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Hyeyoon Park is a postdoctoral fellow in Political Science at Lund University. Her research interests pertain to global environmental governance and policies, with specific attention to norm dynamics induced by international power politics and global inequalities.

Her PhD dissertation research focused on the rise of China and its impact on transparency norm development in global extractives governance (oil, gas, metals, and mineral sectors), drawing on realist constructivism in International Relations. Extended from this research, she explores how global environmental norms are developed through great power politics and regime complexes and how those global norms affect nature and marginalized communities on the ground, particularly in the global South. In so doing, she aims to contribute to debates on the legitimacy and accountability of global governance.

At Lund University, as part of a FORMA’s interdisciplinary project, she investigates multilevel governance on green finance and investments in decarbonising energy-intensive natural resource-based industries and policymakers’ role in the climate transition towards a low-carbon society.

Her main teaching expertise spans International Relations and Global Environmental Politics. She has taught several undergraduate-level courses in Political Science at Colorado State University in the U.S. (2019-2021).


Hyeyoon Park received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Colorado State University, M.A. in Political Science from Free University of Berlin, and B.A. in Political Science and Diplomacy (major) and Law (minor) from Yonsei University in Seoul. She is a research fellow of the Earth System Governance Project and a former policy researcher at Korea Environment Institute.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

UKÄ subject classification

  • Political Science

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  • Global environmental politics
  • Global governance and norm contestation
  • Green transition policies


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