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Korean scholars meet PhD students from and/or specialising on Korea

Date - Friday, 25th November 2016 (10:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Venue: SPSW seminar room, 2nd Floor Alcuin Block C, The University of York

The Social Policy East Asia eXchange (SPEAX) at the University of York is organising a PhD student workshop aimed at students from Korea studying social policy at PhD level or for those studying for PhD that includes analysis of South Korea’s social policy.

The workshop offers an opportunity to receive specialist advice and feedback from Korean academics who are currently spending their research leave in British universities across the country. The workshop will provide space to discuss research specialism, issues around overseas study and academic life, and academic careers in the UK and Korea.

The event takes its inspiration from the first meetings of the East Asian Social Policy Research Network (EASP) which took place in 2005 and 2006 when PhD scholars studying in the UK got together with each other and academics from the UK and East Asia to share knowledge and experiences. A decade on many of those who attended the early events as PhD students are now established scholars, including the host of this workshop.  We hope this event will help a new generation of scholars to develop new networks and connections in the same way that the early EASP workshops did and continue to do so.

The event is free of charge, but those interested in joining the workshop should fill in the application form at https://goo.gl/forms/KRkVG4OhzXOpwE263 outlining details of their PhD topic and issues (research challenges, methods issues, policy questions or future career issues) they would like the expert scholars to address. Places are limited for this event and will be allocated to those with most relevant research topics.

Bo-Yung Kim
Associate Professor, Yeungnam University
Visiting Scholar, SPEAX, The University of York


  • Dong-Chul Yu is Professor in the Department of Social Welfare at Dong-Eui University, South Korea, and currently on sabbatical in University of Newcastle. He has been associated with a number of campaigns and policy initiatives for disabled people in Korea. He specialises in disability discrimination, policy for the disabled, and independent living.
  • Nan-Joo Yang is an Associate Professor of the Department of Social Welfare in Daegu University, South Korea, and currently on sabbatical at the London School of Economics. Her research interests and expertise primarily focus on the analysis of social service provision particularly in the field of long-term care for old people. Her main research within Korean social service policy concerns the ethics of care, welfare rights, ¬†implementation and outcomes of social services.
  • Hyung-Yong Kim is Associate Professor in Sociology at Dongguk University, Seoul, South Korea, and current on sabbatical at the University of Birmingham. He has 8 years of academic work in sociology, with research interests that include community based organizations, voluntary services, and social policy on the third sector.
  • Seungho Baek is an associate professor at the Catholic University of Korea and is currently on sabbatical at the University of Kent. His research focuses on labour market and family policy but also includes welfare state development and regimes.
  • Prof. Bo-Yung Kim is an Associate Professor at Yeungnam University in Korea and currently on sabbatical at the University of York. He has been involved in a range of policy researches commissioned by Korean government on services delivery but his research interests also covers policy development and process.
  • Heejung Chung is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Kent, UK.¬† Her research focuses on the comparative analysis of European labour markets, especially on labour market insecurity, working time, flexibility and work-life balance. Her work has been published in the European Sociological Review; Journal European of Social Policy; Social Policy & Administration and others.


09:00 – 10:00
SPSW reception
10:00 – 12:00
PhD advice clinic
SPSW Seminar Rooms
12:00 – 13:00
Survival guide for students and new academics: in the UK and Korea
SPSW Seminar Room