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  • Chang, Dae-oup Professor

    Tel +82-2-705-7988
    Email dc13@sogang.ac.kr
    Specialty Korean development, labour, migration, political economy
    Room No. X404

Before joining GKS, Dae-oup has taught at the Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He has also taught in the Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong and the Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong. He has also worked as the research coordinator for Asia Monitor Resource Centre, an international NGO specializing labour issues in Asia. He graduated from Sogang University in Seoul, Korea and earned his MA in Social and Political Thought and PhD in Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. He has been widely publishing articles and chapters on East Asian development, Korean labour relations, migration and globalisation. His major works include Capitalist Development in Korea: Labour, Capital and the Myth of Development State (2009, London: Routledge). His current research focuses on the ways in which Korean capitalism affects the social development of the least developed countries in Asia through migration, investment and aid.

Professional Career

Professor, Global Korean Studies (2020~)

Associate Professor, Global Korean Studies, Sogang University (2015-2020)

Senior Lecturer, Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2011-2015) 

Lecturer, Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2008-2011)

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre of Asian Studies, The University of Hong Kong (2006-2008)

Research Coordinator, Asia Monitor Resource Centre, Hong Kong (2003-2006).  



PhD, Sociology, University of Warwick, UK (1999-2003)

MA, Social and Political Thought, University of Warwick, UK (1998-1999)

BA, German Language and Literature, Sogang University (1991-1997)

Research Grants and Projects

2019    Transnational Labour Regimes and Sustainable Development, Korea Research Foundation (Principal Investigator)

2015    Assessing the Employment Impact of Chinese Firms in Sub-Saharan Africa, DFID/ESRC China-Africa Research Programme (Co-investigator).

2011    Labour Conditions and the Working Poor in China and India, ESRC/DFID joint scheme for research on international development (poverty alleviation) (Co-Investigator)

2007    Asia in the Global Factory, Centre of Asian Studies, funded by The University of Hong Kong CRCG Small Project Funding. (Principal investigator).

2007    Transformation of Labour, Asian Developing Countries in Globalisation’, Centre of Asian Studies, The University of Hong Kong, funded by Hang Seng Bank Golden Jubilee Education Fund for Research. (Principal investigator).

2006    Construction TNCs and Workers in Asia, Asia Monitor Resource Centre, funded by Building and Wood Workers International. (Principal investigator).

2005    Post-Socialist Trade Unions, Low Pay and Decent WorkUniversity of Warwick, International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Labour Vietnam, Beijing Remin University, and Asia Monitor Resource Centre, funded by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC UK). (Regional Coordinator)



2009     Journal of Contemporary Asia Best Article Award Winner in 2009, with ‘Informalising Labour in Asia's Global Factory’, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 39, No. 2, pp. 161-179.


PhD Supervision   

2012-2017   Farwa Sial, Department of Development Studies, SOAS. Thesis Title: The Internationalisation of the Korea Developmental State: The Role of Development Aid.

2012-2017   James Brown, Department of Development Studies, SOAS. Thesis Title: Reworking Territory, Assembling Scale: Labour’s Agency in Lao Border Manufacturing.

2011-2016   Shuwan Zhang, Department of Development Studies, SOAS. Thesis Title: Industrialising China, Escaping Labour: Economic Development and the Agency of Migrant Labour in Guangdong, Zhjiang and Jiangsu Province.

2011-2016   Jan-Frido Wenten, Department of Development Studies, SOAS. Thesis Title: Reinventing the Wheel: Labour, development and global car production in post-1970s China and Mexico.            



Authored book

장대업 (2017) 『어서와요 노동존중 CSR』, 해피스토리 (공저)

장대업 (2016) 『대안사회경제를 위한 여정』, 한울 (공저)

장대업 (2015) 『자본의 세계화와 한국사회 계급구조 변화』, 한울 (공저)

장대업 (2014) 『세계화와 계급구조의 변화: 국제사례 연구』, 한울 (공저)

장대업 (2012) 『세계화와 계급구조의 변화: 이론적 접근』, 한울 (공저)

Chang, Dae-Oup (2009) Capitalist Development in Korea: Labour, Capital and the Myth of the Developmental State. London: Routledge. (Routledge Advances in Korean Studies)

Edited Volumes

Dae-oup, Chang, ed. (2010) 全球化下的亞洲跨國企業勞工:抗爭的圖像. Taipei, Taiwan: 台灣社會?究雜誌社.

Chang, Dae-oup, ed. (2008) Samsung in Asia: Transnational Samsung and Asian Workers (Asiaro gan Samsung). Seoul, Korea: Humanitas.

Chang, Dae-Oup, ed. (2006) Labour in Globalising Asian Corporations: A Portrait of Struggle. Hong Kong: Asia Monitor Resource Centre.

Chang, Dae-Oup and Shepherd, Ed, eds. (2005) Asian Transnational Corporation Outlook 2004: Asian TNCs, workers and the movement of capital. Hong Kong: Asia Monitor Resource Centre. (Asian TNC monitoring network book series)

Book Chapters

Chang, Dae-oup (2022) 'Korean labour movement: the birth, rise and transformation of the democratic trade union movement', in Lim, S. and Alsford, N. J. P. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Contemporary South Korea. London: Routledge, pp. 159-174.

Chang, Dae-oup (2022) ‘The Continent of Labour and Uneven Development: The Making of Transnational Labour Regimes in East Asia’, in Baglioni, E., Campling, L., Coe, N. M. and Smith, A. (eds.) Labour Regimes and Global Production, Newcastle: Agenda Publishing, pp. 137-153.

Chang, Dae-oup (2016) ‘Labor Rights and Trade Unions in Cambodia’, in Brickell, Katherine and Springer, Simon (eds.) The Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia, London: Routledge, pp. 191-201 (with Dennis Arnolds).

