New Special Issue in Social Indicators Research

posted Apr 3, 2019, 3:05 AM by Heejung Chung   [ updated Apr 3, 2019, 3:06 AM ]

 New special issue published

Social Indicators Research Special Issue on Flexible Working, Work life balance and Gender Equality – edited with Tanja van der Lippe from Utrecht University.

This special issue brings together colleagues from across Europe and US and disciplines across sociology, social policy, and economics to examine the gendered outcomes of flexible working, what it means to work life balance and gender equality. Finally it examines what need to happen if flexible working is to help reduce gender gaps rather than further traditionalise gender roles.

See below for the complete list of papers – many are open access!

New Paper

posted Apr 3, 2019, 2:35 AM by Heejung Chung

New Paper published in Korean!

Chung, Heejung/정희정 (2019) Why Flexible Working Alone Will Not Fix Pressing Issues of Work-Life Balance and Gender Equality / 일·생활 균형 및 성평등 현안과 유연근로제의 한계. Global Social Security Review 국제사회보장리뷰, 8 . pp. 49-60. (open access)

WFRN executive board member

posted Feb 1, 2019, 2:32 AM by Heejung Chung

I am happy to announce that I will be a member of the Work Families Researchers' Network executive board from March 2019 till 2020.
Other elected members include
Susan Lambert (2019-2020)
Vice President
Tanja van der Lippe (2019-2020)
Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth (2018-2019)
Executive Committee
Naomi Gerstel (2017-2019)
Erin Kelly (2016-2019)
Laura den Dulk (2019-2020)
Heejung Chung (2019-2020)
Melissa Milkie (2019-2021)
Krista Lynn Minnotte (2019-2021)

For more about WFRN please see

New grant funding

posted Jan 22, 2019, 1:58 AM by Heejung Chung

I've just been awarded a grant from the UK Government Equalities Office to examine how shared care between fathers and mothers influence well-being outcomes for families - namely for mothers, fathers, and children. This project will run from Dec 2018 to September 2019 and is a collaboration with Pierre Walthery from the Centre for Time Use, Oxford University.

Watch this space for more on this project!

ESPAnet board member

posted Jan 14, 2019, 8:42 AM by Heejung Chung

Hello all
I'm happy to announced that I have been recently invited to take part in the European Social Policy Analysis Network executive board.

I will be serving from December 2018 till the end of 2024, for five years.
Please do check out ESPAnet and do come to our next conference in Stockholm in September!

New book chapters

posted Jul 2, 2018, 2:05 AM by Heejung Chung   [ updated Jul 2, 2018, 2:06 AM ]

Two book chapters based on the Welfare State Futures project have been published.

  • Heejung ChungEmail author
  • Maša Filipovič Hrast
  • Tatjana Rakar
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First Online: 28 June 2018


Preferences for future care arrangements are rooted in current care provision as well as ongoing debates, but also indicate dissatisfaction with and limits to the existing care regimes. In Norway, childcare debates are about the equal division of parental leave, in Germany, about the recognition of women’s unpaid work, in the UK, about the importance of cutting costs and using childcare to encourage women into paid work, and in Slovenia about the need for affordable childcare to enable families to survive. Debates about eldercare focus more on the desirability of family care in richer countries and on excessive costs in poorer ones.

The balance between economic and social framings varies. In the UK and Slovenia the primary concerns are economic and to do with costs and parental opportunities in the labour market. In the other countries social arguments about gender equality, the recognition of women’s contribution and the quality of care also emerge.


Work-life balance Care regime Childcare Gender Older care Social care Eldercare Work Emotional labour Care quality Cost 

  • Katharina ZimmermannEmail author
  • Heejung Chung
  • Jan-Ocko Heuer
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First Online: 28 June 2018


Labour market issues were a major topic of discussion in all countries, but different aspects attracted attention: in Germany the key issues were precarious work, poor job conditions at the bottom end and the balance between work and family life; in the UK the strong work-first ethos dominated discussion; issues surrounding flexicurity (the cost of active labour market support and the extent of security) emerged in Denmark; and in Slovenia unemployment and living standards were the main focus. Immigrants were seen in different ways—as providing younger workers to balance ageing populations in Norway and Denmark, as requiring skill training and integration in Germany and as unwelcome competitors for jobs in the UK.

Social investment is valued everywhere for different reasons: for realigning the skills provided by education with those required by the market in Denmark; for producing more productive workers in the UK and Slovenia and enhancing opportunities so that individuals can take more responsibility for outcomes in the UK; and as compensating for inequalities in education and enhancing women’s opportunities in Germany.


