ESPAnet conference in Vienna in September 2022
September 14, 2022 - September 16, 2022
Vienna, Austria
April, 4th, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has delivered a profound shock to our societies and economies. It forced local governments across the globe to adopt restrictive measures to control the outbreak, such as mandatory working from home for “non-primary” working categories (i.e., office workers), the closure, and the reorganization of new rules for schools, childcare, and elderly care facilities.
All these aspects have changed people’s jobs and lives, with many implications for people’s personal and family wellbeing. In 2021, the European Union documented that the level of well-being and mental health of citizens has reached an all-time low; people experience more work-life conflict, especially those that never experience working from home, women, and those who had other care commitments.
This session intends to focus on the implications of the pandemic for the way people reconcile care and work across Europe as well as innovative policies, practices, and solutions. Care appears to be a transversal category across the family life span and cannot be reduced only to childcare duty.
In this light, specific topics are particularly welcome:

  • the new risks and challenges in integrating work and care responsibilities during the entire life span, such as childcare, elderly and disabled care, family conflict and instability, illness;
  • implications of pandemic containment policies and practices across Europe on specific groups (i.e. women, parents, and caregivers) targeted in integrating working life and care responsibilities;
  • the impact of working from home – still widely used – on work-life integration;
  • innovative policies and solutions – at the European, national and local level – to promote a positive work-care balance in the post-pandemic society

Research contributions, using both qualitative and quantitative methods that address the work-life integration in the post-pandemic society from a comparative as well as country-specific perspective are welcome.

DEADLINE: 

FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: 4 April 2022

NOTIFICATION OF ABSTRACT ACCEPTANCE: 13 May 2022

SUBMISSION (UPLOADING) OF FULL PAPER: 15 August 2022