DR Jay Song

DR Jay Song


  • Human Rights
  • Korea (North Korea)
  • Migration



  • Dr Jiyoung (Jay) Song is a Senior Lecturer at the Asia Institute of the University of Melbourne, Australia, and Global Ethics Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York, U.S.A. Prior to her current positions, Jay was the Director of Migration and Border Policy at the Lowy Institute (Sydney), Assistant Professor of Political Science at Singapore Management University, Associate Fellow of Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs, London), Consultant for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Geneva), and Human Rights Officer at the National Human Rights Commission of South Korea (Seoul). She also held several academic positions at the National University of Singapore, the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. She completed a PhD in Politics and International Studies (Cambridge, UK), LLM in Human Rights (Hong Kong), and BS in Mathematics (Seoul, Korea). She is the author of The History of Human Rights Society in Singapore, 1965-2015 (London: Routledge, 2017), Irregular Migration and Human Security in East Asia (London: Routledge, 2014), Human Rights Discourse in North Korea: Post- colonial, Marxist and Confucian Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2010), and a number of peer-reviewed academic articles. Her current research focuses on migration and human security in Asia, using complexity theory.   


Member of

  • Australian Population Association. Member 2017 -
  • Korean Studies Association of Australasia. Member 2017 -
  • International Studies Association. Member 2015 -
  • British Association for Korean Studies. Member 2006 -
  • British International Studies Association. Member 2006 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Dr Song has received a number of research grants from the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Korea Foundation, and the Singapore Ministry of Education.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Cambridge 2009

Awards and honors

  • British Council, Chevening Schoarship, 2006
  • Asia Foundation, 2001



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Dr Song is interested in supervising postgrad students who would like to use mixed methodologies in their case studies on migration, human rights, and women in Asia and Australia in a comparative perspective.