James Hammond

Professor of Geophysics at Birbeck, University of London

James Hammond is Professor of Geophysics at Birkbeck, University of London. He has worked on using seismology to image magma beneath volcanic settings, with projects in East-Africa, the Chilean Andes and northeast China and the Korean Peninsula. He leads the Mount Paektu Research Centre: a group working to build international scientific collaborations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.


In an increasingly complex geopolitical climate where international sanctions are not uncommon, this paper investigates the unintended impacts of sanctions on scientific collaboration based on the author’s experiences of collaborative research at a time of sanction development and implementation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.


Collaboration between Western scientists and scientists in the DPRK and Eritrea demonstrates that international scientific cooperation can overcome even the most obstructive political complications.