I am a labour market & welfare state researcher and Associate Professor/tenured (Senior Lecturer) 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. Recently 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

I am the co-editor of the new Policy Press Book series Research in Comparative and Global Social Policy, on the Editorial Board for the journal Social Policy & Administration, the Journal of Korean Welfare State and Social Policy (JKWS), and the co-lead of the WFRN special interest group Economic and Public Policy. I serve on the executive-board of the Korean Association of Social Policy, and on the foreign advisory board for the Critical Welfare Association in Korea... and I am a mom of a four year old. 

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.


  • Promotion to Reader I've just heard news that I will be promoted to Reader this coming autumn. Many thanks for everyone's support in this!
    Posted Jun 9, 2017, 7:27 AM by Heejung Chung
  • Work Autonomy, Flexibility and Work-life balance final conference registration open! Academic Conference: Flexible working a way of the future? 22nd of May, 2017, New Academic Building, London School of Economics, LondonThis workshop brings internationally renowned scholars from across different ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2017, 6:01 AM by Heejung Chung
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  e-mail: H.Chung(at)Kent.ac.uk
  tel: +44-1227-82-3624
  Faculty of Social Sciences
  University of Kent
  Canterbury Kent, CT2 7NF
  United Kingdom