Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice

Choon Key Chekar

Choon KeyI joined the School of Sociology and Social Policy in February 2016 as a Research Fellow on the Wellcome Trust-funded project “Translations and transformations in patienthood: cancer in the post-genomics era” project, working with the principal investigators Professor Anne Kerr (Leeds) and Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Julia Swallow.

Before joining SSP, I took part in various research project. Most recently (September 2012 – October 2015), I was based in the Centre for Bionetworking at the University of Sussex, where I still am affiliated as a Research Associate. In the Centre for Bionetworking, I have conducted a ESRC/ESRC project: my two main research strands were: 1) partnership between patient groups and other key stakeholders such as the pharmaceutical industry and medical research groups 2) the relation between religions and the field of stem cell science. She is particularly interested in the role of the South Korean Catholic Church in supporting of adult stem cell research as well as the evangelical churches’ involvement in endorsing stem cell therapies and products.

Before that, I was based in the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen) at Cardiff University where I conducted two ERC research projects: Globalising European Bioethics Education; and the ELSI work-package for BBMRI (Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure) project.

I received my Ph.D. from the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies at Cardiff University in 2008. My PhD thesis, titled ‘Gendering Discourses of Time in South Korean Self-help Books: The Normalisation of a Masculine Long Hours Work Culture, was a critique of South Korean time culture where ‘happy workaholics’ are normalised and celebrated and the boundaries between work/non-work become increasingly blurry.



2016 with Sleeboom-Faulkner, et al. “Comparing National Home-Keeping and the Regulation of Translational Stem Cell Applications: An International Perspective”,  Social Science & Medicine. In Press. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S027795361630048X

2015 “Constituting Public Support for the National Stem Cell Project: Kungmin as a Rhetorical Flag in South Korean Media”. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 15: 432–447. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/sena.12161/abstract

2013 “Bioethics 2.0“ Bioethics Forum 2(4), Korea National  Institute for Bioethics Policy.

2012 “The Role of Popular Films in Citizen’s Participatory Discussion Program: The Case of Cardiff sciSCREEN”, Media Education Research 6: 59-86, Korea Communications Agency.

2012 Collected Life Histories of Hansen’s Disease [leprosy] Survivors, Sorokdo National Hospital.

2010 with Joan Haran: “Book Review: Bioethics in the Age of New Media  (Joanna Zylinska 2009)”, New Genetics and Society 29(2): 221-223.

2008 “Desperately Seeking Book Reviews: The Word of Mouth Marketing of South Korean Publishers and Booksellers,” The International Journal on the Book 5(4): 55-60.

2007 with Jenny Kitzinger “Science, Patriotism and Discourses of Nation and Culture: Reflections on the South Korean stem cell breakthrough and scandals,” New Genetics and Society 26(3): 289-219.

2006 with Sadie Clifford “Book Review: Women, Television and Everyday Life in Korea: Journeys of Hope (Youna Kim 2005)”, Feminist Media Studies 6(4): 559-561.



14-16 July 2014, University of Sussex “Patient-Industry Alliances in the Pursuit of Stem Cell Ambitions” at Biannual Workshop organised by the Centre for Bionetworking

31 May 2014, KAIST, Taejon  “Korean Christian Groups and Adult Stem Cell Research: Is a Religious-Scientific-Economic Entrepreneurship Useful Concept?” at Korean STS annual conference.

19 November 2011, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul “Visual and Ideological Representations of CCTV in If You Were Me 5: The Potential of Reflexivity and Resistance to Surveillance Technology”, 2011 Autumn Conference of Korean Association for Broadcasting & Telecommunication Studies.


Twitter feed for the project: @PostGenomicPts

Personal twitter feed: @CKChekar


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