Top Finalist for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research

posted Sep 11, 2017, 7:55 AM by Heejung Chung

Heejung's article "Gender discrepanies in the outcomes of schedule control on overtime hours and income in Germany" has been selected as one of five finalists for the annual Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research. The finalists were nominated and reviewed by over 60 leading scholars and chosen from over 2500 articles published in 65 leading English-language journals from around the world. The winner will be announced at the Boston College Workforce Roundtable Meeting in October. This ESRC funded project paper gathered approximately 0.5 million pounds worth of news coverage across more than 15 countries in dozen different languages with an estimated reach of 30million people.

New publication: Women's employment & flexible working

posted Sep 1, 2017, 6:46 AM by Heejung Chung   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 6:48 AM ]

A new publication out from the WAFproject

Click below for the article - no paywall!

Women’s employment patterns after childbirth and the perceived access to and use of flexitime and teleworking

First Published August 17, 2017 Research Article


This article sets out to investigate how flexitime and teleworking can help women maintain their careers after childbirth. Despite the increased number of women in the labour market in the UK, many significantly reduce their working hours or leave the labour market altogether after childbirth. Based on border and boundary management theories, we expect flexitime and teleworking can help mothers stay employed and maintain their working hours. We explore the UK case, where the right to request flexible working has been expanded quickly as a way to address work–life balance issues. The dataset used is Understanding Society (2009–2014), a large household panel survey with data on flexible work. We find some suggestive evidence that flexible working can help women stay in employment after the birth of their first child. More evidence is found that mothers using flexitime and with access to teleworking are less likely to reduce their working hours after childbirth. This contributes to our understanding of flexible working not only as a tool for work–life balance, but also as a tool to enhance and maintain individuals’ work capacities in periods of increased family demands. This has major implications for supporting mothers’ careers and enhancing gender equality in the labour market.

New publication out: Crowding out or in, and for whom?

posted Aug 4, 2017, 7:53 AM by Heejung Chung   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 6:47 AM ]

A new publication, as a part of the ESRC funded Work, Autonomy, Flexibility and Work-life balance project out!

Chung, H. (2017/forthcoming) National-level family policies and workers' access to schedule control in a European comparative perspective: Crowding out or in, and for whom? Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis/ Special Issue on Methodological challenges for comparative welfare state research-  guest editors Rossella Ciccia and Jana Javornik

Pages 1-22 | Received 01 Oct 2016, Accepted 24 Jun 2017, Published online: 04 Aug 2017


    This paper examines national-level family policies in a comparative perspective, to see whether they “crowd out” company-level family-friendly policies, namely schedule control. Further, it examines whether this relationship varies for different types of family policies, and for different groups of workers – i.e. distinguished by gender, parenthood status and skill divisions. The paper uses data from 27 European countries in 2010, and applies multilevel random slopes models with cross-level interaction terms. Results show that generous national-level family policies, in particular work-facilitating policies, “crowd in” company-level schedule control provisions, especially for high-skilled workers. However, very generous leave entitlements seem to crowd out schedule control provision.

New book: After Austerity - Oxford University Press

posted Jul 18, 2017, 5:23 AM by Heejung Chung   [ updated Sep 4, 2017, 2:00 PM ]

Our book is now available online with Google Books, and is available to order from Oxford University Press.



Published: 10 August 2017

256 Pages


ISBN: 9780198790266

Also Available As:


Cover for   After Austerity

After Austerity

Welfare State Transformation in Europe after the Great Recession

Edited by Peter Taylor-GoobyBenjamin Leruth, and Heejung Chung

  • Provides essential material to help understand a rapidly changing field
  • Provides a multidisciplinary approach
  • Features contributions from leading figures
  • Features analysis and considerations for future scenarios

Promotion to Reader

posted Jun 9, 2017, 7:27 AM by Heejung Chung

I've just heard news that I will be promoted to Reader this coming autumn. Many thanks for everyone's support in this!

Work Autonomy, Flexibility and Work-life balance final conference registration open!

posted Mar 9, 2017, 8:36 AM by Heejung Chung   [ updated Apr 4, 2017, 6:01 AM ]

Academic Conference: Flexible working a way of the future? 

