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After teaching at the University of Bath for four years whilst doing my PhD, I joined the Sociology team at Bournemouth in 2012. Since then I have been teaching a range of undergraduate courses, as well as developing my research, exploring issues around identity, ethnicity/’race’, culture, and gender, focusing on East Asians in the UK.
I have conducted a number of research projects inspired by my personal experiences of migration to Britain from South Korea in 2000. Thanks to my cross-cultural experience, I have become fascinated by the considerable cultural differences between Korea and Britain and how these impact on individuals’ lives within these countries as well as on those who cross cultural boundaries.
My PhD, titled: ‘The Intersection of Motherhood Identity with Culture and Class: a Qualitative Study of East Asian Mothers in England’, explored the accounts of first generation East Asian mothers living in England by using life history interviews. It aimed to examine how these women perceived their national and/or cultural heritage to have affected their experiences and identity formation, focusing on the gendered division of household labour within the family and discourse around motherhood and employment...
In my teaching, I have delivered units on Theoretical Issues: Identities and Subjectivities; The Principles and Uses of Social Sciences; Social Policy, Welfare and the State; and more recently Sociology of Health and Illness; Families and Kinship in Contemporary Society; Politics and Ideology; and Social Exclusion and Discrimination. I am currently Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Sociology/BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy at BU.
I have been involved in research projects on North Korean defectors in the UK. I am in the process of writing journal articles on Transnational Family Justice, drawing on North Korean defectors' lived experiences, and Human rights activism among defectors based in the UK.more
- Lim, H., 2015. Chinese and Korean mothers in England: motherhood, gender and employment. Families, Relationships and Societies.
- Lim, H., 2012. Culture and Motherhood: Findings from a Qualitative Study of East Asian Mothers in Britain’. Families, Relationships and Societies, 1 (3), 327-343.
- Lim, H., 2011. The life history interview: researching the dynamic identities of ethnic minority women in Britain. Enquire, 4, 1-21.
- Lim, H., 2018. Effects of defection: familial challenges for escaped North Koreans. In: Transnational Family Justice in Migration Crises 19 July 2017 Middlesex University.
- Lim, H., 2014. I should have married an Englishman”: the perceived impact of the husband’s ethnicity on gendered division of household labour for East Asian migrant women in England. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2014 23-25 April 2014 University of Leeds.
- Lim, H., 2014. The Persistent Impact of Gendered Ideology: Narratives of East Asian Mothers in Britain. In: University of York Centre for Women’s Studies Conference: Asian Women Negotiating Hierarchy within Family 15 April 2010 University of York.
- Lim, H.J., 2014. Culture, Motherhood and Employment: Findings from a Pilot Qualitative Study of East Asian Working Mothers in Britain. In: Featherstone, B., ed. The Mother War Conference 25-26 June 2009 University of Surrey.
- Lim, H. and Skinner, T., 2013. Intersectionality in Lived Experience: Disability, Migration, Religion, Poverty, Care and Motherhood. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2013 17-19 April 2013 London.
- Lim, H.J., 2012. The Intersection of Culture, Motherhood and Employment: Findings from a Pilot Qualitative Study of East Asian Working Mothers in Britain. In: Featherstone, B., ed. British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2010 21-23 April 2010 University of Glasgow Caledonian.
- Lim, H., 2011. Research Stories: Opportunities and Obstacles for Social Scientists. In: University of Nottingham 3rd Enquire Conference 20 July 2011 University of Nottingham.
- Lim, H., 2011. Motherhood and Employment: Narratives of East Asian Mothers in England. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2011 13-15 April 2011 London School of Economics.
- Lim, H., 2010. Voices of the Marginalised: A Qualitative Study of South Korean Mothers in New Malden. In: 4TH ESRC Research Methods Festival 28 July 2010-31 October 2014 University of Oxford.
- Melsia Tomlin-Kraftner
- David Galley (Social Work is Women’s Work, Right?)
Profile of Teaching UG
- Families and Kinship in Contemporary Society; Sociology of Ageing; Sociology of Health and Illness; Social Exclusion and Discrimination; Politics and Ideology
- Trafficking of North Korean Female Defectors (Bournemouth University, 01 Apr 2017). Completed
- Voices of the Secret State: Human Rights Activism among North Korean Defectors in the UK (Bournemouth University, 01 Apr 2016). Completed
- The Intersection of Motherhood Identity with Culture and Class: a Qualitative Study of East Asian Mothers in England. (University of Bath, 01 Oct 2008). Awarded
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- I'm a member of a local feminist group Bridfem, which works towards improving the quality of life for women in the local areas.
- ESRC Festival of Social Sciences, North Korean defectors and their human rights activism, 27 June 2015, Bournemouth University
- British Sociological Association (BSA) Annual Conference, North Korean defectors in the UK, 6 April 2016, University of Birmingham
- International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) Annual Conference, Voices of the Secret State: Human Rights Activism among North Korean Defectors in the UK, Envisioning the Possibility of Political Change in North Korea, 12 July 2016, Warsaw, Poland
- Transnational Family Justice Conference, Effects of defection: familial challenges for escaped North Koreans, 19 July 2017, Middlesex University
- BSc (hons) in Sociology with Human Resource Management (University of Bath, 2007)
- MRes (Master of Research in Sociology (University of Bath, 2008)
- PhD in Sociology (University of Bath, 2012)
- Student of the Year Prize (Thanet College, 2003)
- The Stephen Cotgrove Prize for Best Student in Sociology (University of Bath, 2007)
- British Sociological Association, Member (2008-),
- East Asian Social Research Network, Member (2012-),
- The BSA Race and Ethnicity Study Group, Member (2013-),