Virginie Grzelczyk

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

  • United Kingdom

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Research Interests

Dr. Virginie Grzelczyk is a Reader in International Relations at  Aston University, UK, and the Associate Dean for portfolio development and recruitment for the School of Languages and Social Sciences. She holds  a PhD in Political Science from the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on security relationships over the Korean Peninsula, 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, Associate Dean for Portfolio Development and Recruitment, School of Social Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 2013-present
  • Visiting Professor, Sciences Po, Lille, France, 2015-present
  • 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. 

Contact Details

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 2008 2019

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
sustainable development
Open Access
economic cooperation
world order
North Korea

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
Korean War
meso level
macro level

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.

Research output: Book/ReportBook