Reimagining Care/Work Policies

Kim de Laat is an Assistant Professor of Organization and Human Behaviour at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the Stratford School, she completed a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Gender and the Economy, University of Toronto, and a Mitacs postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Doucet at the Vanier Institute of the Family and the Department of Sociology, Brock University.

As a sociologist of work and culture, Kim is interested in how culture and work design shape inequality in organizational and creative contexts. In addition to her work with Dr. Doucet, she has two ongoing projects concerning the unintended consequences of formal and informal social policies aimed at reducing workplace inequalities; one focuses on gendered differences in the uptake of flexible work arrangements, and the other focuses on diversity initiatives in the music industry. Her work, supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, appears in such outlets as Feminist Formations, ILR Review, Journal of Gender Studies, Poetics, Socio-Economic Review, and Work and Occupations, among others, as well as in op-eds for the Globe & Mail, and Policy Options.