May 22, 2024

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

More articles by 'Gianluca Spezza'

“Reading North Korea: an Ethnological Inquiry” – A Book Review

“Reading North Korea: an Ethnological Inquiry” – A Book Review

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

“Reading North Korea: an Ethnological Inquiry” – A Book Review
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza February 25, 2014
Assessing the impact of the UN’s human rights in North Korea report

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

Assessing the impact of the UN’s human rights in North Korea report
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza February 18, 2014
Going undercover, revealing very little

Going undercover, revealing very little

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

Going undercover, revealing very little
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza February 5, 2014
North Korea needs good ideas, not more aid

North Korea needs good ideas, not more aid

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

North Korea needs good ideas, not more aid
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza January 31, 2014
Interview: Massimo Urbani, former aid coordinator in N. Korea

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

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

Interview: Massimo Urbani, former aid coordinator in N. Korea
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza January 31, 2014
Child nutrition & medical training urgent issues in N. Korea – Zellweger

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

Child nutrition & medical training urgent issues in N. Korea – Zellweger
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza January 28, 2014
Does North Korea have welfare?

Does North Korea have welfare?

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

Does North Korea have welfare?
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza January 27, 2014
Expert: Individual catalysts can help Pyongyang develop

Expert: Individual catalysts can help Pyongyang develop

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

Expert: Individual catalysts can help Pyongyang develop
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza January 9, 2014
Learning from public space in Pyongyang

Learning from public space in Pyongyang

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

Learning from public space in Pyongyang
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza January 7, 2014
Three unhelpful but common exaggerations about North Korea

Three unhelpful but common exaggerations about North Korea

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

Three unhelpful but common exaggerations about North Korea
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza November 20, 2013