Gender, work and care responsibilities

Alkaa kello
Päättyy kello

Linna building 5th floor, room 5026, address: Kalevantie 5


Tampere Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family Research PERLA in co-operation with the research consortiums Finnish Childcare Policies: In/Equality in Focus (CHILDCARE) and Social and Economic Sustainability of Future Work-life (WeAll) organizes an open international research seminar on gender, work and care responsibilities. CHILDCARE and WeAll are funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland.


12.15–12.20 Welcome

12.20–13.05 Takayuki Sasaki: Women, work and childcare arrangements in Japan

13.05–13.50 Charlotta Niemistö: "It's been a hard day's night": blurring boundaries and shifts for work and care

13.50–14.05 Coffee

14.05–14.50 Johanna Lammi-Taskula: Fathers and parental leave in Finland

14.50–15.00 Discussion


Dr. Sasaki (Osaka University of Commerce, Japan) is visiting professor at PERLA – Tampere Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family Research. Dr. Sasaki received his PhD in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Since 2008, he has been involved in the Japanese General Social Survey (JGSS) Project. JGSS is a repeated large scale survey with a nationally representative sample conducted every two years. His main research focus has been on family relationships among those who have small children, such as transition to parenthood, father’s roles in child development, and gender-role attitudes. Recently, his research interest has extended to family policies. The purpose of his visit is to identify challenges and future directions that Japan has, by reviewing policy designing and evaluation system in Finland where family policies are well-established.

Dr. Niemistö is project leader at Hanken School of Economics, department of Management and Organisation. Her doctoral thesis in 2011 was about family policies, gender equality and corporate level policies for reconciling work and family in Finland. Since then, Niemistö has work with questions around work/family reconciliation, boundaries between work and non-work and work wellbeing. She is a member of the Secretariat in GODESS Research institute, a research and development collaboration between Hanken School of Economics; Jyväskylä University, School of Business and Economics, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Industrial Engineering and Management, Stockholm, Sweden; The Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability Research Unit, GLASS, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; and Sobey School of Business doctoral program, St Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada. Her current work in the Academy of Finland (Council for Strategic Research) funded project Social and Economic Sustainability of Future Working Life (WeAll) focuses on managing boundaries between work and non-work, coping at work, inequalities and intersectionalities in work organisations.

Dr. Lammi-Taskula is a head of the Children, Youth and Families Unit of the THL. Her fields of expertise are family policy, gender equality policy, reconciliation of work and family, and wellbeing of children and families. She has worked in several research projects related to child care policies and practices. The most recent projects include ‘Parental leave, gender equality and the economic crisis’ (2013-15), ‘The consequences of work insecurity on work – family relations and wellbeing (2009-11) and CHILDCARE (2015-). Dr. Lammi-Taskula has also worked in several governmental committees and working groups as an expert on family policy and gender equality in Finland. She was a member of the EU Network of Excellence RECWOWE (Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe) in 2006-2011 and national expert in the EGGSI network (Network on Gender Equality, Social Inclusion, Health and Long Term Care) in 2011-12. Dr. Lammi-Taskula has authored or co-authored several publications on work-family reconciliation, parental leave and fathers in Finnish, English and Swedish.


We kindly ask you to register for the coffee service by March 2nd.


Director Katja Repo,
Researcher Eija Eronen,