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Seo-Young Cho

I am currently Aigner-Rollett guest professor of Gender Studies at Karl-Franzens University of Graz in Austria. I am also research fellow of the KDI-FU Korea-Europe Program at the Free University of Berlin (FU-Berlin) and lecturer of Korean Economics at the Eberhart Karls University of Tübingen in Germany. 

My research fields include institutional economics, development economics, and gender economics. I am especially interested in human mobility and migration, female leadership, informal institutions, inclusive growth, innovation economy, and entrepreneurship - particularly in South Korea and the Tiger Economies in East Asia 

My work has appeared in World Development, European Journal of Political Economy, Social Science Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, and elsewhere. I have also completed various research projects on the issues of migration, security, and development for the EU, the UN, and the German government .

Prior to my current posts, I was junior professor (assistant professor) of Economics at Philipps-University of Marburg in Germany from 2013 to 2019, senior researcher at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW-Berlin) from 2012 to 2013, and doctoral and post-doctoral researcher in the faculty of Economics at Georg-August University of Goettingen from 2008 to 2012. I received my doctorate in Economics from Georg-August of University Goettingen in Germany and master degree in Public Affairs from Columbia University in New York in the U.S. 

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    Aigner-Rollett Guest Professor of Gender Studies | Karl-Franzens Universität Graz | Beethovenstr. 19, 8010 Graz, Austria   Research Fellow | Institute of Korean Studies | Free University of Berlin | Otto-von. Simson Str. 11, 14195 Berlin, Germany Lecturer | Dept. of Korean Studies | University of Tübingen | Wilhelmstr. 133, 72074 Tübingen, Germany            


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Working Papers

Current and Recent Research Projects

  • Project Leader, Project on An Experimental and Integrative Analysis of North Korean Refugees' Gender and Ethnic Identities (2019, financed by the Academy of Korean Studies Fellowship)
  • Project Leader, Project on Gender-role Models, Gender-matching Environments, and Female Leadership in South Korea (2018-2019, financed by the German Research Foundation/DFG)
  • Project Leader, Project on Female Labor and Gender Discrimination in STEM Fields (2017-2018, financed by Ingrid-2 Project, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Project Leader, Project on Gender Differences in Social Capital in the Cyber-space (2017, financed by EUROLAB, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Köln, Germany)
  • Co-project Leader, Project on Irregular Flow of Female Migrants: an Interdisciplinary & Cross-country Study (2016-2017, financed by German Academic Exchange Service/DAAD Australia-Germany Research Cooperation Scheme, in collaboration with Dr. Natalia Szablewska, Southern Cross University, Australia)
  • Consultant, European Commission Tender: Study on Prevention Initiatives on Trafficking in Human beings (2014-2015)
  • Consultant, EU-Project on Tools for the Validation and Utilisation of EU Statistics on Human Trafficking (2012-2014, Project leader: Tilburg University)
  • Senior Researcher, BMBF (German Gov't) Project on A System of Economic Indicators to Measure Security and Security Provision in Germany (April 2012-March 2013, Project leader: DIW-Berlin)
  • Principal Investigator, EU-Project on Indexing Trafficking in Human Beings (Feb. 2010-March 2012, Project leader: University of Goettingen)

Current and Recent Course Offering 

University of Graz (planned for WS 2020/21)

  • Gender and Migration in Globalization
  • Gender Economics
  • Integrative Methods for Gender Research

Free University of Berlin

  • Research Methods for Korean Studies (PhD Methodology Workshop, Summer 2020)
  • Social Science Methods for Korean Studies (Master, planned for WS 2020/21)
University of Tübingen (SoSe 2020)
  • Korean Economy and Policy (Bachelor)       
  • Social Capital and Contemporary Korean Society (Master)

University of Marburg (2013-2019)

Introduction to Empirical Economic Research (Econometrics), Empirical Institutional Economics, Empirical Economic Research on Gender, as well as seminars on Asian Economic Development, Globalization, Migration, and Crime. 

 Research Visits

Other Professional Commitments


Source of the Map: Cho, Seo-Young,  Human Trafficking, Germany only Average when it comes to Protecting Victims, DIW Economic Bulletin vol. 2, Nov. 2012

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