1963-2018 - 55 years of Research for Social Change

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Huck-ju Kwon

Former Collaborating Researcher

Huck-ju Kwon has worked as an External Research Coordinator and Geneva-based Research Coordinator (February 2002 through February 2005). He specializes in comparative social policy in East Asia, social policy and democracy, and the politics of public policy. He coordinated the research project Social Policy in a Development Context, which includes sub-projects on the Nordic countries, East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Arab region and sub-Saharan Africa.
As well as his UNRISD work, Kwon is Associate Professor at Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University. Previously he was the Director of the BK21 Governance Programme, Sung Kyun Kwan University in Korea. He has worked as Regional Editor for East Asia for Global Social Policy since 2003 and Board Member for the RC19 since 2007. He has served a number of government committees in the Republic of Korea, and presently is a member of Ministerial Commission on the Civil Service Pension Reform.

Recent Selected Publications
Kwon is the series editor of the Palgrave series on ‘Social Policy in a Development Context’. His book, Transforming the Developmental Welfare State in East Asia (Palgrave, 2005) is one of the books in the series. His other publications include The East Asian Welfare Model: the State and Welfare Orientalism (London: Routledge, 1998) and the International Encyclopaedia of Social Policy (London: Routledge, 2006, co-editor). Kwon also published a number of SSCI listed journal articles including ‘Advocacy Coalition and Health Politics in Korea’, (Social Policy and Administration, 2006), ‘Transforming the developmental welfare states in East Asia’, (Development and Change, 2005) and ‘Beyond European Welfare Regimes: comparative perspectives on East Asian welfare systems’ (Journal of Social Policy, 1997).