Chiho is a PhD student at the School of Social work. His primary research interest lies in how poverty is measured and what impact policies have on it — how existing social mechanisms influence poverty. Specifically, his interests include quantitative studies for measuring poverty and developing anti-poverty strategies, in estimating the national minimum living cost, and disentangling the determinants of poverty and its effects on socioeconomic status of the underprivileged, with a focus on linking research to policy and examining how research results are used by policy makers. Prior to enrolling in the PhD program, he worked as a researcher at the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs from 2007 to 2011. He completed his BA (2005) and MSW (2007) in the Department of Social Welfare at Seoul National University, Korea.