Reimagining Care/Work Policies

Families’ Care/Work Lives and COVID-19

This national and international project aims to assess the diverse immediate and (potential) long-term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on parents’ paid and unpaid work, employment experiences and outcomes, and gendered divisions and relations of household work and care work. 

In the summer of 2021, we launched a survey exploring people’s work and family lives with a team from six countries (Canada, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden, and the United States). This idea initially emerged from colleagues in the International Network on Leave Policies and Research (LP&R). 

We are also exploring intersections between policies, families’ paid work and unpaid care work, and child and parental well-being. The project currently has two parts, with a third in progress (the Care/Work Portrait Project).

An international comparative survey (Familydemic) with six countries


Anna Kurowska (University of Warsaw, Poland)

Canadian Co-investigators:

Andrea Doucet and Sylvia Fuller

Kurowska, A., Barardehi, I., Fuller, S., Petts, R., Kaufman G., Doucet, A., et al. (2022). Familydemic Cross Country and Gender Dataset on Work and Family Outcomes during COVID-19 Pandemic. Scientific Data10(2).

A Canadian survey that expands issues examined in the Familydemic international survey, with attention to diverse families,  intersections between care/work policies, families’ paid work and unpaid care work, and child and parental well-being 


Sylvia Fuller and Andrea Doucet

Research team:

Karen Foster (Dalhousie University), Donna Lero (University of Guelph), Eva Jewell (Ryerson University), Sophie Mathieu (Université TELUQ), and Melissa Milkie (University of Toronto),  and Kim deLaat (Brock University)

Student research assistants:

Rebecca Qin (UBC), Alyssa Gerhardt, and Rachel McLay (Dalhousie University) 

de Laat, K., Doucet, A., & Gerhardt, A. (2023). More than Employment Policies? Parental Leaves, Flexible Work and Fathers’ Participation in Unpaid Care Work. Community, Work & Family. Online First.

Related Projects

Care/Work Portrait Project

Employment Policies