IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Parents’ dual reconciliation of gainful employment and childcare: Empirical evidence from Austria

29 November 2022, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Parents shopping with child. Image: Gustavo Fring via Pexels

Join this event to hear Dr Gerlinde Mauerer discuss her new research based upon investigations of men’s parental leave and work-family-arrangements.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Jenny Woodman


Thomas Coram Research Unit Library
27 - 28 Woburn Square

The new research asks if and how parents’ dual uptake of parental leave promotes the deconstruction of gender inequalities in parents’ reconciliation of gainful employment and childcare. The data gained from the research offers multi-perspective findings related to parents’ strategies in sharing gainful work and childcare and investigating couples’ interactions. 

In this event, Gerlinde will explore how the the impact of social parenting norms in parents’ reports and ask, how a wider group of parents might be attracted to dually taking parental leave and claiming childcare benefits, as men’s shares are still lower than women’s, in Austria and internationally.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in parental leave, gender, work-life balance and childcare.

Please note that this is a hybrid event and can be joined either in-person or virtually.

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About the Speaker

Dr Gerlinde Mauerer

Senior Researcher at Department of Sociology, University of Vienna

Her main research interests are: gender and family research, focusing on empirical studies on parental leave. Her recent research included masculinities studies, sociology of health and illness, and feminist theories. In 2016 she was Visiting Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of York, UK.