Dr Jay Song is a Korea Foundation Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies and Research Coordinator for Migration, Gender and Environment at the Asia Institute of the University of Melbourne, Australia. She also serves as a Regional Editor for Korea for Asian Studies Review and member of the Editorial Board for Melbourne Asia Review.
Prior to her current position, 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 and the University of Cambridge. She holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies (Cambridge, UK), LLM in Human Rights (Hong Kong), and BSc in Mathematics (Seoul, Korea). She is the author of Human Rights Discourse in North Korea: Post- colonial, Marxist and Confucian Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2010), and a number of peer-reviewed academic journal articles as well as the editor of the History of Human Rights Society: 1965-2015 (London: Routledge, 2017) and Irregular Migration and Human Security in East Asia (London: Routledge, 2014). Her current research focuses on North Korea and migration, using complexity theory.
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Global Ethics Fellow, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York, U.S.A.
Senior Lecturer - Korean Studies
Korean Studies Association of Australasia
Australian Population Association
International Studies Association
British Association for Korean Studies
British International Studies Association
Politics and International Relations
University of Cambridge