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Wei-Yun Chung

Wei-Yun Chung

My research examines the work–life balance and career trajectories of Taiwanese male and female civil servants at national, local, and individual levels. It focuses on gender occupational segregation, mobility in terms of job transfers and promotion, work–life balance, and the influence of locality.

Biography

Career

  • Editor, Military History and Translation Office, Taiwan
  • Associate Section Assistant, Ministry of Education, Taiwan

Qualifications

  • PhD candidate, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • MA, School of Education, University of Sheffield (Distinction)
  • Primary School Teacher's Qualification Certificate, Taipei Municipal University of Education, Taiwan
  • BBA, Department of International Trade, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Funding and awards

  • Taiwanese Governmental Scholarship for Overseas Study (2012-2015)
  • Philip Lake Fund (2014, 2015)
  • Berington Scholarship (2013)
  • College Postgraduate Research Grant (2014, 2016)

Research

My research examines how locality interlinks with workers' interpersonal relationships, the gendered nature of fixity and mobility, decisions and movements inside their workplace via their everyday practice of work-life arrangements, and their continuous perception of the regional environment outside their workplace. Research methods include governmental secondary data analysis and a multiple-case study comprising 93 sample interviews with individuals working in three regional governments. There are three main findings in my research. First, prevalent gender norms in the wider societal context play an important role in the gendering process of civil servants' career trajectories. Gendered investment in human capital contributes to gendered occupational choices and the tendency of men to start their civil service career at higher entry levels. Second, gender segregation exists in the assignment allocation, which is the result of prevalent gender stereotyping at work and in return reinforces the existing gender stereotypes. Third, the career plans of married civil servants, especially those with children, are highly determined by the interplay of gender dynamics at home and at work. Mothers tend to have the most limited career choices. Different family structures and local work cultures constitute diverse local settings for these mothers. In general, women who live close to or with their husbands' extended families tend to prioritize their family duties, although their extended family members provide them with resources and support, such as childcare.

Publications

Selected conference presentations

  • "The gender relations in the Taiwanese public sector workplace" British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Aston, Birmingham, United Kingdom, April 2016.
  • "The gender landscape of the Taiwanese public sector workplace" International Women's Issues Conference, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, United States, February 2016.
  • "The gender landscape of the Taiwanese public sector workplace" Work 2015-New Meanings of Work, University of Turku, Turku, Finland, August 2015.

External activities

  • Member of the British Sociological Association (2016)
  • External Social Officer and International Officer in Magdalene College MCR (2015-2016)