Patrick Flamm

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Lecturer in International Relations School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations


Teaching in 2019


  • Diplom in Political Science (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)
  • PhD in Asian Studies (University of Auckland, New Zealand)


Patrick Flamm joined Victoria University of Wellington as a Lecturer in February 2019, after completing a Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Political Science and International Relations programme in 2018-2019. He holds a PhD degree in Asian Studies from the University of Auckland and has studied International Relations at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany and Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. His research interests are identity and foreign policy, South Korean foreign policy, Antarctic politics as well as the Anthropocene in International Relations.

Research and teaching interests

  • Identity and security in International Relations
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Polar politics, particularly in the Antarctic
  • International politics of the environment and the Anthropocene
  • South Korean foreign policy

Research Projects

Patrick has recently finished a book manuscript which will be published in May 2019 as South Korean Identity and Global Foreign Policy: Dream of Autonomy with Routledge. Most recently, he is working on an assessment of the bilateral cooperation between New Zealand and South Korea with regard to Antarctic logistics, policy, and science.

Recent Publications

  • “Geopolitics and New Zealand’s Antarctic presence”, The Diplomat, 25 July 2018.
  • “Social impact of waste in South Korea”, Asia Media Centre, Asia New Zealand Foundation, 23 July 2018.
  • “No Country for Blue Helmets: South Korean Global National Identity on the Screen in 'Descendants of the Sun'”, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Vol. 16, No. 11 (3), 21 May 2018.
  • “Likely Merkel election triumph will mark the beginning of the end of her reign”, The New Zealand Herald, 21 September 2017.
  • “The EU is kaputt, long live the European Republic”, Pacific Outlier Blog, 7 August 2016.
  • “Outgrowing the Predicament? National identity and Seoul’s Dokdo-policy”, Pacific Focus, Vol. 30, No.2, August 2015.
  • (with Patrick Köllner and Philipp Olbrich) “Das politische System Südkoreas seit der Demokratisierung” [The political system of South Korea since democratisation], in: Eun-Jeung Lee and Hannes B. Mosler (eds.), Länderbericht Korea [Country Report Korea], Bonn: Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, 2015.
  • “German icons of leadership and remembrance: Lessons for Abe?”, The Asia Dialogue, University of Nottingham, 17 June 2015.
  • “Dokdo and South Korean National Identity”, The Diplomat, 26 August 2014.
  • (with David Shim) “Séoul en ascension: acteur mineur ou puissance régionale?”, Outre Terre, Vol.39, 2014, pp. 253–261.
  • (with David Shim) “Rising South Korea: A Minor Player or a Regional Power?”, Pacific Focus, Vol. 28, No. 3, 2013, pp. 384–410.


Teaching in 2019