Dr Isaac Lee

Senior Lecturer

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56431


Dr. Lee has been trained in applied linguistics in MA, critical curriculum study in PhD and has conducted researches in critical analysis of language (English and Korean and Chinese) textbooks and curriculum, postcolonial drama in Korea, language policy, multiculturalism in the school curriculum, North Korean defectors, North Korean education and school curriculum. He has published one monograph in a prestigious international publisher, 35 journal articles and book chapters, and one co-authored book. His researches cover not only the language (English and Korean and Chinese) in the school curriculum of South Korea, North Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Australia, and China, but also covers overseas Korean identity issues in North Korea, Japan, China, and Australia. Recently he has expanded his research towards environmental (sustainable green ideology) issues in the school curriculum (including textbooks) in Korea, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Australia, and South-East Asian countries. He is also conducting his research on Australian missionaries' contribution to the modernity of Korea (1899-the 1970s).

Research Interests

  • Critical analysis of textbooks and curriculum (Korean, or English textbooks)
  • Curriculum and Multiculturalism in South Korea
  • Korean Diasporas in China, Australia and Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan)
  • Settlement of North Koreans in South Korea, and overseas.
  • Postcolonial drama in South Korea and North Korea
  • Language policy in Korea: dialects and standards

Research Impacts

Dr Lee’s research in Korean/English/ Chinese language textbooks, Korean identity, North Korean education, postcolonial drama, and multiculturalism North Korean studies is significantly well-known, which opened invitations to numerous workshops, conferences and guest speakers in South Korea and China.


  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • MA, The University of Queensland
  • BA, PNU


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2023) Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • 이동배 Lee, Dongbae (2014). 호주 내 북한이탈주민의 정착 현황. 21세기 디아스포라 북한이탈주민. (pp. 212-246) edited by Bok-suk Kim , Joseph Cho , Gil-sang Lee, Myeong-suk Bae, Dong-bae Lee, Wan-beom Lee and Yun-yeong Kim. Bundang, Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea: 한국학중앙연구원출판부 [The Academy of Korean Studies Press].

  • Lee, Dong bae (2005). New ideologies of everyday life in South Korean language textbooks. Struggles over Difference: Curriculum, Texts and Pedagogy in the Asia-Pacific. (pp. 117-130) edited by Y. Nozaki, R. Openshaw and A. Luke. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Journal Article

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.