22nd of May, 2017, New Academic Building, London School of Economics, London

This workshop brings internationally renowned scholars from across different disciplines – e.g., economics, sociology, business, organisational studies – and across the world – such as the US, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK, to discuss key emerging themes surrounding flexible working.


Policy Conference - Flexible Working: Time for a Reflection?

23rd of May, 2017, New Academic Building, London School of Economics, London

This workshop is the final dissemination conference of the WAF project where the access to and outcomes of flexible working has been examined using UK and European data. There will be a launch of the final report from the project, alongside three round table discussions focusing on some of the key areas surrounding flexible working and its outcomes.

New Publication: European Parents' attitude towards public childcare provision

posted Nov 15, 2016, 9:02 AM by Heejung Chung   [ updated Nov 15, 2016, 9:04 AM ]

European Parents' attitude towards public childcare provision

Authors: Heejung Chung (University of Kent) & Bart Meuleman (University of Leuven)

European Societies  

First published online : 20th of October 2016

New Publication: Gender Discrepancies in the Outcomes of Schedule Control on Overtime Hours and Income in Germany

posted Sep 13, 2016, 2:22 AM by Heejung Chung   [ updated Sep 13, 2016, 2:22 AM ]

Gender Discrepancies in the Outcomes of Schedule Control on Overtime Hours and Income in Germany

European Sociological Review (2016)

doi: 10.1093/esr/jcw032
First published online: August 17, 2016
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Schedule control can have both positive—e.g., increased income—and negative outcomes—e.g., increased overtime. Here our core interest is whether there are gender discrepancies in these outcomes. Given the different ways in which schedule control can be used, and perceived to be used by men and women, their outcomes are also expected to be different. This is examined using the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) (2003–2011), and panel regression models. The results show that schedule control is associated with increases in overtime and income—but only for men. Women in full-time positions also increase their overtime hours when using schedule control; yet, they do not receive similar financial rewards. The results of this study provide evidence to show that increases in schedule control has the potential to traditionalize gender roles by increasing mainly men’s working hours, while also adding to the gender pay gap.


This paper has received quite a lot of media attention: see media for more.

New Policy Press Book Series: Research in Comparative & Global Social Policy

posted Jul 7, 2016, 7:40 AM by Heejung Chung

New Series from Policy Press: Research in Comparative and Global Social Policy
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Series Editors: Heejung Chung, University of Kent, UK
Alexandra Kaasch, University of Bielefeld, Germany and 
Stefan Kühner, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
“Edited by excellent scholars, this book series is a timely attempt to create an interdisciplinary and truly global dialog between academic researchers and international organizations involved in social policy.” Daniel Béland, Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

“Global goals and supranational agreements increasingly shape domestic social policies: this welcome series promises in-depth country and comparative analyses that should stimulate critical reflection and provide much-needed evidence to inform national and trans-national policy choices.” Sarah Cook, Director, UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti Research Centre 
Policy Press is delighted to announce a new series on Research in Comparative and Global Social Policy 

In a world that is rapidly changing, increasingly connected and uncertain, there is a need to develop a shared applied policy analysis of welfare regimes. Through a unique combination of comparative and global social perspectives, books in this series will address broad questions around how nation states and transnational policy actors deal with globally shared challenges.

Seeking to provide evidence based good practice to aid in shaping future social policies and cross the bridge between academic research and research developed in and by international organisations, this series will be of interest to academics and students in a wide range of disciplines and subject areas as well as staff of international organisations and other individuals involved in the processes of supranational and global social policy making. For more details please go to the Research in Comparative and Global social Policy page on the
Call for book proposals
Proposals are invited for books that include one or a range of the following: country case studies within a multi-level governance/scales frame; small, medium and large_N comparative studies that analyse social policy development and change, and global social policy studies that address various fields of social policy in their transnational or global dimensions.

We particularly encourage original authored monographs based on cross-disciplinary and multi-method research that develops theoretical frameworks reaching across individual world-regions and global actors.

Contact regarding proposals
If you would like to submit a proposal, or to discuss ideas, then please contact the series editors: 
Heejung Chung, University of Kent, UK (
Stefan Kühner, Lingnan University, Hong Kong (
Alexandra Kaasch, University of Bielefeld, Germany  (
Laura Vickers, Series Commissioning Editor, Policy Press (

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