Soft Power
Durand, Stephanie Anne Being and Truth: The Somatic Ontologies of Dogen Kigen and Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Fillipov, Dmitry Contemporary Japan-China-US trilateral Relations
Finan, Dorothy Struggle as value: Exploring the thematic importance of 'seishun' in Japanese idol music.
Ge, Xiaomeng Acquisition of Chinese existential sentences by English-speaking learners
Huang, Yuantao Comparative study of inclusive education in the UK and China: the development of inclusive education in Beijing and Zhengzhou
Kim, Hyeonjun A Cultural Analysis of the Late Modern Stage and National Populism: Focusing on the Cases of South Korea and the United Kingdom
Kneebone, Teng Hua The construction of Native Chinese teachers' professional identity in a British secondary school context
Kuusisto, Sini-Petriina Queering Stigma: HIV/AIDS Activism and Community in Seoul
Liu, Xi Yijing Film Theory and Affect Theory: Schizoanalysis of Tea in Chinese Cinema
Li, Yang Regional Differences of Depopulation and their Varying Demands on Public Infrastructure in Japan
Ma, Ka Mei Samantha Sino-Japanese Relations
Mai, Yilin Critical Discourse Analysis
Morgan, Stephen Korean Re-unification and environmental peacebuilding
Park, Mi Sook How and why Hallyu (Korean Wave) spread in East Asia since the late of 1990s
Pihaj, Luca (Dorothy) Japan at a crossroad: normalization or pacifism? The Role of the Government and Society.
Suzuki, Minami Justification in Counterterrorism - Moral Justification in Political Process
Thomas-Parr, Georgia Feminine Phenomenon: The Impact and Appeal of Japanese Shojo Culture on British Female Adolescents
Toh, Junhan Perceptions of credibility with regards to the US nuclear umbrella deterrence policy in East Asia
Wakamastsu, Michinori Japan's Taiwan Policy amid the Rise of China
Wang, Jing Public Private Partnerships in recovery after 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake
Yao, Junxi Managing information asymmetries and achieving success of Japanese second-hand online platforms
Yang, Shijia Research on Foreign Language Education Planning of Chinese Higher Education under the Strategy of the “Belt and Road” Initiative: From the Perspective of Language Education Policy
Zhang, Xiaochen The Corporate Social Responsibility of Chinese State-Owned Enterprises in China's Go Global Policy

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