Social policy support for families in the UK and South Korea

Date and time
Thursday, 21 April 2022 -
Thursday, 21 July 2022


We're holding four online workshops with top experts and early career researchers in the relevant fields and invite you to join us to share your views on social policy support for families in the UK and South Korea. Not only will you be able to share your knowledge and views but you will also have opportunities to expand your research network among academics and practitioners in the UK and South Korea.

The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted gaps and inadequacies in support for families in the UK and South Korea, as well as how families and households act as the foundations for society and economic growth. Both the UK and South Korea as noted examples of state-society complexes where economic competitiveness is a high priority and where this has come at a cost to households and families who have acted as ‘shock absorbers’ for continuous economic adjustments.

While the UK has approached this from a background of a long-established welfare state and a trajectory of ‘retrenchment’ in social policy support for families, South Korea has proceeded from less developed welfare states to greater social policy intervention. These simultaneous similarities and differences make the two countries the perfect vehicle for comparative research to help us better understand how social policy does/doesn’t, and could better, support families to pursue sustainable and inclusive growth and social cohesion.

Our aim

The aim of our project, led by Dr Sung-Hee Lee (Principal Investigator), Professor Sun-Hee Baek, Professor Alex Nunn, Professor Stephen Farrall, Dr Bak-Ne Im, and Dr Yoon Irons, is to establish and develop a sustainable collaboration of researchers focusing on social policy toward families in the UK and South Korea.

The project focuses on four areas of expertise:

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Upcoming events

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This webinar discusses what ways social policies interact with family dynamics to assist (or perhaps interrupt) processes of desistance? Are there lessons for policy formation or practice in criminal justice settings from examining the experiences of other countries and jurisdictions?

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This webinar will aim to bring relevant arts organisations and academic partners within the creative industry together, to exchange their experiences and learn from each other. 


The project has been awarded a total of £50,193 funding by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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