Enhancing Capabilities? Rethinking Work-life Policies and their Impact from a New Perspective

This European Research Council project 2019-2023, led by the University of Utrecht, will ask: To what extent do work-life balance policies enhance men and women’s capabilities to achieve work-life balance? CAPABLE progresses scientific and policy frontiers using innovative, mixed-methods approaches at multiple policy levels to analyse:

1. The  design of work-family policies;

2. What these policy designs mean for what men and women are effectively able to achieve – their capabilities – to achieve work-life balance given their embeddedness in individual, community and social contexts;

3. Whether work-life policies enhance individual wellbeing; and

4. What policy tools are needed for developing sustainable work-life balance policies that enhance gender equal work-life capabilities.


COFACE Families Europe sits on the advisory board of this project.