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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)


Academic Activities

Editor-in-Chief, Asian Labour Review (2022~present) 

Editorial Board Member, European Journal of East Asian Studies (2019~present) 

Editorial Board Member, Marxism 21, (2015~present)

Correspondence Editor, Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory (2015~present)

Series Editor, Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies, Springer (2016~현재)

Editorial Board Member,  Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory (2000~2003; 2008~2015)


Research Grants and Projects

2021     Continent of Labour: The Making of East Asia from Colonial Integration to Neoliberal Ascent, National Research Foundation of Korea (2022S1A6A4043158)

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

Chang, Dae-oup et al. (2023) East Asian Capitalism: Marxist Approach (동아시아 자본주의: 마르크스주의적 접근), Seoul: Jininjin (in Korean).

Chang, Dae-oup et al. (2023) East Asian Marxism: past, present, future (동아시아 마르크스주의: 과거, 현재, 미래), Seoul: Jininjin (in Korean).

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 (2024) ‘Transnational Labor Regimes and the Cambodian Case of Asianizing Capitalist Development’, in Chang, K.-S., Kim, T. and Lee, J. (eds) Asianization of Asia: Regional Dynamics and Korean Parameters, London: Routledge, forthcoming

Chang, Dae-oup (2024) ‘Rethinking Asian Labour Movements in the Age of Decaying Neoliberalism’, in Jeong, S. and Saito, K. (eds.) Capitalism and Postcapitalism in East Asia: Marxist Perspectives, London: Routledge, forthcoming

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.

Other Articles 

Chang, Dae-oup (2023) 'Raids on KCTU, Neoliberal Crisis and Popular Authoritarianism in South Korea: An Explainer', Asian Labour Review, https://labourreview.org/raids-on-kctu/

Chang, Dae-oup (2022) ‘Asian Labour Movements in the Age of Decaying Neoliberalism’, Asian Labour Review, https://labourreview.org/challenges-to-the-asian-labour-movements/

Conference Papers and Invited Lectures

‘Continent of Labour: New Historiography for Asian Labour Movements’, Labor Movements in East Asia: Mobilizing Against Inequality amid Political Change, National Taiwan University, 22 September 2023.

Rethinking Asian Labour Movements in the Age of Decaying Neoliberalism, Historical Materialism Conference in East and Southeast Asia, University of Indonesia, 25~26 August 2023.

‘Asian Labour in the Age of Decaying Neoliberalism: Implications for Asia’s Political Economy of Development’, The Japan Association for Asian Studies Spring Convention, Tokyo University, Japan, 10 June 2023.

‘Challenges to Asian Labour Movements in the Age of Decaying Neoliberalism’, 2023 SSK International Conference: Capitalism and Marxism in East Asia: Past Present, and Future, Gyeongsang National University, 19 May 2023.

‘The Origins of the Labour Paradox in the Rise of East Asia’, Industrialization & Labour in Contemporary Asia, Università di Napoli L’Orientale, 17 April 2023.

‘Korean Capitalism and Transnational Labour Regimes in East Asia’, Webinar Series of the Centre for Asian Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 22 February 2023. 

‘The Sinking of the M. V. Sewol and the Rise of Authoritarian Neoliberalism in South Korea’, International Conference on Korean Capitalism and Marxism, University of Tork, Canada, 29 January 2023. 

‘Encountering Easts Asian Capitalism: Problems of Global Factory Literature, Their Origins, and Beyond’, Gyeonsang National University SSK Research Cluster Seminar Series, 27 April 2022.

‘Asia as an Arena of the Construction of Class Relations”, Special Lecture Series at Department of Sociology, Seoul National University, 6 April 2022. 

‘Uneven Development and Transnational Labour Regimes in East Asia’, Historical Materialism East Asia Conference, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 21 August 2021.

‘The World of Commodities and East Asian Labour: Transnational Labour Regimes and Uneven Development in East Asia’, Workshop on Materiality and Materialism, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 7 May 2021.  

‘Regionalism, Uneven Development and the Changing Territoriality of Labour Regimes’, The Arab Council for Social Science “New Regionalisms” Workshop, 27 March 2021.

‘Transnational Labour Regimes and the Multiplication of Labour in East Asia’, Agency in the Era of Labour Regime Multiplications, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 24 June 2019.

‘Transnational Labour Regimes and the Mutation of Neoliberal Development in Cambodia’, Lecture for the Centre on Labour and Global Production, Queen Marry University of London, 10 January 2019.

‘Transnational Labour Regimes, Migrant Labour and the Changing Territoriality of Korean Development’, Lecture for the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, SOAS, University of London, 9 January 2019.

‘Transnational Labour Regimes and the Mutation of Neoliberal Development in Cambodia’, International Workshop on Conceptualising Labour Regimes and Global Production, Queen Marry University of London, 8 January 2019.

Korean Capital, Asian Labour: The Unknown Asianisation of South Korean Development, 30th SASE Annual Meeting – Global Reordering: Prospects for Equality, Democracy and Justice, Doshisha University, Japan, 23 June 2018.

Can Korea be a Good International Developer? An Analysis of Korea’s Transnational Labour Regimes, Conference of Korean Critical Sociology Association, Korea University, Seoul, 21 October 2017.

‘The Labour Movement in the Era of Transnational Labour Regime’, International Workshop on Labor Right and Economic Development Trajectories in Mekong Asia, Cambodia/ Phnom Penh, 17 February 2017.

‘Cambodian Development and Transnational Labour Regimes in East Asia’, Annual Conference of Korean Sociological Association, City University of Seoul, Korea, 16 December 2016.

Cambodian Development and the East Asian Transnational Labour Regime, International Workshop on Capitalist Trajectories in Mekong Southeast Asia, University of Amsterdam, Netherland, 7 November 2016.

‘Bordered Capitalism, Citizenship and Subversive Migration’, International Rosa Luxemburg Conference, Sungkonghoe University, Seoul, Korea, 27 November 2015.

‘Labour Conditions and the Working Poor in China’s Construction Sector’, Lecture for International Construction Labour Markets, University of Reading, 16 October 2014.

‘East Asian Labour Migration in the Global Economic Crisis: Another Crisis of Migration or Emerging Struggles of Migrant Workers?’, 2013 International Conference: the Issues of Capitalist Globalization, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea, 7 June 2013. 

‘State and Development: the Developmental State Debate’, Lecture for the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, University of Maastricht, Netherland, 25 February 2013.

Uneven Development and the New Regional Division of Labour in Integrating Asia, Lecture for the Research Seminar Series, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE, 22 January 2013.

‘The Rise of East Asia and Social Movements of Labour’, Lecture for the Workshop of the Conference for Socialist Economists, University of York, UK, 27 April 2012.

‘Opportunities for LDCs in Integrating East Asia: From New Regional Division of Labour to Inclusive Regional Development Network’, Lecture for the Institute of Social Science, Gyeongsang University, Jinju, Korea, 30 June 2011.

‘Researching the Rise of East Asia’, Lecture Series at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, 4 April – 17 April, 2011. 

‘The Rise of East Asia and Classes of Informal Labour’, Lecture for Sawyer Seminar, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 14 February 2011