SOAS University of London

Centre of Korean Studies

Peculiarities of Urbanization in Juche Country

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Dr. Pavel Em

Date: 9 March 2018Time: 5:15 PM

Finishes: 9 March 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B111

Type of Event: Seminar


More than 60 years have passed since the conclusion of the Korean War, during which the ethnically homogenous nation as a whole was forcibly divided into two. Today, the Republic of Korea, located on the southern part of the peninsula, is a highly developed country with a market economy. whereas the northern part, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is one of the poorest countries in the world. At the same time according to the statistics, the urban population in the DPRK in 2008 had reached 60.9% of the total. After traveling through the cities and towns of the country in May 2016, the Presenter examined Urbanization in Juche Country and conducted an analysis of its peculiarities. The results of this research are going to be presented during the Seminar.

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Speaker Biography

Dr. Pavel Em is a Research Fellow at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (École des hautes études en sciences sociales), in Paris.  He holds a DSc in Social and Economic Geography from Lomonsov Moscow State University and has published and presented extensively in both English and Russian on urbanisation on the Korean Peninsula. 

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Korean Studies

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