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Juliette Schwak
ジュリエット シュワック

Full-time Lecturer
International Political Economy
  • B.A., M.A., Sciences Po Paris
  • Ph.D., City University of Hong Kong
jschwak[at mark]

Juliette Schwak

Biographical Statement
(August 2017)

Juliette Schwak is a Full-time Lecturer in International Relations at the Institute for International Strategy, Tokyo International University. She received her Ph.D. in International Political Economy from City University of Hong Kong in 2017. She specializes in international political economy, promotional politics and nation branding, governmentality studies, and the political economy of global development. She is committed to multidisciplinary and critical research in political economy.

She has a particular interest in the economy and society of the Republic of Korea (ROK). She has undertaken extensive field research in Korea, the Philippines and U.K. She was a visiting researcher at the Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance, De la Salle University, Manila and at the Asia Development Institute, Seoul National University.

Dr. Schwak was invited to give guest lectures at the Education University of Hong Kong (2017), City University of Hong Kong (2016); Kyungnam University, Masan, ROK (2016); Ajou University, Suwon, ROK (2016); and Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman (2015). In addition, she was invited to give guest talks at the ‘Workshop on Foreign Public Policy,’ held at Centre de Recherches Internationales (CERI), Sciences Po Paris (2017); and at the Rethinking Economics Conference 2015, University of Greenwich, U.K. (2015).

Her recent paper presentations were at the 10th International Convention of Asia Scholars (Chiang Mai, 2017); the 6th French Network for Asian Studies International Conference (Sciences Po Paris, 2017); World Congress for Korean Politics and Society, Yonsei University (Seoul, 2017); the International Studies Association Conference in Asia, The University of Hong Kong (2017); the International Studies Association Annual Convention (Baltimore, 2017); the 8th Meeting of East Asian Regional Conference in Alternative Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University (2017); the International Studies Association (ISA) Asia-Pacific Conference, City University of Hong Kong (2016); the International Communication Association Preconference on ‘Powers of Promotion: Apprehending the Social and Political Impacts of Promotional Culture’ (Tokyo, 2016); and the Tax Justice Network Workshop on ‘Should Nations Compete?’, City University of London (2015).

Her work on Korean nation branding has been published in Asian Studies Review and her work on the private sector in Korean Official Development Assistance (ODA) policies is forthcoming in Journal of Contemporary Asia. From 2014 to 2016, she was the editor of the Asia section of Perspectives Internationales, a French International Relations publication.

Dr. Schwak’s current research investigates the everyday political economy of contemporary capitalist societies and the governing power of discourses of economic competitiveness. She is particularly interested in the way neoliberal capitalism produces subjectivities and social relations that contribute to the reproduction of economic structures. In her doctoral dissertation, she has explored the way Korean citizens formulate the economic and social images of themselves in relations to global, national, and individual competitiveness.

She is also particularly interested in investigating diverse sectors that are now governed by the economic notion of competition. She is looking at the marketization of global development governance and the increasing use of psychology in development and governance projects in the Global South.

In her completed research, she has shown that the Korean development model represents a continuation rather than a shift in global development governance. Through further research on the ODA policies of new donors and emerging powers, she now investigates whether these actors seek to remold or rather to deepen the global liberal order. She is also leading a research group on nation branding and promotional politics in the Asia-Pacific.

Selected Publications of Juliette SCHWAK
(September 2017)

Doctoral Dissertation