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Albert Sanghoon Park works on the intersection between social science and public policy. His latest project examines resilience policy in sustainable development. Placing national approaches to resilience policy in comparative perspective, it explores new strategies or paths for multilateral policy coordination. In bringing together perspectives across the Global North and Global South, it sheds light on deeper political and epistemic challenges faced in building resilience for sustainable development and effective climate action.
This new project on resilience policy in sustainable development builds on doctoral work on the politics of knowledge production. Viewed through historical linkages between development studies and development policy, this parallel research strand illustrates unexpected ways in which 'ideas matter'. Emphasising the political role of universities, this multidisciplinary intellectual history is partly enabled by Albert's own background. Prior to joining ODID, Albert taught at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Centre of Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. In addition to a MPhil, PhD (Cambridge) in Development Studies, Albert holds a BSc (MIT) in Materials Science and Engineering. An advocate of grounded theory and practical engagement, Albert has written on development policy and knowledge production for ASEAN, the UN, and the WTO. Prior to academia, he worked for five years in international trade, manufacturing, and investments.