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Research interests

In my doctoral research, I broadly examine the development of occupational aspirations in middle childhood and adolescence. I focus on two areas of aspiration development - (a) the influence of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and their intersection on the early formation of aspirations (b) the role of academic attainment in the aspiration development process. By exploring these, I am committed to understanding the implications of aspiration development within the broader generation of educational and occupational inequalities. I draw on the life course approach, intersectionality, sociological and psychological theories. My examination is based on the statistical analysis of large-scale and longitudinal secondary datasets in the UK.  This project is co-supervised by Dr Jo Rose, Dr Shelley McKeown Jones and Dr Liz Washbrook. 

Alongside, I am involved in a voluntary international research project looking at Venezuelan immigrants' human agency and its link with psychological well-being in Chile. (This project is partly funded by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)).  

In general, I am interested in inequalities based on social categories (e.g. ethnicity/race, socioeconomic status, gender) and their links with developmental and educational outcomes. To explore this, I mainly employ quantitative approaches.  


Jeongeun Park is a PhD researcher at the University of Bristol. She holds an MSc in Psychology of Education (BPS) (University of Bristol) and a BA in Children's Welfare & Studies (Sookmyung Women's University). 



  • aspirations
  • child development
  • group inequalities
  • secondary data analysis
  • social categories
  • immigration
  • gender
  • ethnicity
  • socio-economic status


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