Yujin Lim

Yujin Lim


Before joining Leeds, I worked as a Researcher at an European think tank in Brussels, European Institute for Asian Studies, covering diverse topics on Asia. The main research focus was on security including East Asian traditional security and West Asian human security. 

I worked as an Education Outreach Fellow for Social Science Team at University of Leeds (2018-2019) to deliver sessions and workshops on my field of studies.

I am currently part of SinoNK as an Analyst and a member of Centre for Global Security Challenges


  • Academic
    • Adam Cathcart and Yujin Lim, “‘The enemies made this possible’: Sino-North Korean relations after 1948” In Routledge Handbook of Contemporary North Korea, edited by Adrian Buzo. pp.131-140, London: Routledge, November 2020 – Book Chapter
    • Lim, Yujin, Between Natural and Appropriate Burden Sharing in Defense: Revisiting Carter Administration’s Troop Withdrawal Plans from the Korean Peninsula, European Journal of Korean Studies Vol.19. No.1 pp.275-288 (2019) – Research Note
    • Lim, Yujin, Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China: Power and Politics in East Asia by Robert S. Ross and Øystein Tunsjø. NY: Cornell University Press, 2017. European Journal of Korean Studies Vol.18. No.1. pp.145-147 (2018) – Book Review
  • Think Tank Work
    • Yujin Lim and Shairee Malhotra, Legal Aspects of Contemporary South Asian Issues, European Institute for Asian Studies, May 2016
    • Varun Aggarwal, Yujin Lim, and Shairee Malhotra., Labour Market Access for Asylum Seekers: The Asian Experience, European Institute for Asian Studies, April 2016
  • Other Writings
    • Lim, Yujin, Small States and Cold War Reordering: North Korea, Centre for Global Security Challenges, 23 September 2020
    • Adam Cathcart and Yujin Lim, How North Korea’s Institutions have Responded to the Changing Role of Women, NK News, 29 May 2019
    • Adam Cathcart and Yujin Lim, How Life for Women is - and isn't - Changing Under Kim Jong Un, NK News, 03 May 2019
    • Lim, Yujin, Small but Indispensable: South Korea as “Jungjaeja”, SinoNK.com, 01 March 2019
    • Lim, Yujin, North Korea's Nuclear State Status: Seeking Legitimacy in the International Community, SinoNK.com, 29 January 2019

Speaking Engagement

  • Conference
    • The Contentious Debate on Airspace Sovereignty: The Case of East Asia - World History Workshop (St. John's College, Cambridge University, 17 May 2019)
    • Security of the Small States: Surviving Between the Great Powers - Security in the Modern World conference (Leeds International Study Centre, 06 March 2019)
  • Teaching
    • Law and Politics - Special lecture (SungIl Godeunghakgyo, 12 December 2017)
    • Community Social Welfare Theory - Guest lecture (Kwangshin University, 20 October 2017)
  • Media
    • Multiculturalism - Panel (FEBC radio channel, 20 November 2017)
    • Conflict and Security - Panel (FEBC radio channel, 30 October 2017)



Research interests

Having my background in Politics and International Relations, my current research is on the History of International Relations in East Asia under the joint supervision of School of History and School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS).

Key words for research: US-China relations, Security, East Asia, Korean Peninsula

Main Research Focus

  • History of international relations – PhD research topic on East Asia
  • National security – Collective security, deterrence, and military alliances
  • Political communication – Political narrative and rhetoric
  • Conflict – Regional competition


  • Korean: native speaker
  • Chinese: fluent in Mandarin
  • English: certified in TEFL


  • PhD University of Leeds, School of History (Current)
  • MA University of Kent, School of Politics and International Relations
  • Political Strategy and Communication with International Conflict and Security (2017)
  • BSc Columbia International University, Communication (2014)