Staff profile

Dr Sung-Hee Lee

Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy


Social Sciences


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Criminology and Social Sciences, Derby Law School


One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



Sung-Hee is 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

Sung-Hee's 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 she completed her 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, she has been continuing to develop her work to incorporate other East Asian countries.

With generous financial support from the College Research Fund at the University of Derby, she was able to complete the first fieldwork phase in South Korea in June last year (2015) and in Japan in June last year (2016), with the aim being to finish her last one in China and Taiwan in the follwing year 2018. She believes that this rich information gathered through in-depth interviews with key policy makers in these countries enables her to explore further the nexus between gender politics and the socialisation of care.

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Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Government research experience

Sung-Hee is currently involved with a research project entitled 'Social Security Systems in the UK', organised by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, which is an affiliate of the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences in South Korea.

She 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 Feb 2007 to Aug 2008). This project provided her with extensive experience in conducting qualitative interviews with policy makers, representatives from non-governmental organisations as well as practitioners in each country. She was also involved as a research assistant with a local government project in South Korea entitled ‘Accreditation System Indices in Elderly Care Services’ (from Sep to Dec 2005). She 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

Sung-Hee is currently working with Professor Hajime Takeuchi (Bukkyo University, Japan) and Professor Anneli Ivarsson (Umeå University, Sweden) in an international research collaboration focused on Child Poverty and Health Care Programmes in four different countries, Japan, South Korea, Sweden and UK. 

Sung-Hee's involvement in one of the government research projects above led her to work on an international project as a research associate (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 she was responsible for data collection regarding Korean long-term care insurance and the informal care burden of caring for elderly people within the family.


Recent publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

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