Dr Youngcho Lee

Dr Youngcho Lee

LSE Fellow

Department of Social Policy

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English, Korean
Key Expertise
Fathers, Parental leave, work/family balance, Fertility, Gender equality

About me

Dr Youngcho Lee received her PhD in Sociology at the University of Cambridge in 2022. Her PhD research, jointly funded by the Cambridge Trust and Murray Edwards College, examines the impact of fathers’ leave uptake on the gendered division of housework and childcare, fertility intentions, and work-care patterns. Before her current post as an LSE fellow, Youngcho was an ESRC postdoctoral fellow in 2022/23 in the department. As part of her ESRC-funded project, she has started working on her second major project on the work and family lives of dual-earning couples in Korea based on qualitative interviews with 52 participants. Some of the topics she explores in this line of research is working hours, flexible working, the gendered division of domestic and care labour, including its cognitive dimension, and children’s perceptions of their parents division of paid and unpaid responsibilities. Youngcho is also one of the coordinators of FemQuant (@FemQuant), an international network of early-career researchers exploring feminist quantitative methods.

Research publications:

Lee, Youngcho (2023) Narratives of children's gender socialization from fathers who take parental leave in South Korea. Sex Roles. DOI: 10.1007/s11199-023-01429-y

Lee, Youngcho (2023) ‘Undoing gender’ or selection effects? Fathers’ uptake of leave and involvement in housework and childcare in South Korea. Journal of Family Studies. DOI: 10.1080/13229400.2023.2200747

Lee, Youngcho (2023) Online media experiences of caregiving fathers: A study of leave-taking fathers in South Korea. Family Relations, 72(2): p.426-442. DOI: 10.1111/fare.12817

Lee, Youngcho (2022) Norms about childcare, working hours, and fathers’ uptake of parental leave in South Korea. Community, Work & Family. DOI: 10.1080/13668803.2022.2031889

Lee, Youngcho (2022) 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, 41(4): p.1471–1500. DOI: 10.1007/s11113-022-09697-4
*2022 American Sociological Association (ASA) Outstanding Student Paper Award, Honorable Mention

Book reviews:

Lee, Youngcho (2023) The Flexibility Paradox: Why Flexible Working Leads to (Self-)Exploitation by Heejung Chung. Gender, Work & Organization. DOI: 10.1111/gwao.12983

Lee, Youngcho (2023) Women, Welfare and Productivism in East Asia and Europe by Ruby Chau and Sam Yu. European Journal of Social Security. DOI: 10.1177/13882627231158522


Expertise Details

Fathers; Parental leave; work/family balance; Fertility; Gender equality; Research methodologies