ESPAnet Annual Conference Warsaw 2023 (onsite only)


Heejung Chung

Heejung Chung

Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, at the University of Kent

Heejung Chung is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, at the University of Kent. She is a comparative labour market and welfare state researcher interested in the future of work, workers’ well-being, and gender equality. Her research aims to explore different issues of inequality and social justice around work and labour markets, and find policy solutions to tackle these problems. The past decade, her work has focused on flexible working, including home and hybrid working, to explore why it leads to unintended negative outcomes such as long hours work and traditionalization of gender norms to understand what policy changes are necessarily to advert this. She recently published the book The Flexibility Paradox: Why flexible working leads to (self-)exploitation (2022, Policy Press) summarising this. More recently, she is exploring and measuring the flexibility stigma – the perception that workers working flexibly/from home are somehow less motivated, loyal, and productive – through vignette studies across the world.

Her work has been published in journal such as Human Relations, European Sociological Review, European Journal of Social Policy etc. She has been involved in ESPAnet since 2004, and is currently a board member. She is also a wife and mother of a 10 year old girl, 5 year old cat, 2 year old dog, and is a passionate but not very good football player and a bassist in a punk band. She is also an avid supporter for changes in academic work culture so it does allow for a better work-life balance. (read this)

Paweł Kaczmarczyk

Paweł Kaczmarczyk

Professor of Economics at the University of Warsaw. Faculty of Economic Sciences and Director of the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw

Paweł Kaczmarczyk is a Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Warsaw and the Director of the Centre of Migration Research at the same university. Trained in international economics, he has been conducting research on various aspects of international mobility and migration for more than 20 years. Initially, his research focused on Polish mobility, including large-scale studies on seasonal workers, highly skilled migrants and post-2004 migration. He has studied both the socio-economic drivers of migration as well as its consequences, including the effects on the labour market and the fiscal impact. Since the beginning of the 2010s, his area of research has shifted towards understanding and explaining migration to Poland and other Central and Eastern European countries and the process of transition from a net sending country to a net receiving country. His recent work has largely focused on the mobility of Ukrainians, first labour migration in the post-2014 period and more recently massive war-related displacement. Other research interests include migration policy, methodology of migration research, labour economics, population economics and demography, and international economics.

His work has been published, among others, in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Rural Studies, Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, East European Politics and Societies: and Cultures. He is a member of IMISCOE; IZA fellow, and SOPEMI correspondent for Poland at OECD; in 2008-2011 a member of the Board of Strategic Advisers to the Prime Minister of Poland (responsible for demography, migration and labour market related issues). Since 2020 he coordinates the Centre of Excellence in Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw (part of the Excellence Initiative – Research University programme).

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