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

CABABLE is a European Research Council project 2019-2023, led by the University of Utrecht addressing a fundamental research question: To what extent do work-life balance policies enhance men and women’s capabilities to achieve work-life balance? COFACE is on the advisory board of this research project, making the links with EU and national policy developments on work-life balance.

The data collection is now underway! The national experts are working on completing the questionnaires for the 8-country policy study, and some of the first results of this sub-project will be presented at the International Leave Network meeting in Hamburg this August. Data collection for the Dutch in-depth case study is also moving forward, with discussions with local stakeholders taking place in Amsterdam and Nijmegen and focus groups being scheduled for the fall.

They have also been busy presenting and discussing the CAPABLE project with multiple audiences. Mara Yerkes (PI) travelled to Los Angeles as a visiting fellow at the World Policy Analysis Center, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She gave an invited talk about the ERC project in their Sustainable Development Goals seminar series on January 9th. While in the US, Mara also traveled to Irvine, California, where she was invited to give a talk at the Center for Demographic and Social Analysis. She met with CAPABLE advisory board member Prof. Judy Treas, and met with several of Prof. Treas’ colleagues to discuss the CAPABLE project. Most recently, Mara travelled to Nottingham, UK to present the CAPABLE project to staff and students in a joint invited seminar from the Identities, Citizenship, Equalities and Migration Centre and the International Centre for Public and Social Policy. The slides from this presentation are available on the project website under ‘News’ (or click here to view them directly).

For more, consult the project website www.worklifecapabilities.com and you can follow them on Twitter (@ERC_Capable) and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/erc-capable).