PhD, The Australian National University
MEL, MSc, BSc, The University of Auckland
Rakhyun E. Kim, a Korean New Zealander, is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Sustainable Development Governance Programme at the UNU Institute of Advanced Studies, which he initially joined in July 2013 as a PhD Fellow.
His current research focuses on the legal and institutional dimensions of interlinked ‘planetary boundaries’ (e.g., climate change, biodiversity loss, and ocean acidification). He has a particular interest in the architecture of international environmental law and governance, with a research aim to bring fragmented institutions together for protecting the integrity of Earth’s life-support systems in the Anthropocene. He uses both qualitative and quantitative analytic methods, and has a special interest in applying complex adaptive systems theory and network analysis to international institutional arrangements.
Rak has professional affiliations with a number of other institutes including the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (an Associate Fellow), the Earth System Governance Project (a Research Fellow), and the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (a member of the steering committee of its Group of Young Professionals). He held visiting fellowships at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University and the Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam. Rak has also served as a legal advisor to an environmental NGO based in the Republic of Korea.
Rak holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the Australian National University Fenner School of Environment and Society, a Master of Environmental Law (First Class Honours) from the University of Auckland Faculty of Law, a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Auckland School of Environment. His studies were primarily supported by an ANU PhD Scholarship, a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship, and two Korea Foundation Postgraduate Studies Fellowships. Rak is a recipient of the 2013 Oran R. Young Prize.