Reimagining Care/Work Policies

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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