Highbury Fields, Islington


Having adopted London as my home since 2012, I live in the Highbury neighbourhood of Islington while undertaking my PhD five stops down the Piccadilly Line at LSE. You can read more about what I do at LSE on the Research page.

Before my PhD, my academic studies consisted of training in both area studies and international relations. For my undergraduate degree, I gained a first-class BA in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (Japanese Studies) at Trinity College, Cambridge, including a year abroad at Doshisha University in Kyoto. I also gained a distinction-grade MA in Korean Studies and East Asian Politics (with intensive Korean language) at SOAS, including a summer abroad at Korea University in Seoul. In preparation for my PhD, I then undertook disciplinary training in IR at LSE – focusing in particular on IR theory, as well as receiving substantial methodology training – gaining a distinction-grade MSc in International Relations (Research), funded by an ESRC 1+3 studentship.

Between these undergraduate and postgraduate studies, I attended law school and qualified as a solicitor at the London law firm Slaughter and May, where I worked as an international competition lawyer. During my legal career, I also spent time working in Dubai, Brussels and Tokyo, including a six-month secondment to the Japanese firm Anderson Mori & Tomotsune. I ultimately decided to leave the profession in order to pursue a career in academia.