Bohyun Kim, M.A., M.Sc.

Research Associate (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin)

PhD project (working title): The influence of institutions on domestic climate policymaking in East Asia and the EU


Fak. f. Ges. Wi./Inst. f. Pol. Wiss./Lehrstuhl für Politik und Gesellschaft Koreas

Forsthausweg 2
47057 Duisburg
LE 729


  • Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, Institut für Politikwissenschaft

  • Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften


Bohyun studied Political Science and International Relations at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. During her undergraduate years, she engaged in EAI Governance Research projects as an intern at East Asian Institute, a policy-think tank in Seoul. She continued to study Political Science and European Studies at Universität zu Köln and Maastricht University in the Netherlands (double Master’s program). She also worked at different international organizations and NGOs in the field of climate change and sustainable development, such as: European Union Delegation to South Korea, ICLEI World Secretariat - Local Governments for Sustainability, UNESCO and UNFCCC - the UN Climate Conference Secretariat based in Bonn, Germany.


09. 2021 – present
PhD candidate, Institute of Political Science, Universität Duisburg-Essen

09. 2012 – 08. 2014
M.A. in Political Science, Universität zu Köln; and M.Sc. in European Studies, Maastricht University, the Netherlands (“The EU’s leadership role in international climate change negotiations”)

03. 2007 – 02. 2012
B.A. in Political Science and International Relations, Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

09. 2010 – 07. 2011
Exchange student, Department of Political Science, Leibniz Universität Hannover

Research Interests

Climate Policymaking, Participation and Governance, Comparative Environmental Politics, European Studies, East Asia



Peer-reviewed academic journals

  • Bohyun Kim (2023). “South Korea's Partial Withdrawal from the 2015 Korea-Japan Comfort Women Agreement: Changed National Role Conceptions via Increased Social Influence (2015-2018)”, ASIEN – The German Journal on Contemporary Asia, 164/165 (Juli/Oktober 2022): 70-95. DOI:

Other publications

  • “Is EU democracy fit for climate change? The case of the “green taxonomy””, part of the thematic forum “Supranational governance between diplomacy and democracy – current debates on EU reform” published at Der (europäische) Föderalist &, 15 August 2023 (EN/DE)

Conferences and invited presentations
Accepted panel proposal:

  • “Connectivity and Security: The Case of EU-Asia Relations”, The 8th Conference of European Union in International Affairs (EUIA), Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium, May 3-5, 2023: Panel proposal co-authored/co-submitted with Center for EU-Asia Connectivity, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, University of Bochum, Germany (Link)

Conference paper and presentation:

  • 2023 May: “Securitizing climate change around green taxonomy: EU and South Korea”, in Panel: Connectivity and Security: The Case of EU-Asia Relations”, 8th Conference of European Union in International Affairs (EUIA), Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium, May 3-5
  • 2023 March: “A comparative analysis of EU's- and South Korea's climate policymaking", in Panel 3: Green Transformation in sustainability-, climate- and energy politics, 16th Annual Forum of State-, Administration- and Policy Studies (FoJuS), NRW School of Governance, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, March 2-3
  • 2022 December: “Green Détente strategy on the Korean peninsula and European experience in signing the 1975 Helsinki Declaration", Panel discussant in Seminar: What are the challenges and opportunities for the Unified Korea?, Embassy of the Republic of Korea - Bonn Office & Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU), Wissenschaftszentrum, Bonn, Germany, December 19
  • 2022 October: “’Carbon Neutrality’ with or without nuclear energy? The ideas of nuclear energy in South Korean public discourse (2020-2022)”, The 11th World Congress of Korean Studies, Suwon, South Korea, October 19-21

Awarded Fellowship/Research Grants

GreenDeal-NET Short-Term Research Fellowship, VUB Centre for Environment, Economy and Energy,
Brussels School of Governance, February 2024 (Link)