This seminar examines research trends on the ‘Belt & Road Initiative’ (BRI) through the use of Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Co-word Network Analysis. Research on the BRI considers the complex interests of participating and neighbouring countries, and the way in which promotion of the BRI is related to political, economic and social issues in China. As a result, it is difficult to comprehensively understand trends in BRI research, and the countermeasures the BRI is generating in other countries. I perform SNA and Co-word Network Analysis on academic papers containing the keyword ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ in the Korea Citation Index in order to systematically analyse BRI-related knowledge sharing structures and research trends. Given the variety of perspectives of countries on the design of the BRI, I propose further research on how South Korea should respond to the political challenges posed by BRI, and the impact of BRI on the global economy.
About the speaker
Hyung-geun Kim is an associate professor of Chinese studies at Silla University, Busan, South Korea, where he teaches classes on Chinese economics and trade. He is currently a visiting fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU. Since 2014, he has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of China Area Studies (Korea Citation Index). His current research interests include China’s Belt and Road Initiative, contemporary Sino-Korean economics, and Chinese consumer markets.
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