Yeonsu Lee

Yeonsu Lee


Prior to joining the University of Leeds, I completed my BA in Political Science and International Relations at Inha University (South Korea) in 2018. I also studied at the University of Hull as an exchange student from 2016 to 2017. I obtained my master's degree in International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) in 2020.

My master’s dissertation looks at political leadership and political settlements in Rwanda and Burundi focusing on industrial policies. 

Research interests

As I was born and raised in South Korea, I am interested in international development and security issues. My research interests are non-traditional security issues (mainly environmental issues) and regional cooperation in East Asia. I am also interested in the Anthropocene in the International Relations field.

My research is currently in its early stage. My provisional thesis is about security studies and environmental politics in East Asia with the case of releasing the Fukushima treated water. Broadly, my main research interests are security studies (particularly, non-traditional security issues), environmental politics in East Asia, and international relations in East Asia.


  • MSc Development Studies (LSE)
  • BA Political Sciences and International Relations (Inha Univ.)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Global Security Challenges