Steven Denney

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Steven Denney is an Asian Institute Doctoral Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and a researcher at the Innovation Policy Lab, both at the University of Toronto. He is currently completing his PhD in the Department of Political Science.

With a comparative interest in the relationship between institutions and preferences, Steven’s research focuses on variations in identity, attitudes, and behaviors in post-autocratic and transitional societies. He is currently completing his dissertation on the contemporary national identity of South Koreans and resettled North Korean migrants.

Steven also does research, consulting and policy analyst of innovation and growth of digital economy in Canada and beyond with co-chairs of the Innovation Policy Lab, Professors David Wolfe and Danny Breznitz. He has written on the financial technology ecosystem in the Toronto city-region and is currently writing on the growth of the ICT and related sectors in Toronto and other Canadian city-regions.


2016. “The Whisper in the Ear: Re-defector Press Conference as Information Management Tool,” in On Korea: Volume 8 (Korean Economic Institute).

2016. Identité nationale et nationalisme nord-coréens [North Korean national identity and nationalism], Korea Analysis no. 11, pp. 40-44.

2016. “Kim Jong-un and the Practice of Songun Politics,” with Christopher Green and Adam Cathcart, Change and Continuity in North Korean Politics, Adam Cathcart et al. (eds.) (Routledge, 2016).

2016. “Pockets of Efficiency: An Institutional Approach to Economic Reform and Development,” with Christopher Green, Change and Continuity in North Korean Politics, Adam Cathcart et al. (eds.) (Routledge, 2016).

2016. «Hell Chosun», expression de l’insatisfaction de la jeunesse sudcoréenne [“Hell Chosen:]” Expressions of Dissatisfaction among South Korean Youth], Korea Analysis no. 9, pp. 42-45.