Ilcheong YI is Senior Research Coordinator at UNRISD. He joined UNRISD in October, 2008. Born in the Republic of Korea, he was trained as both political scientist (B.A. and M.A. from the Dept. of Political Science, Seoul National University, Korea) and social policy analyst (D.Phil from Oxford University, UK). He specializes in the issues of poverty, social policy, labour policy and historical analysis of the economic and social development process. Prior to this, he was Associate Professor of Kyushu University, Japan (2004-2008), Korean Foundation Visiting Professor, Dept. of East Asian Studies of Malaya University, Malaysia (2003-2004) and Visiting Research Fellow of the Stein Rokkan Centre, Bergen University, Norway (2002-2003). He also acted as external collaborator and consultant for various field research and project development of international and national organizations such as UNRISD, ILO, JBIC and KOICA.