Sungju Han


Sungju Han
Ph.D. student

Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology
Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Tel: 0341 235 1641

Sungju Han

Research interests

My PhD project focuses on flood risk management using nature-based solutions (NBS), particularly people's perceptions. It explores the interplay of constructs surrounding the people's perception of NBS that include, but are not limited to the valuation of co-benefits, sense of place, threat appraisal, etc. I am also interested in the mainstreaming factors for NBS realization from an intercultural perspective.


Han, Sungju, and Christian Kuhlicke. "Barriers and Drivers for Mainstreaming Nature-Based Solutions for Flood Risks: The Case of South Korea." International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (2021): 1-12.

Han, Sungju, and Christian Kuhlicke. "Reducing Hydro-Meteorological Risk by Nature-Based Solutions: What Do We Know about People’s Perceptions?." Water 11.12 (2019): 2599.

Professional and Academic Career

since 10/2018

Ph.D Student at the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology at the UFZ Leipzig and Institute of  Environmental Science and Geography, University of Potsdam

• Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christian Kuhlicke, Prof. Dr. Annegret Thieken

Working title: Perceptions on Nature-based solutions in flood contexts. The research is funded by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

01/2015 - 08/2017

Researcher at the Korea Environment Institute , Sejong, Korea
Division of Climate Change and Interdisciplinary Research

09/2014 - 12/2014

10/2013 - 11/2014

London School of Economics and Political Sciences, London, UK
Department of Geography and Environment
MSc in Local Economic Development

01/2012 - 09/2013

Associate at Hyundai Asan Corporation, Seoul, Korea

03/2007 - 02/2012

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea
BA in English Linguistics & BSc in International Economics and Law

Exchange student at the Audencia Business School, Nantes, France
Specialization in International Management Consulting (2009-2010)

Completed projects

01/2016 - 09/2017

Research project on establishment of regeneration scheme for post nuclear accident in South Korea (Published by Korea Environment Institute, in Korean)

04/2016 - 10/2016

Research project on development of environmental and social safeguard policies and operational guidelines of Korea International Cooperation Agency (Published by Korea International Cooperation Agency, in Korean)

01/2015 - 12/2015

Project coordination for environmental impact assessment policy development and capacity building in  Paraguay, Indonesia and Vietnam