Social quality and changing relationships between work, care and welfare in Europe

How do people manage their lives?  How is work in the labour force and caring for children integrated in different European regions?  What is a good work-life balance?  The way in which work and care are managed depends upon the different social and labour market policies in different countries.  It also depends upon the values or goals that people might have-for example one couple might think it is important to care for the children themselves and not involve outside agencies, whereas another might prefer to use nurseries.  These values or cultures of care also vary across Europe.

At present the European Commission is trying to encourage as many people to be in the workforce as possible.  This is framed in what is known as the "Lisbon strategy".  However, it is also important to encourage household to have children in the face of an ageing population.  These perhaps contradictory policies mean that a lot of stress s put onto households to manage work and care.  This project will investigate how this takes place. 

Workcare is a project funded under the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Commission. 

About the Project

Workcare is a research project drawing upon the collaboration of 10 different institutional partners and 12 partners altogether.

It runs for three years from October 2006 to September 2009

Its aims are:

  • To describe and analyse the European-wide patterning of welfare, work and care drawing upon a variety of methods and sources including quantitative data (ECHP, ESS, ISSP, WVS, EVS) and qualitative interviews with selected households
  • To develop and apply a social quality perspective, enabling a sythesis of macro and micro levels of analysis
  • To analyse social policies for work and care at both a European and a national level
  • To explain the transitions between work and care on a comparative basis
  • To bring in an agency or capabilities perspective on the analysis of work and care by trying to understand the underlying values, cultures and strategies of households in Europe
  • To look at the role of flexibility in understanding the combinations of work and care both inside and outside the formal labour market.

University of Aberdeen, Scotland

  • Professor Claire Wallace, PI
  • Professor Bernadette Hayes, Dr. Florian Pichler

University of Warsaw, Institute for Social Studies, Poland

  • Professor Renate Siemienska, PI

Economics University of Vienna, Austria

  • Dr. Barbara Haas, PI
  • Nadia Steiber, Margit Hartl

University of Roskilde, Denmark

  • Professor Thomas Boje, PI
  • Anders Ernaes

University of Sussex, UK

  • Dr. Jacqueline O'Reilly, PI
  • Dr. John MacInnes, Dr. Ruth Woodfield

Nuffield Colleg Oxford, UK

  • Dr. Tiziana Nazio, PI

London School of Economics

  • Professor Jane Lewis, PI

Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

  • Professor Pamela Abbot, PI

TARKI Joint Research Centre, Hungary

  • Professor Endre Sik, PI
  • Andras Gabos

CIES/ISCTE, University of Lisbon, Portugal

  • Professor Analia Torres, PI

University of Florence DISPP, Italy

  • Associate Professor Rossanna Triffiletti, PI

Institute for Advance Studies, Vienna

  • Dr. Liliana Mateeva, PI
  • Dr. Michaela Gstrein

Over the course of the project, a variety of publications and outputs were produced.  Click on the following categories to be taken to a list of the downloads which are publically available.

Project Reports and Working Papers 

Working Paper 1: Literature Review pdf

Working Paper 2: Social quality and the Changing Relationships between Work, Care and Welfare in Europe-Social, demographic and employment trends pdf

Working Paper 3: Labour Market and Social Policies pdf

Working Paper 4: Orientations to Work and Care pdf

Working Paper 5: Qualitative Interviews with Households About Work and Care pdf

Working Paper 6: Flexible Employment Regimes in Managing Work and Care pdf

Working Paper 7: Labour Market Transitions and Household's Capabilities Around Time, Care and Employment pdf

Working Paper 8: Social Quality in Work and Care pdf

Policy Brief  pdf

CINEFOGO: Social Quality in Europe pdf

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 Leaflet 1: Project summary pdf

Leaflet 2: Clustering of Social, Demographic and Employment Trends in the EU pdf

Leaflet 3: An Evaluation of Materinity Leave Schemes and Support for Mothers With Young Children pdf

Leaflet 4: Orientations to Work and Care pdf

Leaflet 5: Family Policy and Welfare Regimes pdf

Leaflet 6: Flexicurity Policies: Are They Viable for Managing Work and Care?  pdf

Leaflet 7: Household Transitions between Work and Care pdf

Leaflet 8: Relevance to Society and European Public Policy pdf

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 Family Policy and Welfare Regimes By Anders Ejrnaes & Thomas P. Boje pdf

 Einstellungen zu Beruf und Familie: Eine Diskrepanz zwischen Anspruch und Wirklichkeit? By Barbara Haas and Nadia Steiber pdf

Wer bleibt beim Kind?  Elterliche Arbeitsteilung im Ländervergleich.  Qualitative Interviews mit Müttern und Vätern aus Wien und Kopenhagen. By Barbara Haas, Margit Hartel and Markus Tumeltshammer pdf

The Role of Flexible Employment Regimes in Managing Work and Care By Andras Gabos, Thomas Boje, Anders Ejrnaes, János Köllo, and Agota Scharle. pdf

Orientations to Work and Care By Barbara Haas and Nadia Steiber pdf

Macro Grouping of Work-Care Outcomes over Enlarged EU  By Liliana Mateeva and Michaela Gstrein pdf

Flexisecurity: Continuous commitment to the Labor Market By Pamela Abbott and Jane Lewis pdf

Evidence from ISSP on European Women's Work Histories and Preferences By John MacInnes pdf

Capabilities and Normative Gender Regiomes: Household Transitions Between Work and Care  By Jacqueline O'Reilly, Tiziana Nazio, Jose Roche, and John MacInnes.  pdf

Ways of Managing Work-Life Balance in Europe: Qualitative Interviews with Households about Work and Care.  By Rossana Trifiletti pdf

6. EU-Rahmenprogrammprojekt: (Oktober 2006-Oktober 2009) By Michaela Gstrein, Liliana Mateeva, Barbara Haas, Nadia Steiber, Margit Hartel and Markus Tumeltshammer. pdf

Makrotrends im Spannungsfeld „Arbeit-Kinderbetreuung“ in Europa: Eine MACRO-OUTCOME Gruppierung der EU 27 By Michaela Gstrein and Liliana Mateeva pdf

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