Gil-Soo Han

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

1994 …2023
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Personal profile


I was educated in Korea, India and Australia. I taught at the University of New England and the Monash University School of Rural Health. I joined the School in January 2008, after completing my term as Head of Arts at the Monash University Sunway Campus, Malaysia.

My disciplinary training is sociological, but I greatly appreciate anthropological and historical insights in my teaching and research. Throughout my academic career, my research “subjects”/participants have been from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people; or the disadvantaged, such as immigrants, overseas trained professionals, and rural population. In my research into these populations, there have been 3 key sources of evidence for analysis. They are: (1) the study of participants' experiences; (2) how they represent themselves in, or how they are represented by, the media; and (3) how their life is enabled and restrained by socio-cultural/economic factors. This is reflected in my research publications where ethnic, local and national media representations are critical sources of empirical data.

Joining Monash Communications & Media Studies in 2008, I have continued my sociological insights and extended to the study of Communications & Media. I have well embraced the very broad definition of Communication which regards human relations and interactions as the product of how humans (un)successfully communicate with each other. For example, how immigrants are well integrated is a matter of how the host society and immigrants are willing to or (un)successfully communicate with each other. The major publications along this line include “Korean Diaspora and Media in Australia: In search of identities” (2012), “Nouveau-rich Nationalism and Multiculturalism in Korea” (2016) and “Minorities and Media in Australia: Producers, Industries, Audiences” (Co-Ed 2017).

My research impact and contributions beyond Communications & Media research, prior to and post 2008, is international and cumulative. I have been an invited panel speaker at national and international conferences. Of equal importance is my engagement with the Korean community in Australia where I am often invited to deliver lectures to the Korean community in Australia, speaking on topics of interest to the public, teachers, future leaders, the clergy etc.

I have published 4 sole-authored, 1 co-authored & 1 co-edited books, over 70 peer reviewed book chapters/journal articles. Several journal articles were invited contributions. Since 2012, I have developed my special interest about funerals and memorialisation going through changes in Korea and Australia. I have recently published a paper, “Funeral capitalism” in Korean Studies (Univ of Hawaii). I am currently working on “Funeral Rites in Contemporary Korea; The Business of Death” (Contracted with Springer, to be published in 2019).


PhD (University of New England), MA, Hons (University of New England), MA Soc (Jawaharlal Nehru University), BA (Sungkyul University)

Research interests

Gil-Soo Han has researched and published in the areas of religion, ethnicity, health and illness, and information, communication and media. His research pursuit is centred on intersections between individual members of society and diverse socio-economic institutions & structure in the fast changing society. In addition to four books, one co-authored book and one edited volume, he published seventy journal articles and book chapters. If you wish to undertake a higher degree research project please feel free to contact me. I am particularly interested in the areas of sociology of media and religion; health communication; ethnic studies; Korean studies; and health sociology.


Research Projects

I am currently leading an international project, Local Agency and Naiontal Responses to Globalisation: The South Korean Case in Comparative, Transnational and Diasporic Perspective, funded by The Academy of Korean Studies' Laboratory Program for Korean Studies (AU$1.87M, 2018-2023). Other CIs include Professors Timothy Lim, Jaeeun Kim, Erin Chung, Nora Kim, Seungsook Moon and Kyungja Jung.

Supervision interests

Potential doctoral candidates are welcome to get in touch with me through my email -

Monash teaching commitment

ATS2250 Communications and Cultures in the Global Era [Intercultural Communications]

ATS3760 Global Communications


  • Ethnic Media
  • Religious Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • grassroots nationalism in Korea

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Projects 2004 2023

Research Output 1994 2019

Men's weight loss stories: How personal confession, responsibility and transformation work as social control

Couch, D. L., Han, G-S., Robinson, P. & Komesaroff, P. A., 1 Jan 2019, In : Health. 23, 1, p. 76-96 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Association between malaria incidence and meteorological factors: a multi-location study in China, 2005-2012

Xiang, J., Hansen, A., Liu, Q., Tong, M. X., Liu, X. B., Sun, Y., Cameron, S., Hanson-Easey, S., Han, G-S., Williams, C. R., Weinstein, P. & Bi, P., 2018, In : Epidemiology and Infection. 146, p. 89-99 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

China's capacity of hospitals to deal with infectious diseases in the context of climate change

Tong, M. X., Hansen, A., Hanson-Easey, S., Xiang, J., Cameron, S., Liu, Q., Liu, X., Sun, Y., Weinstein, P., Han, G. S. & Bi, P., 1 Jun 2018, In : Social Science and Medicine. 206, p. 60-66 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Impact of meteorological factors on hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome in 19 cities in China, 2005–2014

Xiang, J., Hansen, A., Liu, Q., Tong, M. X., Liu, X., Sun, Y., Cameron, S., Hanson-Easey, S., Han, G. S., Williams, C. R., Weinstein, P. & Bi, P., 15 Sep 2018, In : Science of the Total Environment. 636, p. 1249-1256 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

My own business, not my children’s: negotiating funeral rites and the mobility and communication juncture among Chinese migrants in Melbourne

Han, G. S., Forbes-Mewett, H. & Yang Wang, W., 23 May 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Mobilities. p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Friend of the African Community

Gil-Soo Han (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Good Practice in Teaching, Monash University, 2007

Gil-Soo Han (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)