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Sociology Research


Youngcho (she/her) is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology and a Cambridge Trust & Murray Edwards Scholar. She is currently studying South Korean fathers’ parental leave experiences using mixed methods. More broadly she is interested in gender, social policy, family, and the utilisation of diverse methodologies to study these.

Prior to starting her PhD degree in 2018, Youngcho completed her MSc in Gender, Policy, and Inequalities at LSE, where she graduated with distinction and overall best performance. Before that, she obtained her MA at KDI (Korea Development Institute) School of Public Policy and Management and her BA (Hons) at Ewha Womans University.

Besides her doctoral research, Youngcho is a research assistant for the Gender & Technology project, run by Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies in collaboration with Centre for Future Intelligence. She is also one of the coordinators for FemQuant (@FemQuant), an international network of early-career researchers exploring feminist quantitative methods.

Research Interests

gender, social policy, family, research methodologies


SOC2 (Social theory)

SOC5 (Statistics and methods)

SOC10 (Sociology of gender)

PBS8 (The family)

SSRMP modules Intro to STATADoing multivariate analysis (DMA)Further topics in multivariate analysis (FTMA)

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Lee, Youngcho (Forthcoming) Is leave for fathers pro-natalist? A mixed-methods study of the impact of fathers’ uptake of parental leave on couples’ childbearing intentions in South Korea. Population Research and Policy Review (expected spring 2022).

Lee, Youngcho (Forthcoming) Norms about childcare, working hours, and fathers’ uptake of parental leave in South Korea. Community, Work & Family (expected spring 2022).

PhD Supervisor


Cambridge Trust & Murray Edwards Scholarship (2018-, full tuition fee and stipend)

Job Title:
Graduate Student, Murray Edwards College
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