The Center for Transnational Migration and Social Inclusion (CTMS) at Seoul National University aims to build on the work of the Care Work and the Economy project to advance the issues of care and social inclusion by continuing to produce new research to fully understand the nature of care work and care workers (focusing on women and migrant workers); developing a social inclusion watch to help measure and continuously evaluate social inclusion in the country; and becoming a hub and cultivating a network of researchers, advocacy groups, and policymakers all working together to address care and social inclusion. Learn more about CTMS here


The Care Economies in Context Project will be led by Ito Peng, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and the Director of the Centre for Global Social Policy at the University of Toronto and the Canadian Research Chair in Global Social Policy. The project pulls together research teams from eight different countries and is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Open Society Foundations, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the University of Toronto. This global project explores paid and unpaid childcare, elder care, and sick and disabled care in eight countries around the world. How care is organized impacts our entire economic and social system as well as every individual within it; it intersects with gender, age, migration and citizenship status, and racial and socio-economic inequality. Along with an international team of academic researchers, this partnership involves representatives from key international and national policy and non-profit sector partners. Once the country  teams have mapped and measured country-level care economies, they will conduct comparative analyses to understand the institutions, cultures, and social and economic policies that shape differences and similarities across varying contexts. Learn more about the Care Economies in Context Project here


Isabella Aboderin of the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in Nairobi and University of Bristol, and Professor Ito Peng of the University of Toronto lead the Care Work and Economy Africa Project, in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU). This two-country program of research and policy engagement builds on the 2017-2021 Care Work and the Economy Project in order to advance the development of transformative care systems and economies in Africa as part of Africa’s endeavour to harness its demographic transition and to forge a gender-aware and equitable post-COVID19 future. Supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the project will bring together, in the next five years, a team of African and international scholars and institutions in an equitable, Africa-led partnership.  It will conduct research in Kenya and Senegal to help develop transformative early child care (ECC) and long-term care (LTC) systems and economies that enhance care quality and reduce and redistribute the extensive unpaid care work women provide in households and communities. Learn more about the Care Economy Africa Project here


Through a multidisciplinary approach articulating both quantitative and qualitative research methods, the Cuidado y Género (Care and Gender) project seeks to contribute to the public debate for the design of public policies that prioritize investments in care services and promote gender equality in Colombia. Project activities will focus on exploring a range of topics: (i) a quantitative analysis with a gender perspective of the labor market and time use surveys; (ii) a legal analysis of Colombian care services for differently situated groups; (iii) a qualitative analysis of women’s experiences as care providers and their decisions on labor market participation as a result of care responsibilities; (iv) a qualitative analysis of decisions about reproduction and reproductive freedom as a result of the gender division of labor; and (v) the design of a macroeconomic model that integrates the care economy and allows the evaluation of the impact of public policies on people’s well-being and the reduction of gender gaps. Some of these research topics are inspired by international experiences, particularly the South Korean project on care economy led by María Floro and Elizabeth King at American University. Learn more about  Cuidado y Género here