Key words: sociology of work and employment, working time, gender relations, comparative research.
Colettes research focus is on work and employment, with particular interests in gender relations and inequalities in the workplace and domestic life; in international comparisons of employment and living conditions in industrialised economies; and the topic of time. She is interested in theoretical and empirically-informed developments in these areas of study and in policy evaluation and impact assessment.
Much of her work is concerned with the comparative institutional or societal systems analysis of employment and welfare systems and how these institutional configurations shape and can transform the pattern of gender relations and inequalities found in different societies. Her research includes studies of Britain and other EU member states, and some comparisons with the USA and Australia. She has researched national differences and trends in gender segregation and pay gaps; working-time and other working conditions; social protection systems; family/community responsibilities for the care work of children and elders; equal opportunities policies and gender mainstreaming. Many of her projects are inter-disciplinary collaborations on international comparative projects.
Her current research has two foci:
- Working-time, work-family policies and the re-shaping of gender and class relations: state and company-level policies and social partnership innovations; working-time practices (in organizations and households); individual working-time preferences.
- Gender mainstreaming of the EU employment and social inclusion policy.
She is interested in developing or supervising research in the following directions:
- Household patterns of time-use and family responsibilities (including gender inequalities and the conditions under which egalitarian parenting develop; older households).
- The impact of the ageing population on social and economic life.