Carers@Work: Between Job and Care: Conflict or Opportunity? A Strategy for Securing Sustainable Future Care and Productivity Potentials in an Ageing Society – A European Comparison
Category: Demography and Society
Funder: Volkswagen Foundation
Carers@Work was a two year project, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation within their Research Programme: ‘Individual and Societal Perspectives of Ageing’. The aim was to examine the impact of combining work and care, and explore the strategies individuals use to try and create a balance. The Institute worked in partnership with four other European countries (Poland, UK, Germany and Italy) on several key elements:
- International literature review and secondary data analysis (SHARE and EUROFAMCARE);
- Analysis of the reconciliation problematic at enterprise level: A review of literature and examples of best practice (case studies), as well as expert interviews;
- Qualitative interviews with working carers: 50-60 interviews in each of the four participating countries.
The project’s website is available here: http://www.carersatwork.tu-dortmund.de/en/index.php
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