Gender Inequality in Work, Care, and Wellbeing: COVID-19 and beyond

Dr Mara A. Yerkes (Utrecht University) will present research from the COVID Gender (In)equality Survey Netherlands (COGIS-NL) study.

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Seen from a gender lens, the COVID-19 pandemic and far-reaching measures taken by governments to reduce its impact have the potential to magnify existing inequalities between working men and women. However, they also have the potential to reduce existing inequalities. At this seminar, Dr Mara A. Yerkes will present research from the COVID Gender (In)equality Survey Netherlands (COGIS-NL) study, demonstrating the varied effect of the pandemic on Dutch mothers and fathers’ experiences of paid work, household and care responsibilities, and wellbeing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. During the second half of the seminar, Dr Yerkes will link these results to her ERC-CoG project CAPABLE, which offers a cross-national examination of gender inequalities in work-life balance. Integrating these two projects, she outlines challenges for gender inequality research in the pandemic and beyond.


Mara A. Yerkes is Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Science, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Her research broadly centres on comparative social policy (including welfare states, family policy, industrial relations and citizenship regimes) and social inequalities (around work, care, communities and families, in particular in relation to gender, generations, and sexuality). Yerkes is the principal investigator of the ERC project CAPABLE, a comparative study on gender inequalities in work-life balance in eight European countries, and of COVID19 Gender (In)equality Survey Netherlands (CoGIS-NL), a longitudinal research project involving researchers from Utrecht University and Radboud University Nijmegen. She is the co-chair of the European Social Policy Analysis Network (ESPAnet) and joint editor of Community, Work, and Family. Yerkes is also the author of numerous articles and books, including Transforming the Dutch Welfare State: Social Risks and Corporatist Reform (2011; Policy Press) and co-editor of Social Policy and the Capability Approach: concepts, measurement and application (2019; Policy Press). 

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