The WFRN is the premier peer community for multidisciplinary work and family scholars seeking to share their work and to meet each other both on and offline.  It also provides valuable service to teachers, workplace practitioners, caregivers, and advocates interested in applying and advancing the insights generated by work-family research.

WFRN is open to anyone interested in work and family research. While membership is geared toward the global community of work and family academics and scholars—including faculty, staff, students, teachers, and researchers—policy makers, practitioners, journalists, care providers, and interested others are encouraged to join as well.

Member Benefits

  • Participate in-person and virtual conferences
  • Opportunity to join and engage with a global community of work-family scholars
  • Opportunity to be listed among experts on work-family, increasing visibility, prospects for media engagement, collaboration and consultation
  • Weekly News & Events Feed, information about work-family concerns in the media
  • A customized Research Feed, information on the newest scholarly research
  • Opportunity to assume leadership roles as elected officers and serve on committees
  • Opportunity to join and lead knowledge communities and special interest groups
  • Opportunity to lead WFRN initiatives, including new positions as content development leaders
  • Voting privileges

Beyond the direct benefits outlined above, members support quality employment, access to care, and sustainable social policies as they contribute to the WFRN and its outreach efforts.

What Members Have to Say About the WFRN

The interdisciplinary nature of our topic, and, often, our work, requires an organization centered around work-family research, and not a specific discipline. This feature, and the efforts to extend membership beyond the United States, is a critical reason why I joined the WFRN. If I am going to stay on top of key developments in my specialty areas, have opportunities to interact with practitioners, and locate academic collaborators whose work complements my own, I need an organization that incorporates those elements into its mission. The WFRN is that organization for me. Noelle Chesley, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The network is a great forum to learn from those who have been in the field for long. I have met and learnt from researchers who I have only before quoted in my studies! The amazing thing is that they are also ready to listen to others and to support them in their novice level of research. Thank you WFRN for that great opportunity!  Irene Kinuthia, Director of the Centre for Research on Organizations Work and the Family, Strathmore Business School, Nairobi, Kenya

The work-family field is very diverse in terms of discipline and subject matter.  As a member of WFRN, I can easily keep tabs on this fast-moving field and connect with researchers and practitioners from all over the world.  And, the biannual meeting is amazing!!  Since everyone there knows work-family, the session conversations are fantastic. I received wonderfully insightful comments on my work, made new friends, and I got to interact with some of the “giants” in the field.  Usually, I feel a little tired after a conference is over, but this one left me feeling energized and renewed. Sam Ammons, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Omaha

The WFRN provides a fantastic forum for knowledge exchange at a global level. The network provides an opportunity for us to increase our understanding of how different countries have attempted to resolve challenges associated with work /family reconciliation — such critical engagement is hugely important to my work and I am a great supporter and am privileged to be a member. Grace James, Associate Professor, Reading University School of Law, UK and Co-Director of FAWN (Families And Work Net in the UK) 

I am a member of WFRN because it is the premiere interdisciplinary professional association for scholars of the work-family interface.   The in-depth information on the website is beneficial in terms of conducting research and finding out cutting-edge information.  The conference, in particular, is invaluable in terms of the sheer exposure to new and exciting areas of work-family scholarship and the opportunities offered to network across so many disciplines. Krista Lynn Minnotte, PhD., Associate Professor, University of North Dakota

There could not be a better forum for a collection of such incredible scholars interested in work/family studies. You can’t help feeling incomplete if you are not a member. The membership is exciting.  Ejike Okonkwo, Lecturer in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, Department of Psychology, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Nigeria

I joined the Work and Family Research Network to be part of a larger, interdisciplinary community that has similar interests and goals of working towards strengthening and growing work and family research and policy. Andrea Swenson, Doctoral Student, Virginia Tech 

Membership in WFRN has helped me in many ways. I have been able to network with cutting edge researchers and to form research groups with others in work and family which has resulted in several publications and presentations. I very much enjoy being a part of an international community of work/family researchers who are committed to understanding and enriching this vital area. Alysa D. Lambert, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Indiana University Southeast

Being a member of the WFRN provides me with the ideal forum for expanding my research network worldwide. At the recent inaugural conference in NYC, I was able to reconnect with colleagues and friends I’ve known while living in the U.S., Quebec-Canada and France, as well as make new connections with scholars from as far as South America and Australia. It was also the perfect time and place to gather in person with fellow Early Career Scholars of the WFRN.  Pamela Lirio, Assistant Professor of Management, EDHEC Business School