Labour market Inequality Work ethic Work first Responsibility Unemployment Skills Social investment Inequality Training Opportunity Precarity Gender 

Special Issue of Social Policy & Administration

posted Jun 7, 2018, 6:38 AM by Heejung Chung   [ updated Jun 7, 2018, 6:38 AM ]

Along with Peter Taylor-Gooby, I have edited a special issue of the Social Policy & Administration journal bringing together four projects from the NORFACE Welfare State Futures grant that deals with welfare attitudes using advanced/state of the art techniques 

Many of the articles are open access!

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    Volume 52, Issue 4
    Political legitimacy and welfare state futures
    Pages: 835-927
    July 2018


Free Access

Issue Information

    • First Published: 03 June 2018


    Open Access

    Political legitimacy and welfare state futures: Introduction

    • Pages: 835-846
    • First Published: 24 April 2018

    Changing public support for welfare sanctioning in Britain and the Netherlands: A persuasion experiment

    • Pages: 847-861
    • First Published: 25 April 2018

    How to retrench the welfare state: Attitudes in the general population

    • Pages: 862-879
    • First Published: 25 April 2018
    Open Access

    The politics of credit claiming: Rights and recognition in health policy feedback

    • Pages: 880-894
    • First Published: 24 April 2018
    Open Access

    Migrants' support for welfare state spending in Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands

    • Pages: 895-913
    • First Published: 25 April 2018
    Open Access

    The contribution of deliberative forums to studying welfare state attitudes: A United Kingdom study

    • Pages: 914-927
    • First Published: 25 April 2018

    Impact on UK's family policies

    posted Apr 9, 2018, 3:27 AM by Heejung Chung   [ updated Apr 16, 2018, 3:11 AM ]

    My ESRC project findings have been used as evidence for the Women & Equalities Select Committee's report on fathers and the workplace to inform policy about the right to request flexible working. More specifically, it touches upon the work regarding flexibility stigma and work cultures. Link to the report here.
    The project has also help shape the position of other groups crucial to this proposal such as Working Families - Jonathan Swan has been a part of the Work Autonomy Flexibility and work life balance project since the beginning of the project.

    New reports out

    posted Feb 22, 2018, 6:12 AM by Heejung Chung   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 6:26 AM ]

    I've recently published two reports which also links to my project on flexible working

    The first is a report for the Estonian Parliament/Government as a part of their Future of Work project/taken place with the EU Estonian Presidency.
    This reports looks at the developments of flexible working in Estonia to anticipate future scenarios of what work will look like in Estonia in the future and possible policy adaptations needed.

    This second report is from the Chartered Management Institute's project on gender diversity in workplaces in the UK. It sets out six major themes that are pertinent in ensuring that workplaces enable women into senior management roles. One of the key themes was flexible working which heavily relies on the findings of my ESRC project. I have also help shape the survey which was used as a basis for this report.

    New Publication

    posted Feb 5, 2018, 11:41 PM by Heejung Chung   [ updated Feb 5, 2018, 11:43 PM ]

    New publication from the Work Autonomy, Flexibility and Work-life Balance project

    Dualization and the access to occupational family-friendly working-time arrangements across Europe


    Heejung Chung


    This article examines outsiders' relative access to occupational level family-friendly policies. I use data from the European Working Conditions Survey of 2015 across 30 European countries examining workers' access to two types of family-friendly working-time arrangements (WTAs): flexitime, and time off work for personal reasons. The article focuses on women with care responsibilities given that their demands for family-friendly policies, as well as their outcomes, have been shown to be distinct from the rest of the working population. In addition to the outsider definition used in the labor market dualization and occupational segmentation literature, i.e., low-skilled workers and those without a permanent contract, this article also defines outsiders as those perceiving their job as insecure. The results of the analysis show a segmentation between workers in their access to family-friendly policies. Unlike statutory policies, occupational policies seem to be selectively provided mostly to workers where employers have a vested interest, i.e., insiders, resulting in a dualized system for most countries. However, rather than their contract status, the skill-level of the job/workers, and their perceived insecurity were found to be important. The results further show that although Northern European and some continental European countries are those where family-friendly WTAs are more readily available, it is in these countries where the division between insiders and outsiders is the greatest. The results of the article contribute to the literature by showing a need to move beyond the national level when examining family-friendly policies, and to examine a more diverse definition of outsiders when examining dualization of working conditions.

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