I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Research on Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CFBUPH) at Karlstad University. Our vision at the CFBUPH is to contribute to improving mental health and wellbeing of young people through excellent and interdisciplinary research focused on broader social and economic living conditions. CFBUPH is mainly funded by external grants.
My research focuses on the association between socioeconomic-demographic characteristics and mental health in children and adolescents in Sweden and Norway.
I received my MA in Education from Birmingham University, UK in 2003 and MSc in Sociological Demography from Stockholm University in 2009. I obtained my PhD in Sociological Demography from Stockholm University in 2014 with the thesis on Women’s Employment and Fertility Change in South Korea.
During 2014-2015, I worked as a research fellow at Stockholm University Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe, researching on fathers’ uptake of parental leave in Sweden, as well as life-course transitions in China. During 2016-2017, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Demographic Research, Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium (co-funded by the Marie Curie Actions of European Commission), conducting research on social policy, family formation and family disruption in China.
Ma, L., Turunen, J., & Rizzi, E. (2018). Divorce Chinese Style. Journal of Marriage and Family.
Mussino, E., Duvander, A.-Z., & Ma, L. (2018). Does time count? Immigrant fathers’ use of parental leave in Sweden. Population, forthcoming.
Ma, L., & Rizzi, E. (2017). Entry into first marriage in China. Demographic Research, 37(36): 1231-1244.
Ma, L. (2016). Female labor force participation and second birth rates in South Korea. Journal of Population Research, 33(2):173-195.
Ma, L. (2014). Economic crisis and women’s labour force return after childbirth: Evidence from South Korea. Demographic Research, 31(18): 511-552.
Ma, L. (2014). Female Employment and Fertility Change in South Korea. Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis. US-AB, Stockholm.
Ma, L. (2013). Employment and motherhood entry in South Korea, 1978-2006. Population, 68 (3): 419-446.