About Dr Ki-Sung Kwak

Dr Ki-Sung Kwak’s main research interests are mass media in Asia, comparative media, and media policy & implementation. He published widely on media and communication in East Asia.

Dr Ki-Sung Kwak joined the University of Sydney in 1998. He received his Master of Arts degree in communication from the University of Canberra, and a PhD in media studies, Victoria University, Melbourne. His PhD thesis titled ‘The Role of the State in Television Broadcasting in Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea (1996)’, was awarded the 1997 Postgraduate Award by the Department of Communication and Cultural Studies, Victoria University.

Dr Kwak’s research has been published in journals such as Gazette: International Journal for Communication Studies, Television and New Media, Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, Media International Australia, Asia Pacific Media Educator, and the Journal of Australian Studies.

During his academic career, he has conducted a number of commissioned research projects for both the Korean and Australian government and media organisations, such as Australia-Korea Foundation, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Korean Press Foundation (Korea), Korean Broadcasting Institute (Korea), Korean Economy Institute of America (USA).

Selected publications

  • Restructuring the Satellite Television Industry in Japan”, Television and New Media, Sage, London. Vol.9:1, 2008, pp.62-84
  • ‘The Regulation of Pay Television in East Asia: A Comparative Study’, Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, University of Westminster, London Vol.4:3, 2007, pp.88-107.
  • ‘Media Self-regulation in Australia’, Press Arbitration Journal (in Korean), Press Arbitration Commission, Seoul, 2007. No.103, pp.64-75
  • ‘Democratisation and Changing State-Media Relations in South Korea’, in Michael Bromley & Angela Romano (eds),  Journalism and Democracy in Asia, RoutledgeCurzon, London, 2005. pp.123-134.
  • ‘Cable Television and Democracy in Taiwan and South Korea’, in Michael Bromley & Angela Romano (eds), Journalism and Democracy in Asia, RoutledgeCurzon, London, 2005. pp.135-147. – co-authored with Rodney Tiffen
  • ‘Civil Society As the Fifth Estate: Civil Society, Media Reform and Democracy in South Korea’, in Philip Kitley (ed),  Television, Regulation and Civil Society in Asia, RoutledgeCurzon, London, 2003, pp.226-245
  • Mass Media in Australia (in Korean), Communications Books, Seoul, 2001. (ISBN: 89-8499-037-X)
  • ‘Context of the Regulation of Television Broadcasting in East Asia’, Gazette: International Journal for Communication Studies, Sage, London, Vol.61:3/4, 1999, pp.255-273.
  • ‘The Role of the State in the Regulation of Television Broadcasting in South Korea’, Media International Australia incorporating Culture & Policy, Australian Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy, Brisbane, No.92, 1999, pp.65-79.
  • A Country Too Far: Representation of Australia in Korea Since the 1980s. Centre for the Study of Australia-Asia Relations, Griffith University, Brisbane, 1998. (ISBN: 0 86857 924 6)