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Seonyoung joined RHUL in Nov 2023. Prior to this, Seonyoung received her PhD in Organisation and Human Resource Management from Warwick Business School (University of Warwick) in 2019 and held a post-doctoral position at Aalto University School of Business in Finland from 2020 to 2023. 


Her research interests encompass the work-life interface, social identity (including gender, ethnicity, disability, and language), diversity and inclusion, intersectionality, meaningful work and calling, and occupational health. Her paper on the intersection of gender and ethnicity among East Asian female migrant workers in the UK was published in Human Relations and selected for the Honor Roll of Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM). Additionally, she has another publication on the intersectional variation in the experience of daily work-family conflict in Human Resource Management, which received the Dorothy Harlow Best Conference Paper Award from the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in 2019. 


Currently, Seonyoung is involved in various research projects focusing on meaningful work and calling, motherhood, academic expatriates, inclusion climate, career shocks, etc. 


In the academic year 2023-24, Seonyoung teaches the Foundations for Responsible Business (MN1125), Diversity and Inclusion (MN2206), and International Human Resource Management (MN3271) modules. Seonyoung is dedicated to fostering a learning environment that emphasises diversity & inclusion and practical application, as she strongly believes this approach can enhance students' learning motivation and engagement.


Seonyoung is keen on supervising PhD students interested in the following topics:

  • The work-life interface
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Social identity (including gender, ethnicity, language, and disability) and intersectionality
  • Meaningful work and calling
  • Occupational health

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Organisation and Human Resource Management, Warwick Business School

Sept 2014May 2019

MSc International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management , London School of Economics and Political Science

Oct 2013Sept 2014

BSc in Business Administration, Yonsei University

Mar 2007Feb 2011

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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