Chang, Dae-oup (2015) 'East Asia: A Slippery Floor for the 'Left'.' In: Marois, Thomas and Pradella, Lucia, (eds.), Polarising Development: Alternatives to Neoliberalism and the Crisis. London: Pluto Press, pp. 180-191.

Chang, Dae-oup (2014) 'The global economic crisis and East Asian labour migration: a crisis of migration or struggles of labour?' In: Lindley, Anna, (ed.), Crisis and Migration: Critical perspectives. London: Routledge, pp. 93-114. (Routledge Studies in Development, Mobilities and Migration)

Chang, Dae-oup (2013) 'Labour and 'Developmental State': A Critique of the Developmental State Theory of Labour.' In: Fine, Ben and Tavasci, Daniela and Saraswati, Jyoti, (eds.), Beyond The Development State: Industrial Policy into the Twenty-First Century. Pluto, pp. 85-109.

Chang, Dae-oup (2012) 'Labour, Democratisation and Neo-liberalism in East Asia.' In: Cho, H-Y andAeria, Andrew and Hur, S-W, (eds.), From Unity to Multiplicities: Social Movement Transformation and Democratization in Asia. Petaling Jaya, Malaysia: Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, pp. 45-82.

Chang, Dae-oup (2011) 'Neoliberalism, Trade Union Response, and the Transformation of the Korean Labour Movement.' In: Gall, G and Hurd, R and Wilkinson, A, (eds.), International Handbook on Labour Unions: responses to neo-liberalism. London: Edward Elgar, pp. 201-227.

Chang, Dae-oup (2010) 'Critique of Social Movement Trade Unionism: Multilayered value-fronts and the possibility of social-labour movement.' In: Seong Jin, Jeong and Kim, Chang-guen, (eds.), Ideas of Alter-Globalization Movement. Seoul, Korea: Hanul, pp. 45-90.

Chang, Dae-oup (2009) 'Reclaiming Labour Law and Beyond.' In: Lee, Doris and Leong, Apo andOfreneo, Rene and Skumaran, Anoop, (eds.), Rights for Two-Thirds of Asia: Asian Labour Law Review 2008. Hong Kong: Asia Monitor Resource Centre, xiii-xxvi.

Chang, Dae-oup (2007) 'When Capital Becomes Society: The Recomposition of Capitalist Work and New Labour Activism in Korea.' In: Hart-Lansberg, Martin and Jeong, Seongjin and Westra, Richard, (eds.),Marxist Perspectives on South Korea in the Global Economy. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 221-239.

Chang, Dae-oup (2005) 'Neoliberal Restructuring of Capital Relations in East and South-East Asia.' In:Saad Filho, Alfredo and Johnston, Deborah, (eds.), Neoliberalism: a Critical Reader. London: Pluto Press, pp. 251-258.

Chang, Dae-oup and Wong, Monina (2005) 'FDI and Labour in China: the actors and possibility of a new working class activism.' In: Chang, Dae-Oup and Shepherd, Ed, (eds.), Asian Transnational Corporation Outlook 2004: Asian TNCs, workers and the movement of capital. Asia Monitor Resource Centre, pp. 107-154.

Articles in Academic Journals

Chang, Dae-oup (2022) ‘Transnational Labour Regimes and Neo-liberal Development in Cambodia’, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 52(1): 45-70.

Chang, Dae-oup (2018)  ‘발전의 발명과 변태: 인공적 구성물로서의 발전개념에 대한 비판적 고찰' 경제와 사회, 120: 229-267 (in Korean)

Chang, Dae-oup (2018) ‘한국 혹은 동아시아 자본주의에 대한 몇 가지 외부적 시각에 관하여', 마르크스주의연구, 15(1): 202-247 (in Korean).

Chang, Dae-oup (2017) ‘Subversive Migration, Citizenship from Below and Democracy against Bordered Capitalism’, Research in Political Economy, 32: 253-283. 

Chang, Dae-oup (2017) ‘Informal Exploitation and Unregulated Expansion: Assessing the Construction Labour Regime in Contemporary China’, Marxism 21, 14(1): 292-334.

Chang, Dae-oup (2016) 'From a Global Factory to Continent of Labour: Labour and Development in Asia', Asia Labour Review 1: 1-48. Download here /_PROGRAM_FCKeditor_UserFiles/files/01-alr-v1_chang.pdf

Chang, Dae-oup (2012) 'The neoliberal rise of East Asia and social movements of labour: four moments and a challenge.' Interface: a journal for and about social movements, 4 (2): 22-51.

Chang, Dae-oup (2010) 'Alterglobalisation Movement in Asia: New Politics of Scale.' Marxism 21, 7 (3): 112-138.

Chang, Dae-oup (2009) 'Informalising Labour in Asia's Global Factory.' Journal of Contemporary Asia, 39 (2): 161-179.

Chang, Dae-oup (2007) 'A Critique of Labour Studies: Movement of labour or movement of labour power?'Marxism 21, 4 (1): 213-249.

Chang, Dae-oup and Wong, Monina (2005) 'After Consumer Movement: Toward the new international labour activism in global garment industry.' Labour, Capital and Society, 38 (1&2): 126-155.

Chang, Dae-oup and Chae, Jun-Ho (2004) 'The Transformation of Korean Labour Relations Since 1997.'Journal of Contemporary Asia, 34 (4): 427-448.

Chang, Dae-oup (2002) 'Korean Labour Relations in Transition: Authoritarian Flexibility?' Labour, Capital and Society, 35 (1): 10-40.

Chang, Dae-oup (2001) 'Bringing Class Struggle Back into the Economic Crisis: Development of Crisis in Class Struggle in Korea.' Historical Materialism, 8 (1):185-213.