Network: Gendering European Family Dynamics

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/05/2006
End date: 31/12/2007
Funding: 270000 SEK


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. As family formation is increasingly delayed, couple relationships become less stable and fertility has been below the replacement level (i.e. 2.1 children per woman) since the 1980s, the proportion elderly (aged 65+, and especially those aged 80+) increased greatly reaching nearly one-fifth of the population in a number of European countries including Sweden. This will soon bring about an upward pressure on public expenses and multiply the demand on care services that the smaller and smaller cohorts in working ages will not be able to meet. The economic growth, in turn, will be reduced jeopardizing the future of the welfare state. Via this network we will coordinate our research to study systematically the causes and consequences of the interplay between economics, the policy context and demographic trends based on country-comparisons across and within European regions. Such knowledge is essential for policy-making aiming a sustainable development.

22 demographers from 11 European countries (at least 4 researchers and 2 countries per region incl. even Southern Europe and Central-Eastern Europe) have joined this international network. 40 percent of the members are men. The topic of our first project is partnership formation and fertility incl. childbearing desires and attitudes covering 18 European countries. The 9 studies conducted in this project will be published as a special issue of a journal. We use e-mail as the main form of intra-network communication, but the introductory and concluding chapters for the special issue will be discussed at a network meeting in Stockholm. Preparations for a next project and a joint application will be discussed at the meeting thereafter.

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