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Dr Jihyun Lee

Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department of Geography
University College London
North-West Wing
Gower Street


Thesis: Going global? International students, UK higher education and the pursuit of an international career

Her doctoral research focused on how the meanings of international student mobility diverge according to the characteristics of individual students and different higher education institutions in the UK. She is interested in aspects of international/transnational higher education, mobilities and migration.

Jihyun has completed her PhD in Human Geography at University College London under the supervision of Professor Johanna Waters and Professor Rachel Brooks (2017-2021). She was a Research Assistant at the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) (Summer 2017). Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked in Paris as a consultant for the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) at UNESCO (2015-2016). She holds a MSc degree in Education (Comparative and International Education) from the University of Oxford (2014-2015). She is presently appointed as an Inclusivity Officer at the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) Postgraduate Forum (2021-2022).

Lee, J. (2021a). A future of endless possibilities? Institutional habitus and international students’ post-study aspirations and transitions. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 42(3), 404–418.

Lee, J. (2021b). When the world is your oyster: international students in the UK and their aspirations for onward mobility after graduation. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 1–14.

Lee, J. (2021c, April 11). Why Do We (Still) Care about International Student Mobility in the UK? [Medium].

Lee, J. and Yu, Y. Academic writing practice: challenges and solutions for doctoral students, UCL Changemakers & Centre for Higher Education Studies, University College London, UK, May 28, 2021

Lee, J. A future of infinite possibilities? Institutional differences in configuring aspirations and transitions, Comparative and International Education (CIES) annual conference, Miami, USA, March 15–April 2020

Lee, J. Transitional and transnational opportunities? The motivations and higher education choices of non-EU international students in the UK, The Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographer (RGS-IBG) annual conference, London, UK, August 28–30, 2019

Lee, J. Transitional and transnational opportunities? Higher education choices of non-EU international students in the UK, ‘Students in Changing Higher Education Landscapes’ conference, University of Surrey, UK, June 14, 2019

Jihyun was a postgraduate teaching assistant for a core module ‘Issues in Global Migration’ for masters students in the Department of Geography and convened a Bourdieu reading group for students at different stages of their PhD based in the Institute of Education.