March 04, 2021

About the author

Gianluca Spezza

Gianluca Spezza earned his PhD in 2017 from the University of Central Lancashire under the supervision of Professor Hazel Smith, on the strength of research on the cooperation between UNICEF and the DPRK in education and childcare. Dr Spezza is an assistant professor of international relations and a senior researcher at the DPRK Strategy Center at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan; he is writing a monograph on education, international cooperation, and human capital in North Korea (Palgrave 2021). His work on the DPRK, articles or interviews, can be found, among others, on the websites of the BBC, The Guardian, The Diplomat, IRIN News, NK News,, Newsweek Korea, and El Confidential.

More articles by 'Gianluca Spezza'

Could we pay the North Korean elite to give up power and nukes?

A new book makes the case for a "reunification investment fund" for Kim Jong Un

Gianluca Spezza April 28, 2017

Overthinking North Korea’s Juche doctrine

Lightning rod scholar Myers returns with detailed take on Pyongyang's 'official' doctrine, which Westerners consistently misinterpret

Gianluca Spezza October 19, 2015

North Korea and the revolutionary football of 1966

Disciplined, surprising performance at UK World Cup inspired devotion, 'total football' concept

Gianluca Spezza April 17, 2015

The North’s history of stagnant development

Moving past a model that distrusted foreign ideas may be key to future success

Gianluca Spezza November 12, 2014

Childhood dreams, education and loyalty in North Korea

Visual/text project on North Korea analyzes media excerpts captured on instant film

Gianluca Spezza October 9, 2014

Why researching defectors takes creativity

Academic says human relatability matters helps those studying refugees learn new information

Gianluca Spezza October 2, 2014

North Korea through famine survivors’ eyes

Expert calls 1990s a period of surprising change for citizen-state relations

Gianluca Spezza October 1, 2014

Famine survivors used humor to cope – Interview

Academic who talked with defectors finds many feel ambivalent about N. Korean government

Gianluca Spezza October 1, 2014

Book review – Visual Politics and North Korea: Seeing is Believing

Study underlines the connection between visual culture and international relations, offering new insights into North Korea

Gianluca Spezza September 16, 2014

From satellites to novels: New names in North Korean studies, part 3

Insights into N. Korea through satellite imagery, fiction, famine analysis and nationalism studies

Gianluca Spezza June 10, 2014
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