Wonchul SHIN

Research Fellow 2020 supported by The William Lind Foundation

Wonchul Shin is Professor at the Department of Sociology at Pusan National University in South Korea. He received his PhD from the Department of Sociology at Seoul National University in 2001 and has been studying the evolution of industrial and labour relations, especially focusing on the shipbuilding industry in South Korea and Japan. His research interests include internal labour market practices, subcontracting arrangements, and collective redundancy or employment adjustment.

His research at the Glasgow University explores origins and evolution of the employment adjustment institutions in Britain and seeks to compare the actual workforce reduction processes of Britain with those of other countries, focusing on the shipbuilding industry. He has research interests in the rules and practices associated with collective redundancies in the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders in 1970s-80s.

I am so happy to be given the chance to do research at Glasgow University Library. I am expecting that the Scottish Business Archive, particularly the Records of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Shop Stewards Committee and the Records of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Ltd., will provide specific and abundant materials on trade union policy on redundancy, as well as on negotiations with employers.