April 05, 2020

About the author

Gianluca Spezza

Gianluca Spezza is a PhD candidate at the International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU), University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), in the UK. His work has been published and interviewed on The Guardian, BBC, Newsweek Korea, and DR among others. He writes about North Korea, international organizations, international relations and national identity. Email him at  [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @TheSpezz

More articles by 'Gianluca Spezza'

"Reading North Korea: an Ethnological Inquiry" - A Book Review

A look at Professor Sonia Ryang's most recent book on the DPRK

Gianluca Spezza February 25, 2014

Assessing the impact of the UN's human rights in North Korea report

Why the UN's report on DPRK human rights violations will signal change in North Korea

Gianluca Spezza February 18, 2014

Going undercover, revealing very little

Follow-up to BBC documentary adds little but mockery, self-aggrandizement

Gianluca Spezza February 5, 2014

North Korea needs good ideas, not more aid

Former diplomat and aid coordinator in North Korea on why current aid delivery systems are ineffective

Gianluca Spezza January 31, 2014

Interview: Massimo Urbani, former aid coordinator in N. Korea

Transcript of full interview with Massimo Urbani, former aid coordinator to North Korea

Gianluca Spezza January 31, 2014

Child nutrition & medical training urgent issues in N. Korea – Zellweger

Interview with Katharina Zellweger, former coordinator for the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) in the DPRK

Gianluca Spezza January 28, 2014

Does North Korea have welfare?

Introducing a three-part special on healthcare, humanitarian aid and social assistance in the DPRK.

Gianluca Spezza January 27, 2014

Expert: Individual catalysts can help Pyongyang develop

Rapid Beijing- or Seoul-style rapid growth not realistic, carries side-effects

Gianluca Spezza January 9, 2014

Learning from public space in Pyongyang

A market economy is coming, but space for the public can be set aside, author argues

Gianluca Spezza January 7, 2014

Three unhelpful but common exaggerations about North Korea

‘Strange,’ ‘unpredictable’ country actually has a transparent logic to its actions

Gianluca Spezza November 20, 2013