Annual Seminars


2018 Toronto → Video

Session 1: Canada and the Province of Québec: ‘One Country, Two Leave Benefit Regimes, Many Complexities’

Overview of Canadian parental leave policies

Rutha Astravas (Employment and Social Development, Government of Canada)

Overview of Québec parental leave policies

Nicholas-James Clavet (Conseil de gestion de l’assurance parentale, Government of Québec)

The Québec Parental Insurance Program: Impacts on fathers’ participation in the family

Diane Gabrielle Tremblay (TELUQ, University du Québec, Canada)

Canadian Parental Leave Policies: design, equality, fit and futures

Andrea Doucet (Brock University, Canada), Lindsey McKay (Thompson Rivers University, Canada) and Sophie Mathieu (Brock University, Canada)

Session 2: The United States

The path less chosen: Evolution of parental leave in the USA

Shirley Gatenio Gabel (Fordham University, USA) and Gayle Kaufman (Davidson College, USA)

Breaking the liberal-market mold? Family policy variation across U.S. states and why it matters

Cassandra Engeman (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Session 3: How does parental leave fit with other care policies?

Leave in Europe: Laws, policies and social issues

Fred Deven (Population and Family Research Centre, Belgium) and Peter Moss (University College London, UK)

Social and gender inequalities in access to parental leave benefits: Trends in European countries and their relation to family policy paradigms

Ivana Dobrotić (University of Zagreb, Croatia) and Sonja Blum (University of Hagen, Germany)

Universal basic income, parenting leave and gender equality

Alison Koslowski (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Session 4A and 4B (concurrent sessions): What leave policy designs maximize equality and impact – and for whom? Insights from the Global South and North

Session 4A

Parental leaves and care in Uruguay

Karina Batthyany (University of the Republic, Uruguay)

New developments in Mexican parental leave policies

Candido Perez (Early Institute, Mexico)

Class, gender and maternity and paternity leaves in Brazil

Bila Sorj (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Session 4B

The right to time: unequal working hours and the failure of gender equality policies

Frances Camilleri-Cassar (University of Malta, Malta)

Current challenges in leave policies in Finland

Johanna Lammi-Taskula (National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland)

Menstrual leave – A new controversy?

Marian Baird and Elizabeth Hill (University of Sydney, Australia)

Sessions 5A and 5B (concurrent sessions): What leave policy designs maximize gender equality and impact?

Sesssion 5A

Individual leave for fathers in Norway: Promoting gender equality

Elin Kvande and Berit Brandth (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)

Dad and partner pay: The emergence of paternity leave in Australia

Leo Gordon and Marian Baird (University of Sydney, Australia)

Leave policy in the context of the economic crisis: The effectiveness of corporate gender equality plans in improving leave provisions in Spain

Gerardo Meil, Pedro Romero-Balsas, Concepción Castrillo-Bustamante (Universidad Autonoma, Spain)

Session 5B

Parental Leave Policies in Lithuania: New Developments and Social Issues

Rūta Brazienė and Sonata Vyšniauskienė (Lithuanian Centre for Social Research, Lithuania)

Childbirth related leaves in the European former communist countries: Transitions in the last several decades

Nada Stropnik (Institute of Economic Research, Slovenia) and Ivana Dobrotic (University of Zagreb, Croatia)

Women’s and men’s parental leave – paid and unpaid work

Ann-Zofie Duvander and Ida Viklund (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Session 6: Measuring impacts: Leaves and gender equality

Women, Business and the Law: Comparing leave policies across 189 economies

Katrin Schulz and Tanya Primiani (World Bank Group, USA)

Paid Family Leave: How much time is enough?

Alieza Durana and Haley Swenson, Better Life Lab, New America/Slate Magazine

Sessions 7A and 7B (concurrent sessions): Measuring Impacts: Leaves, policy design, and gender equality

Session 7A

Predictors and consequences of leave-taking among American fathers

Richard J. Petts (Ball State, USA) and Chris Knoester (Ohio State, USA)

Children’s agency, father’s positive health and work-related benefits, and paternal leave provisions in Scotland and Romania

Alexandra Macht (Oxford Brookes University, UK)

Fathers quota in Iceland for eighteen years: The effects on work and care

Guðný Björk Eydal (University of Iceland, Iceland)

Session 7B

Comparison of real opportunities provided by parental leaves set in socio-economic and institutional contexts: A capability approach perspective

Anna Kurowska (Institute of Social Policy, University of Warsaw, Poland)

Employed or Inactive? Cross-national differences in coding parental leave beneficiaries in Labour Force Survey data and its consequences for comparative research

Malgorzata Mikucka and Marie Valentova (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, Luxemburg)

The Use and Sharing of Parental Leave in Canada: Two policy changes

Rachel Margolis (University of Western Ontario, Canada), Feng Hou, Mike Haan, and Anders Holm