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 for the Advanced Study of Sustainability. His PhD thesis, Unravelling the Maze of Multilateral Environmental Agreements: A Macroscopic Analysis of International Environmental Law and Governance for the Anthropocene, was externally examined and ‘passed with no corrections’. Rak has a number of publications on international environmental law and governance which have appeared in journals such as Global Environmental Change, International Environmental Agreements, Transnational Environmental Law, and Review of European Community and International Environmental Law. A part of his PhD thesis was awarded the inaugural Oran R. Young Prize in 2013.
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, McGill University (Associate Fellow), the Earth System Governance Project (Research Fellow), the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (member of the steering committee of its Group of Young Professionals), the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba (Visiting Research Fellow), and the International Development Law Organization (In-Country Researcher). 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 (Geography) and a Bachelor of Science (Geography) 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.