Young Rae Choi

Assistant Professor

Global and Sociocultural Studies

Office: SIPA 308

Phone: 305-348-7469


Curriculum Vitae


I am a human-environmental geographer with interests in the field of marine and coastal governance and in East Asian studies. Using political ecology and critical political economy, my research interrogates the complexity and interwoveness of development-conservation relations with a geographical focus on East Asia. My past projects include political economy of coastal reclamation in South Korea and China, sustainability controversies around eco-cities built on reclaimed land in China, the emergence of neoliberal fisheries and fishing communities, and the spatial rationalities of the Blue Economy. My current projects include modern history of South Korea's tidal flats (getbol), global-scale analysis of urban coastal reclamation 2000-2020, and the politics of Spartina, invasive coastal plant, in the Yellow Sea. My work has been published in various venues, including Environment & Planning E, Political Geography, Dialogues in Human Geography, Ocean & Coastal Management, and Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Areas of Expertise

Marine and Coastal Governance, Political Ecology, East Asia


Ohio State University. Ph.D. 2015
University of Oxford. MSc. 2005
Seoul National University. BSc. 2003