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ESA RN 14 mid-term Conference

Sep 2012

Leading researchers from across Europe discussed findings from the latest research into aspects of gender and employment at a conference held at NUI Galway.

The conference, jointly hosted by the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology and Global Women’s Studies on 6thand 7thSeptember, highlighted the advantages of analysing gender and work issues across an individual’s entire life time. Entitled Gender and Employment in Europe across the Lifecourse, the event was an interim conference of Research Network 14 of the European Sociological Association (ESA).

Some of the key issues discussed included:

  • The gendered impact of recession and austerity budgets on pensions, employment and poverty.
  • An exploration of the relationship between care provision and labour force participation.
  • The implications of extending working life.

In the current economic environment, the conference aimed to contribute to policy debates on the restructuring of the welfare state and provide rich empirical evidence on the consequences of such restructuring.

The plenary address was given by Professor Nicky le Feuvre, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). Professor le Feuvre is currently leading several research projects on gender and the labour market, with a particular focus on the transformation of gender inequalities from a comparative European perspective. She has published widely on the feminization of a number of occupations (doctors, lawyers, academics, domestic workers) in the UK and France and is currently working on the employment experiences of male and female seniors (50 years+) in Switzerland. 

The event was supported by the Institute for Business, Social Sciences and Public Policy, the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, Global Women’s Studies, the School of Political Science and Sociology, Gender Arc and the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s University Belfast.

For Further information please contact :

Dr. Áine Ní Léime (at the Irish Centre  for Social Gerontology, NUI Galway) Chair of RN14

Tel: (091-495458 and 086-8275415)

E: aine.nileime@nuigalway.ie

Christine de Largy, Irish Centre for Social Gerontology.


Tel : 091 495461