Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Academic short-listed for Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research

Mon May 12 11:11:00 BST 2014

Professor Lynn Prince Cooke has been selected as one of five finalists for the annual Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research; an award given to the author(s) of the best research paper published in a given year.

Professor Cooke’s co-authored article, 'Labor of love: wives’ employment and divorce risk in its socio-political context' was short-listed by a committee of over 70 leading scholars from 10 countries, who examined over 2,000 articles published in 74 leading English-language journals from around the world.

The award is a joint project of the Center for Families at Purdue University and the Boston College Center for Work & Family.

The winner of the award will be announced at the upcoming conference of the Work-Family Researchers’ Network in New York City on 19-21 June, 2014.

Commenting on this achievement, Professor Cooke said: "The comparative analyses in the article revealed that policies supporting wives’ and mothers’ employment are associated with lower divorce risk for dual-earner families. This is a finding of importance to families as well as policy makers, so I am delighted that the award review committee members recognised the article as making a substantial contribution to work-family research."