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Virginie Grzelczyk

Dr, PhD, Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park, United States

    • United Kingdom

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    Dr. Virginie Grzelczyk is a Reader in International Relations at  Aston University, UK, Head of School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

    She holds a MA and PhD in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, and a MA in Diplomacy and Security from Ewha University.

    Virginie's research focuses on security relationships over the Korean Peninsula, and especially about North Korea, with publications spanning the Six-Party Talks process, North Korea’s energy Security Dilemma, Korean identity in the context of reunification and the concept of crisis in Northeast Asia.

    Her latest project focuses on the Politics of Toys in Conflict and Post-Conflict Spheres and has been supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. 


    • PhD, Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park, United States, 2006
    • MA, Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park, United States, 2006
    • MA, Diplomacy and Security, Ewha Womans’ University, Seoul, South Korea, 2002
    • BA, English Language, Literature and Translation, Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France, 2000
    • Exchange Student Program, Korean Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, 1999


    • Reader in International Relations, Head of School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Aston University, 2013-present
    • Visiting Professor, Sciences Po, Lille, France, 2015-2019
    • Visiting Professor, University of Seoul, Seoul, Republic of Korea, June-July 2014
    • Senior Lecturer, Division of Politics and International Relations, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 2010-2013
    • Tutor, School of Politics, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom, 2009-2010
    • Visiting Lecturer, School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, 2008
    • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Government and Law, Lafayette College, Easton, United States, 2006-2007
    • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Political Sciences, George Washington University, Washington DC, United States, 2004-2006

    Continuing Professional Development

    • Senior Fellowship, Higher Education Academy, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 2015
    • Fellowship, Higher Education Academy Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 2013

    Teaching Activity

    • Information Skills
    • Security Studies
    • Understanding Foreign Policy
    • Northeast Asia, From Conflict to Cooperation
    • International Relations Theory (Postgraduate)          
    • Coercion and Engagement, The Politics of Rogue States (Postgraduate)

    PhD Supervision

    Virginie welcomes doctoral student enquiries in the field of security, and particularly those interested in the Korean peninsula. 

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    External positions

    External Examiner, MA in North Korean Studies, University of Central Lancashire

    1 Oct 201830 Sep 2020


    • JZ International relations
    • North Korea
    • Korean Peninsula
    • Security

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    Research Output

    A future, but at what cost? Cuba and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s quest for sustainable development

    Panichelli Batalla, S. & Grzelczyk, V., 3 Jun 2019, In : Third World Quarterly. 40, 6, p. 1163-1183 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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  • Threading on thin ice? Conflict dynamics on the Korean Peninsula

    Grzelczyk, V., 4 Mar 2019, In : Asia Europe Journal. 17, 1, p. 31–45 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Meddling middle powers: Can diplomacy crack the North Korean conundrum?

    Grzelczyk, V. M., 28 Sep 2018, Rethinking Middle Powers in The Asian Century: New Theories, New Cases. Struye de Swielande, T., Vandamme, D., Walton, D. & Wilkins, T. (eds.). Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    North Korea’s New Diplomacy

    Grzelczyk, V., 2018, Palgrave Macmillan. 248 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Press / Media

    What we’ve Learned from North Korea’s Party Congress

    Virginie Grzelczyk


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research