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Conference - Global Need for Formal Child Care


Call for papers

The need for formal child care is becoming a pressing global challenge. Dramatic economic changes have seen unprecedented rates of women participating in paid market work across the world. However, this fundamental transition in how women organize their lives has not been met by an equally dramatic transition in how children are cared for. Consequently, women across the globe are faced with tough choices regarding the trade-offs between work, personally caring for their children and using often substandard alternative child care arrangements. With much effort focused on improving work opportunities for women, policy efforts regarding child care have lagged.


This mini-conference will bring together stakeholders and scholars to focus on the tensions between women’s work and child care, particularly as they relate to formal child care and women’s outcomes. The event will highlight policy implications of research findings and will be relevant for academics as well as policy-makers and practitioners at local and international levels. We invite research from all disciplinary and methodological perspectives including empirical and theoretical contributions. Research from all geographic areas will be considered, although we are especially interested in work in resource poor settings. Thematic sessions will be determined based on submissions.


To be considered for a presentation at the mini-conference, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words. In addition to conveying the contribution to knowledge, policy relevance, findings and/or implications, your abstract should note the specific setting in question.


Abstracts must be received by May 1, 2017. 
Please submit your abstract through the EasyChair conference system here. (N.B. you will need to create an EasyChair account) 

Conference website: here

For more information about the conference, email Heidi Hoernig.
For questions about the abstract submission, email Professor Sarah Brauner-Otto.

Conference details

Date: Friday, August 11, 2017
Location: McGill University, Montreal, Québec
Funding: Limited funds are available to contribute to the travel expenses for scholars from low and lower middle income countries presenting papers at this conference.

The conference is organized as part of the GrOW project Improving childcare options to create better economic opportunities for women in Nairobi slums led by Shelley Clark, Director, Centre on Population Dynamics and Professor, Sociology, McGill University.