I am a labour market & welfare state researcher and Reader in Sociology and Social Policy, at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent, UK. 

My research interest lies in examining different labour market patterns and outcomes across European welfare states, focusing mostly on flexibility at work, work-life balance, and job/employment insecurity. Check out my recent publications here. I've been awarded the ESRC Future Leader's Award to carry out research on the relationship between schedule control and work-family conflict, and the importance of contexts in this. (read more) More recently, I've been awarded a grant from the UK Cabinet Office to explore how division of care among parents influence the well-being of families.

I am the co-editor of the new Policy Press Book series Research in Comparative and Global Social Policy, an Associate Editor for the journal Social Policy & Administration, on the editorial board for the Journal of Korean Welfare State and Social Policy (JKWS), on the executive board of the European Social Policy analysis network, and the Work Families Researcher network, and the co-lead of the WFRN special interest group Economic and Public Policy, a member of the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Awards committee... and I am a mom of a eight year old, a tuxedo cat, and a Bulgarian street dog, used to sing in a soul choir and now play bass for an punk/grunge band. (and a strong believer that one must have a balance between work/love and play and deliberate rest)

If you are interested in any of my research please contact me.
Also email me if you are interested in doing your MA/Ph.D./post-doc research with me - There are several PhD funding opportunities at SSPSSR and also some funding opportunities for post doctoral fellowships.


  • Television interview with France 24 - the 51% I've done an interview with France 24 the 51%- with Annette Young, on whether the Covid19 lockdown will result in increasing gender inequality in the division of housework. See ...
    Posted May 11, 2020, 2:14 AM by Heejung Chung
  • 4 day week I've been writing about moving to a 4 day working week mostly in Korean.This has been done through the report I have written for the Korean Federation of ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2020, 6:35 AM by Heejung Chung
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  Faculty of Social Sciences
  University of Kent  Canterbury Kent, CT2 7NF
  United Kingdom