Staff profile

Dr Sung-Hee Lee

Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy

Sung-Hee Lee


Social Sciences


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Criminology and Social Sciences

Research centre

Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre, Better Society


One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



I am a Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy within the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences at the University of Derby. 

Teaching responsibilities

Leading modules

Research interests

My research interests are based on a comparative study across East Asian societies entitled ‘Gender Politics and the Socialisation of Care in East Asian Countries: South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan’. Since I completed my PhD thesis entitled ‘The Impact of Gender Politics on the Socialisation of Care in South Korea’ in 2014 at the University of Bath in the UK, I have been continuing to develop my work to incorporate other East Asian countries.

With generous financial support from the College Research Fund at the University of Derby, I was able to complete the first fieldwork phase in South Korea in June 2015, in Japan in June 2016, and in Taiwan in July 2018. I believe that this rich information gathered through in-depth interviews with key policy makers in these countries enables me to explore further the nexus between gender politics and the socialisation of care.

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Experience in industry

Government research experience

I have been involved with a number of government research projects such as 'Social Security Systems in the UK', organised by the KISHA (Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs), and 'Social Policy for Caring Society', organised by the KWDI (Korea Women's Development Institute), which are both affiliates of the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences in South Korea.

I was involved as a research associate on a central government project run by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in South Korea entitled ‘Family Day Care’ in European countries, mainly the UK, France and Belgium (from February 2007 to August 2008). This project provided me with extensive experience in conducting qualitative interviews with policy makers, representatives from non-governmental organisations as well as practitioners in each country. I was also involved as a research assistant with a local government project in South Korea entitled ‘Accreditation System Indices in Elderly Care Services’ (from September to December 2005). I was responsible for managing large scale surveys probing conditions in elderly care facilities in Seoul and subsequently analysing the survey data sets using SPSS, including analysis of variance (ANOVA), correlation and regression analysis.

International experience

International research collaboration

I am currently working with Professor Hajime Takeuchi (Bukkyo University, Japan) and Professor Anneli Ivarsson (Umeå University, Sweden) with an international research collaboration focused on child poverty and health care programmes in four different countries; Japan, South Korea, Sweden and the UK.

I have been invloved in a number of Korean government research projects working with 'Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs' and 'Korean Women's Development Institute'. I also worked on an international project (from Feb 2007 to Mar 2011); the East Asian Database Project, which aimed to establish comparable quantitative data sets recording social care services and informal care provision in East Asian countries. For this initiative, I was responsible for data collection regarding Korean long-term care insurance and the informal care burden of caring for elderly people within the family.

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