Brief Description:Francie Lund is working with Debbie Budlender on a three-year UNRISD research project on the political and social economy of paid and unpaid care work.
A systematic analysis of selected dimensions of care is being undertaken in eight countries, from four regions: India, South Korea, Japan, South Africa, Tanzania, Argentina, Nicaragua, and Switzerland. The purpose is to explore different care regimes in these countries, particularly how care is distributed between the family, the market and the state. A combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods is being used. All countries chosen will draw on the analysis of Time Use Survey data.
Several of the School’s Masters students will feed into the project through their dissertation work, along with Nina Hunter's doctoral research work.
Themes will include pressures underpinning the evolution of policy, an institutional analysis of care regimes, and micro-level quantitative and qualitative analyses of how women and men (and girls and boys) within households, and in the labour market, assume responsibility for the physical and emotional care of dependents, in both temporal and financial terms, and its implications for poverty and social exclusion. A mix of policies is needed to support the work of care and to redistribute it more equally between women and men; the findings of the project will be used to inform policy thinking in this area.
The project was developed by Shahra Razavi of UNRISD, and is supported by IDRC (Canada) and Swiss Development Cooperation (CDC).
Budlender, D. and Lund, F. (2011) South Africa: a legacy of family disruption. Development and Change, 42(4): 925 – 946.
Lund, F. (2010) Hierarchies of care work in South Africa: Nurses, social workers and home-based care workers. International Labour Review 149 (4) 2010.More
Professor Francie Lund