Dr Livia Oláh

Email: livia.olah@sociology.su.se
Phone: 00468162876
Address: Dept. of Sociology, Demography Unit, Stockholm University, 10691 Stockholm, Sweden


Livia Sz. Oláh is Associate Professor of Demography (Ph.D., 2001, Stockholm University) at the Dept. of Sociology, Stockholm University with expertise also in law and political science, comparative welfare state research and gender studies. Her main research interests are: family demography in comparative perspective with emphasis on men’s role in the family, policy impacts on fertility and partnership dynamics, and the interplay of family patterns and societal and familial gender relations in European societies. She is the Project coordinator of FamiliesAndSocieties (“Changing Families and Sustainable Societies: Policy contexts and diversity over the life course and across generations”) (http://www.familiesandsocieties.eu/), a project in the 7th Framework Programme (Febr. 2013 – Jan. 2017). Oláh is also the Principal Investigator of the Swedish part of the international comparative project “Explaining very low fertility in postindustrial societies” (http://lowfertility.sociology.su.se), financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. She has been the initiator and coordinator of the research network Gendering European Family Dynamics; a member of the Network of Excellence RECWOWE (Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe; 2006-2011), academic observer for Sweden in the European Alliance for Families (2009-2012), a member of the editorial advisory board of The Open Demography Journal, Bentham Science Publishers, USA (2008-2014) and of an international advisory panel to the Fatherhood Institute in the UK (2010), as well as of reference groups for Swedish government reports on family issues

Three recently published works:

  • Oláh, Livia Sz. and Michael Gähler (2014) "Gender Equality Perceptions, Division of Paid and Unpaid Work, and Partnership Dissolution in Sweden", Social Forces, 93 (2): 571-594.
  • Oláh, Livia Sz. and Ewa Fratczak (eds.) (2013): Childbearing, Women’s Employment and Work-Life Balance Policies in Contemporary Europe. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Oláh, Livia Sz. (2011): “Time policies and birth rates. Fertility rates, female work and the time structure of early childhood-education in post-war Europe”, in K. Hagemann, K. Jarausch and C. Allemann-Ghionda (eds.) Children, Families and States: Time Policies of Child Care and Primary Schooling in East and West Europe, New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, pp. 113-131.

Three frequently cited works:

  • Oláh, Livia Sz. and Eva M. Bernhardt (2008): “Sweden: Combining childbearing and gender equality.” Demographic Research, Special Collection 7: Childbearing Trends and Policies in Europe, edited by Tomas Frejka et al., Vol. 19, article 28, pp. 1105-1144.
  • Puur, Allan; Oláh, Livia Sz.; Tazi-Preve, Mariam Irene and Jürgen Dorbritz (2008): "Men's childbearing desires and views of the male role in Europe at the dawn of the 21st century." Demographic Research, Vol. 19, article 56, pp. 1883-1912.
  • Oláh, Livia Sz. (2003): “Gendering fertility: Second births in Sweden and Hungary”, Population Research and Policy Review, 22 (2): 171-200.

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Changing families and sustainable societies: Policy contexts and diversity over the life course and across generations
01/02/2013 - 31/01/2017
The main objectives of this project are to investigate the diversity of family forms, relationships, and life courses in Europe; to assess the compatibility of existing policies with these changes; and to contribute to evidence-based policy-making. The project will extend our kno...

Network: Gendering European Family Dynamics
01/05/2006 - 31/12/2007
The main aim of the network is to enhance our understanding on the dramatic changes in family patterns and the mechanisms behind them by studying the interplay between family behavior, the labor market as well as societal and family-level gender relations in contemporary Europe. ...

Explaining very low fertility in postindustrial societies: an unconventional approach
Very low fertility rates have come to characterize a number of postindustrial societies from Europe to East Asia, portending a range of problems for the 21st century from a shortage of prime-age workers to an increasing government burden to support the expanding ranks of the elde...

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