Quality of Life, Family, and Work

From left to right: Susan Westing-Kilian, Sven Lenkewitz, Sonja Bastin, Christine Borowsky, Ulrike Ehrlich, Sonja DrobničFrom left to right: Susan Westing-Kilian, Sven Lenkewitz, Sonja Bastin, Christine Borowsky, Ulrike Ehrlich, Sonja Drobnič

Fundamental changes in both work and family domains have occurred in past decades. Family forms have become more diverse and complex. In the work domain, changes include declining employment security, uncertain social mobility, increasing flexibility in terms of how, when and where work is done, as well as blurring boundaries between work and private life. There is a widespread perception of an increased workload, intensification of work, and concern about balancing work and family life.

The thematic focus of the working group 'Quality of Life, Family, and Work' lies at the interface between work and family, the dynamics of life courses trajectories of men and women in different family and household constellations, as well as the consequences for the wellbeing of individuals and families. In terms of research methods, we particularly apply longitudinal design and cross-national comparison.

Research topics include:

  • Employment dynamics over the life course
  •  Job mobility and family
  • Quality of life, quality of work, and well-being
  • Social capital and inequalities in non-European societies
  • Social inequality and gender

 

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