Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

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Dr Soohyun Christine Lee

Lecturer in Comparative Politics

I joined POLIS in 2013. I have a BSc in Political Science (Ewha, South Korea), MSc in Social Policy and Planning (LSE), and DPhil in Social Policy (Oxford). Before coming to Leeds, I was a postdoctoral research fellow (2012-2013) at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, the University of Oxford. I also taught at the Department of Politics and International Studies, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) as a teaching fellow (2012) while finishing up my DPhil.

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the comparative political economy of welfare states with a regional focus on East Asia. Specifically, my work investigates how bureaucrats, political parties, businesses, unions and bureaucrats influence social policy-making. My current project examines the transformation of East Asian welfare capitalism in the context of democratic consolidation, globalisation, and post-industrialisation. In particular, the project investigates the political and socio-economic underpinnings of the welfare state reform in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.


Currently I am co-designing an undergraduate module in comparative politics which will be offered in Spring 2013/2014. I have teaching expertise in comparative political economy and comparative social policy.

PhD Supervision

I am keen to supervise research students in the following areas.

  • Politics and political economy in Asia Pacific
  • Comparative political economy
  • The welfare state
  • Public policy-making

Key Publications

  • Fleckenstein, T. and Lee, S.C. (forthcoming), ‘The Politics of Post-Industrial Social Policy: Family Policy Reforms in Britain, Germany, South Korea, and Sweden’, Comparative Political Studies. [PDF]
  • Lee, S. (2012) The Transformation of East Asian Welfare States: The Politics of Welfare Reforms in South Korea, DPhil Thesis, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, the University of Oxford.

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