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. 

Furthermore, I have also developed keen interests in comparing the political economy of welfare state reform in East Asia and Europe. Through collaborative projects, I have discovered that, despite the differences in their trajectories of welfare state building, East Asian and European countries show interesting similarities in their efforts to address new challenges to their welfare states.   


I teach on the following undergraduate modules.

  • Comparative Politics
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Approaches to Analysis

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

Journal articles
Book chapters



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