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Caring during COVID-19: a gendered analysis of Australian university responses to managing remote working and caring responsibilities
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-20, 14:42 authored by Meredith NashMeredith Nash, Brendan ChurchillBrendan Churchill
COVID‐19 is dramatically reconfiguring paid work and care. Emerging evidence in the global media suggests that academic women with caring responsibilities are being proportionately impacted. This article fills a key knowledge gap by examining how Australian universities are supporting academics to manage remote work and caring during the COVID‐19 pandemic. We conducted a desktop analysis of public information about remote working and care from 41 Australian universities and compared them to the world’s top 10 ranked universities. Findings suggest that during the pandemic, the Australian higher education sector positions decisions about caring leave and participation in the paid labour force as ‘private’ matters in which employees (mainly women) design their own ‘solutions’ when compared with international institutional counterparts. We argue that COVID‐19 provides another context in which universities have evaded their responsibility to ensure women’s full participation in the labour force.
Publication titleGender, Work and Organization
Department/SchoolSchool of Social Sciences
PublisherBlackwell Publ Ltd
Place of publication108 Cowley Rd, Oxford, England, Oxon, Ox4 1Jf
Rights statementCopyright 2020 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.