Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy

NEWFAMSTRAT: The New Shape of Family-Related Gender Stratification

Principal Investigator: Lynn Prince Cooke

Project Team: 

Lesley McKay, Project Administrator

Post-doctoral Research Associate 1: UK/German panel data specialist/analyst
Post-doctoral Research Associate 2: Finnish specialist (data and field work) (Currently recruiting - please see details below)
Post-doctoral Research Associate 3: German  specialist (German linked data and field work) (To be appointed in Year 3)

PhD Student (UK) (To be appointed in Year 2)

Funder: This project has recieved funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 680958)

Duration: 01 August 2016 – 31 July 2021

Currently Recruiting: Research Associate (Fixed Term)


Project rationale and aims

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About the project

The objective of this research is therefore to map how within-gender differences in employment, earning and domestic divisions predicted by partnership and parenthood vary among and between women and men in Finland, Germany, and the UK. The three countries were chosen for their contrasting gender, labour market, and welfare regimes. 

The comprehensive map of the “shape” of family-related gender inequalities will be achieved via four comparative subprojects exploring:

  1.  within-gender differences in the individual sources of economic inequalities in their country context
  2. Within-gender differences in the tradeoff between paid and unpaid work and equity within households, and their impact on family stability in each country
  3. Employer hiring preferences at the intersection of gender, family, and class in Finland, Germany and the UK. The role of firms in family-related earnings inequalities
  4. The contribution of employer wage discrimination to gender-class earnings inequalities predicted by partnership and parenthood in Finland and Germany

Data include several existing national panel and linked employee-employer panel datasets, as well as new primary data to be gathered on real-time employer hiring decisions via co-ordinated field correspondence studies. 


Proposed outputs

  • Invited talks and presentation of research results at a range of international professional conferences (on average 6 per year)
  • Submission of a minimum of 15 articles to demography, economic, social policy and/or sociology journals (open access where possible) 
  • A monograph pulling together the primary insights from the research towards  new theory development
  • A website to enable quick dissemination of early results and on-going outputs for academics, policy makers, and the general public
  • A series of 2-day workshops for researchers  working on similar projects to share advances in theory, data or analytical techniques 


International Advisory Board: 

  • Jani Erola, Professor of Sociology and Head of Sociology Unit, University of Turku 
  • Anette Fasang, Professor of Microsociology, Humboldt-University Berlin and Head of Demography and Inequality Research Unit, WZB 
  • Michael Gähler, Associate Professor of Sociology at the Swedish Institute for Social Research
  • Elke Holst, Research Director Gender Studies and Senior Economist, DIW Berlin
  • Jonathan James, Economics Lecturer at the University of Bath 
  • Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst


Find out more about this project

PI: Lynn Prince Cooke

Email: l.p.cooke@bath.ac.uk 

Phone: +44 (0)1225 383074