Reimagining Care/Work Policies

Family Policies and Family Stories (and Methodological Innovation)

Family Policies and Family Stories (and Methodological Innovation)

Our project on Family Policies and Family Stories will work with community partners to explore the care/work lives of a diverse group of families with young children in Canada. We also look specifically at how they experience the impacts of early learning and childcare, parental leaves, and employment policies.

A team of highly experienced qualitative and post-qualitative researchers and community partner organizations (that work with Indigenous, Black, LGBTQ2Is, rural, and low-income families as well as families with disabilities, among other diverse families) will engage with a multiplicity of data, including stories, and visual and digital data.

We are also working to integrate feminist, relational, ecological, Indigenous, anti-racist, and decolonizing methodologies to guide our research. We aim to respectfully combine the possibilities and challenges of working with diverse methodological and onto-epistemological approaches.


Andrea Doucet

Team Members:

Jennifer Adese (University of Toronto), Patty Douglas (Brandon University), Karen Foster (Dalhousie University), Meg Gibson (University of Waterloo), Sadie Goddard-Durant (Brock University), Janna Klostermann (Brock University), Eva Jewell (Ryerson University), Sophie Mathieu (Université TELUQ), Lindsey McKay (Thompson Rivers University), Carol Rowan, Vanessa Watts (McMaster University)

Community Partners:

Brandon Friendship Centre; Chippewas of the Thames First Nation – Enji-Maajtaawaad Early Years Centre; Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak/Women of the Métis Nation; The 519; Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities; TAIBU Community Health Centre; Egale Canada Human Rights Trust; First Nations Information Governance Centre; Atlas.Ti Scientific Software Development, and more to be announced.

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