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Television interview with France 24 - the 51%

posted May 11, 2020, 2:12 AM by Heejung Chung   [ updated May 11, 2020, 2:14 AM ]

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 it here:My interview starts at the 5:30 point

4 day week

posted Feb 25, 2020, 6:35 AM by Heejung Chung

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 Trade Unions in December of 2019 (based on the two events I've spoke at with the KFTU on this and flexible working in 2018-19) - the report has been used mostly internally for policy development purposes within the KFTU
  • I've organised an event at Kent on the 4 day week, inviting Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, as well as Andrew Barnes and Charlotte Lockhart from Perpetual Guardian+ 4 day week Global (in Feb 2020)
  • I've written a think piece for the LAB2050 - a policy think tank in Korea - through this piece: The societal changes a 4 day week can bring - in Korean but google translate does an okay job. 
  • I'm also writing a piece for the Korean Labor Institute - as a part of their Foreign Labor Brief, on the 4 day week focusing on the TUC campaign
I am hoping to get a new project on this, focusing on the perceptions of a 4 day week as well as the outcomes it can bring.

New paper on Gender norms

posted Jan 30, 2020, 1:37 AM by Heejung Chung

With Pia Schober, I've written and now published a paper on how gender norms are multi-dimensional in the SSRN paper series.
We wanted to publish it in a journal but due to a number of obstacles, we were unable to. However, we thought it is a worthwhile paper which can help others understand issues around gender norms. The paper has been used to shape the UK government's surveys on Maternity and Paternity Leave.

Downloadable for free

Chung, H. and Schober, P. S., (2019) Multidimensionality of Gender Ideology and Relationships With Gendered Practices: An Exploratory Analysis Across Europe in 2002 and 2012. SSRN Working Paper series. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3505948 

Report for the Korean Federation of Trade Unions

posted Jan 9, 2020, 8:17 AM by Heejung Chung

I've written a report for the Korean Federation of Trade Unions that summarises the 4 day week campaigns in the UK and the implication it has for Korea, and the Korean Trade Unions. It is in Korean, but anyone who is interested can ask me for a copy.

  • Chung, H. (2019) 영국의 노동시간 단축 켐페인과 한국에의 함의 (Working time reduction campaigns in the UK and its implication for Korea). 민주노총보고서. Report for the Korean Federation of Trade Unions.

New Book Chapter

posted Jan 9, 2020, 8:13 AM by Heejung Chung

A bit late in posting this, but a new book chapter published in 2019 as a part of a really interesting/important book edited by Heidi Nicolaisen, Hanne Cecilie Kavli, and Ragnhild Steen Jensen. 

Chung, H. (2019) Part-time working women’saccess to other types of flexible working-time arrangements across Europe. In: Nicolaisen H, Heidi K and Cecilie H (eds) Dualisation of Part-Time Work: The Development of Labour Market Insiders and Outsiders. Bristol: Policy Press, 109-132.

Dualisation of Part-Time Work


This book is one of the first book published in the Policy Press Book series I'm editing called Research in Comparative and Global Social Policy.
Do check it out and send us more proposals!

New Grant : GCDC PhD scholarship

posted Oct 3, 2019, 5:57 AM by Heejung Chung

With Qionglei Yu from the Kent Business School, I have been awarded a studentship as a part of Kent's Global Challenges Doctoral Centre on the project of within China migrant workers, and their work/family demands, especially in relation to the particular condition of social welfare provision in China/regional base.
We will be announcing the post soon for a 2020 September start scholarship (full UK tuition+ stipend)+ £1500/year research funding so watch this space!

New video! Can Flexible Working help reduce the gender pay gap?

posted Sep 12, 2019, 9:17 AM by Heejung Chung

Here is a new video where I summarise a whole swath of research to discuss whether introducing and expanding flexible working policies can help reduce the gender pay gap. Click below to find out!

Associate Editor for Social Policy & Administration

posted Aug 20, 2019, 7:38 AM by Heejung Chung   [ updated Aug 20, 2019, 7:40 AM ]

As of July 2019 I am one of the associate editors of the journal Social Policy & Administration.

I have been on the editorial board since 2015 for the journal.
The new role involves mostly on the dissemination of papers - ensuring that the papers published in the journal gain wider readership+attention and ultimately impacting the larger society/policies.


Longlisted for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Awards

posted Jun 19, 2019, 7:35 AM by Heejung Chung   [ updated Jun 20, 2019, 8:52 AM ]

My paper with Mariska van der Horst, who was a post doc here at Kent last year, has been nominated in the long list for the 2019 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research

The article was chosen as the top 15 articles among over 2500 articles published in 2018 in 83 leading English-language journals from around the world  reviewed by a committee of over 60 leading scholars in work family research.

Chung, H., & Van der Horst, M. (2018). Women’s employment patterns after childbirth and the perceived access to and use of flexitime and teleworking. Human Relations71(1), 47-72.  

The article also received a lot of media attention - e.g. in this New York Times article and has also helped develop flexible working policies in the EU and UK - for example, this action note by the Government Equalities Office published earlier this year. 

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!

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