Hyein Ellen Cho


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Gender-based violence, migration, gender equality, Asian Studies


Research activity per year

Personal profile


Hyein Ellen Cho is a lecturer in Korean Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics and a key researcher at the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre.

Her main area of expertise is on gender equality policies and practices in the Australian public sector, and gender-based violence within migrant and refugee communities in Australia. 

Ellen is also leading multiple research projects on gender and family violence that have been funded by different Australian and Korean institutions, such as the Victorian State Government, the Australian National University, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trades, the Academy of Korean Studies and Korean Women’s Development Institute.

Supervision interests

Ellen is available to supervise HDR students in the following areas:

  • gender and migration;
  • gender-based violence;
  • gender equality 
  • Migrant and refugee communities in Australia or Korea (East Asia more broadly); and
  • Australia–Korea relationships in the aspects of gender, migration and diversity.

Current supervision

  • Impacts of consuming Korean entertainment media on the gender attitudes of Australian audiences 
  • Heterosexuality in South Korea: feminists experiences of intimate relationships with men (incoming)
  • An exploration of dynamics across technology, intimacy and crime: staking as technology-facilitated coercive control focusing on South Korea (incoming)

Please contact Ellen to discuss your proposed area of study. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of her work, co-supervision across various disciplines is a viable option.

University Service

Currently serving as a member of the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (2024–present).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD

External positions

Secretary, Korean Studies Association of Australasia

2022 → …

Research area keywords

  • East Asian Diaspora
  • Family Violence
  • Migration
  • Gender and Diversity
  • Gender-based violence
  • Social Change
  • Korea-Australia relationships

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