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Team Austria
Work-Care Tensions

Spannungsfeld Beruf-Familie

About the topic

What? The Austrian team will “translate” (i.e. collect, summarize, make understandable and accessible) findings from existing research projects within the EU Framework Programmes and initiate their discussion in a local context.
Was? Das österreichische Team wird vorhandene Forschungsergebnisse aus EU Rahmenprogrammen zur lokalen Präsentation und informierten Diskussion mit lokalen Akteuren sammeln, zusammenfassen und aufbereiten.

Where? The Austrian team will implement local dissemination activities in Vienna, Austria.
Wo? Das österreichische Team führt lokale Dissemination-Veranstaltungen in Wien durch

Main sub-themes: (1) Breadwinner to Dual Earner
(2) Childcare and Parental Leave.
Schwerpunktthemen: (1) Vom männlichen Ernährer- zum Zweiverdienerhaushalt
(2) Kinderbetreuung und Elternkarenz

Why? To support the current local policy debate on higher labour market participation of women with children vs. the strong Austrian tradition of caring for children at home. To discuss how to handle/balance childcare and work/professional career with children of different ages, how others do it and discuss extensive female parental leave vs. life course concepts of work (and social security).

Warum? Ziel der Präsentation(en) und Veranstaltungen ist eine informierte Diskussion in der aktuellen Debatte zur höheren Arbeitsmarktaktivität von Frauen mit (Klein-)Kindern, welche im Gegensatz zur österreichischen Tradition der Selbstbetreuung von (Klein-)Kindern durch die Mutter steht. Weiters sollen die daraus Verteilung der Tages/Wochen/Lebenszeit auf die Bereiche Arbeit und Kinderbetreuung/Haushalt sowie Elternkarenz, Karriere und soziale Sicherheit diskutiert werden.

Whom to reach? (1) Through five events in Vienna (optional: other Austrian city): local NGOs, policy makers (middle/higher level), trade unions, labor representatives, regional organizations and services, companies. (2) Through mailing of material and policy briefs: local and Austrian NGOs, policy makers, trade unions, labour representatives, regional organizations and services, companies, etc. (3) Through press (e.g. newspapers): general public. (4) Through newsletter: all interested parties.

What will be disseminated?: We will disseminate research findings from the following projects:
Was wird präsentiert und diskutiert? Wir stellen Ergebnisse aus folgenden Projekten vor:

(1) WORKCARE (2006-2009), a project on the social quality and changing relationships between work, care and welfare in Europe.
(2) HWF (2000-2003), a project on households, work and flexibility.
(3) MULTILINKS (2008-2011), a project on how demographic changes shape intergenerational solidarity, well-being and social integration.
(4) MOCHO (2001-2004), a project on the rationale of motherhood choices, the influence of employment conditions and public policies.
(5) IFAC (2006.2008), a project on empowering young women through learning for technical professions and science.
(6) Meta-Analysis of Gender and Science Research (2008- ), a project studying segregation in research careers.

Team Info:

AT Team (P1): IHS- Institute for Advances Studies, Coordinator
Researchers: Dr. Michaela Gstrein, Dr. Liliana Mateeva
Knowledge transfer: Tanja Gewis (IHS), Lev Ratner (IHS), students
Communication: Tanja Gewis (IHS), Lev Ratner, Alexander Chvorostov, students
Film: CROW Video (Markus Lobner)
Local IT and communication firm: FMS
Contact: Dr. Michaela Gstrein (, Dr. Liliana Mateeva (
Documents – AT
    Work-Care Tensions in Europe
    (09.Jul 2011, Budapest)
    Finale WORKCARESYNERGIES Diskussionsgruppe WS 7 (concluding discussion,
    20. October 2011)

  • Einladung
  • Mitschrift
    Filmabend mit Interview-Eltern (10.Dec 2011)

  • Mitschrift

The WORKCARESYNERGIES dissemination project ran for two years (2010/2011) and finished in December 2011.
Nevertheless, this homepage is being maintained for the next years to allow downloads of project information and related documents.