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Flexible working: The way of the future? | Dr Heejung Chung | Think Kent

The way we work has changed considerably in recent years with an increasing number of people gaining access to flexible working and more control over their work schedules. But in reality, has such flexibility given employees more freedom and autonomy?

Dr Heejung Chung from the University of Kent explores the benefits of flexible working and the potential negative effects it can have for workers, especially in the context of increased competition, high unemployment and the decline of worker and union power.

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Dr Chung’s research interests are broadly around issues concerning cross-national comparative analysis of welfare states and their labour markets. One key question she is currently tackling is how working time flexibility impacts individual’s work-life balance, and the role of contexts in moderating that influence. She is also exploring how welfare state institutions and socio-economic factors shape individual’s perceived employment insecurity.

Dr Chung’s key research interests include: European welfare states and labour markets; Subjective employment insecurity; Working time flexibility and job autonomy, Work-life balance and work-family conflict, Gender equality and gender norms, Cross-national data and European data, Multi-level modelling and other advance quantitative methods, Policy and document analysis.

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