May 22, 2024

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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, DR.dk, Newsweek Korea, and El Confidential.

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Are North Koreans ‘free’ after they defect?

Are North Koreans ‘free’ after they defect?

Scholar’s study raises questions about resettlement, ‘buying’ defectors’ freedoms

Are North Koreans ‘free’ after they defect?
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza June 9, 2014
Praying to God under the Kims’ portrait

Praying to God under the Kims’ portrait

What drives Korean evangelical groups' effort to operate conversions within North Korea and among defectors?

Praying to God under the Kims’ portrait
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza June 6, 2014
The migration mission: How Christians shape the defection process

The migration mission: How Christians shape the defection process

Scholar describes how faith-based Korean groups have made defection a ‘religious exodus’ and nationalist goal

The migration mission: How Christians shape the defection process
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza June 6, 2014
Studying North Korea’s concept of ‘rights’

Studying North Korea’s concept of ‘rights’

Expert explains how the right to regime survival outweighs any individual right in the DPRK

Studying North Korea’s concept of ‘rights’
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza May 29, 2014
The North Korean take on human rights

The North Korean take on human rights

Literature suggests the right to security outweighs individual freedom in the North

The North Korean take on human rights
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza May 29, 2014
Measuring new fields in North Korea scholarship

Measuring new fields in North Korea scholarship

Part 2 in exciting new names in North Korea scholarship path profiles studies on migration, economics, the personality cult

Measuring new fields in North Korea scholarship
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza May 16, 2014
North Korean studies, off the beaten path

North Korean studies, off the beaten path

NK News series presents emerging, lesser-known names in N. Korean studies

North Korean studies, off the beaten path
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza April 24, 2014
How change in South Korea changes the North

How change in South Korea changes the North

Book analyzes South’s moves toward democracy and resulting inter-Korean shifts

How change in South Korea changes the North
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza April 11, 2014
Engineering a look into North Korea

Engineering a look into North Korea

Irishman spends two years working in the Hermit Kingdom, offers moving personal account

Engineering a look into North Korea
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza March 20, 2014
N. Korean water infrastructure needs repairs – engineer

N. Korean water infrastructure needs repairs – engineer

Practicing Christian offers his take on Pyongyang's version of Catholic mass

N. Korean water infrastructure needs repairs – engineer
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza March 20, 2014