Faculty of Health
School of Public Health

Juyeon LeeCountry of origin: South Korea

Academic degrees and Institutions:

  • PhD in Social & Behavioural Health Sciences - Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto (2023)
  • MSc in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing - London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
    Degree Status: Completed (2014)
  • Bachelor of Public Health, Health Education and Management - Ewha Womans University, South Korea (2013)

Describe your work and how it embodies the nature of the AMTD postdoctoral program.

In my research project, I delve into the health and safety consequences related to digital labour platforms for domestic workers engaged in direct or indirect caregiving tasks. The global surge in demand for paid care services has triggered the swift emergence of digital labour platforms, acting as intermediaries between various users like businesses, workers, and consumers. My objective is to examine how the work organization within the digital platform-based care economy influences the safety, health, and overall welfare of domestic workers.

What are some activities you hope to accomplish during your postdoctoral appointment at University of Waterloo?

  • Collaborative Projects: Successfully collaborate with interdisciplinary teams, fostering innovative projects that merge expertise from various domains to address complex research questions.
  • Mentorship and Teaching: Engage actively in mentorship of graduate and undergraduate students, providing guidance and support while contributing to teaching activities in Public Health Sciences.
  • Research Publications: Produce high-impact research publications in journals within the field, contributing significantly to the academic discourse.

Have you been the recipient of any other major or donor-funded awards?

I received the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for my PhD research, granting me the opportunity to dedicate myself to my studies while remaining engaged in the community.

Do you have any relevant academic projects you would like to share?

Not at this time.

Why did you choose the University of Waterloo?

I chose to join the University of Waterloo because of its dedicated efforts to advance interdisciplinary research on a global level, spanning across society, health, and technology. The university's reputation for its strong emphasis on co-operative education and hands-on learning greatly appealed to me. Additionally, the University of Waterloo is renowned for its exceptional programs in my field of interest, which align perfectly with my academic and career goals. The faculty members are experts in their respective fields, and the cutting-edge research being conducted here offers immense opportunities for personal and academic growth.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming in the lake, and paddle boarding.