International Development Planning Review

Childcare and academia: an intervention

International Development Planning Review (2020), 42, (4), 391–405.

Abstract

In this Viewpoint, we engage with the everyday politics of academia - specifically, how caring for young children continues to affect academic work and career trajectories in ways that could be better mitigated. This viewpoint piece collates the personal accounts of six development scholars who discuss their experiences of negotiating both academia and childcare, covering fieldwork, funding, career trajectories, sharing parental responsibilities and challenges for family life. Though charting different experiences, all these contributions argue for better recognition of both the gains and persistent inequalities in how care responsibilities impact academic work and careers, and the need to better mitigate these with concrete changes to policy and practice.

Access Token
£25.00
READ THIS ARTICLE
If you have private access to this content, please log in with your username and password here

References

Allen, J. (2018) ‘Maternity, paternity and parental leave: briefing from the UK Women’s Budget Group on the state of maternity, paternity and parental leave in the UK’, UK Policy Briefings, WBG, https://wbg.org.uk/analysis/uk-policy-briefings/2018-wbg-briefing-maternity-paternity-and-parental-leave (accessed 10 December 2018). Google Scholar

Boyle, P. and Gardiner, R. (2013) ‘International benchmarking review of UK human geography’, ESRC, IBG and AHRC, https://esrc.ukri.org/files/research/research-and-impact-evaluation/international-benchmarking-review-of-uk-human-geography/ (accessed 10 December 2018). Google Scholar

Epifanio, M. and Troeger, V. E. (2013) ‘How much do children really cost? Maternity benefits and career opportunities of women in academia’ (Working Paper No. 171), Coventry, University of Warwick. Google Scholar

Maddrell, A., Strauss, K., Thomas, N. J. and Wyse, S. (2016) ‘Mind the gap: gender disparities still to be addressed in UK higher education geography’, Area, 48(1), 48-56. Google Scholar

Mountz, A., Bonds, A., Mansfield, B., Loyd, J., Hyndman, J., Walton-Roberts, M., Basu, R., Whitson, R., Hawkins, R., Hamilton, T., and Curran, W. (2015) ‘For slow scholarship: a feminist politics of resistance through collective action in the neoliberal university’, ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 14(4), 1235-1259. Google Scholar

Mullings, B., Peake, L. and Parizeau, K. (2016) ‘Cultivating an ethic of wellness in geography’, The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien, 60(2), 161-167. Google Scholar

People’s Pension (2019) ‘The gender pensions gap: tackling the motherhood penalty’, The People’s Pension (report), https://thepeoplespension.co.uk/info/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/05/Gender-pension-gap-report_2019.pdf (accessed 10 September 2019). Google Scholar

UCU (University and College Union) (2016) ‘The gender pay gap in higher education’, (2015/16 Data Report), https://www.ucu.org.uk/media/8620/The-gender-pay-gap-in-higher-education-201516---full-report-May-17/pdf/ucu_2015-16genderpaygapreort_full_may17.pdf (accessed 10 December 2018). Google Scholar

Allen, J. (2018) ‘Maternity, paternity and parental leave: briefing from the UK Women’s Budget Group on the state of maternity, paternity and parental leave in the UK’, UK Policy Briefings, WBG, https://wbg.org.uk/analysis/uk-policy-briefings/2018-wbg-briefing-maternity-paternity-and-parental-leave (accessed 10 December 2018). Google Scholar

Boyle, P. and Gardiner, R. (2013) ‘International benchmarking review of UK human geography’, ESRC, IBG and AHRC, https://esrc.ukri.org/files/research/research-and-impact-evaluation/international-benchmarking-review-of-uk-human-geography/ (accessed 10 December 2018). Google Scholar

Epifanio, M. and Troeger, V. E. (2013) ‘How much do children really cost? Maternity benefits and career opportunities of women in academia’ (Working Paper No. 171), Coventry, University of Warwick. Google Scholar

Maddrell, A., Strauss, K., Thomas, N. J. and Wyse, S. (2016) ‘Mind the gap: gender disparities still to be addressed in UK higher education geography’, Area, 48(1), 48-56. Google Scholar

Mountz, A., Bonds, A., Mansfield, B., Loyd, J., Hyndman, J., Walton-Roberts, M., Basu, R., Whitson, R., Hawkins, R., Hamilton, T., and Curran, W. (2015) ‘For slow scholarship: a feminist politics of resistance through collective action in the neoliberal university’, ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 14(4), 1235-1259. Google Scholar

Mullings, B., Peake, L. and Parizeau, K. (2016) ‘Cultivating an ethic of wellness in geography’, The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien, 60(2), 161-167. Google Scholar

People’s Pension (2019) ‘The gender pensions gap: tackling the motherhood penalty’, The People’s Pension (report), https://thepeoplespension.co.uk/info/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/05/Gender-pension-gap-report_2019.pdf (accessed 10 September 2019). Google Scholar

UCU (University and College Union) (2016) ‘The gender pay gap in higher education’, (2015/16 Data Report), https://www.ucu.org.uk/media/8620/The-gender-pay-gap-in-higher-education-201516---full-report-May-17/pdf/ucu_2015-16genderpaygapreort_full_may17.pdf (accessed 10 December 2018). Google Scholar

Allen, J. (2018) ‘Maternity, paternity and parental leave: briefing from the UK Women’s Budget Group on the state of maternity, paternity and parental leave in the UK’, UK Policy Briefings, WBG, https://wbg.org.uk/analysis/uk-policy-briefings/2018-wbg-briefing-maternity-paternity-and-parental-leave (accessed 10 December 2018). Google Scholar

Boyle, P. and Gardiner, R. (2013) ‘International benchmarking review of UK human geography’, ESRC, IBG and AHRC, https://esrc.ukri.org/files/research/research-and-impact-evaluation/international-benchmarking-review-of-uk-human-geography/ (accessed 10 December 2018). Google Scholar

Epifanio, M. and Troeger, V. E. (2013) ‘How much do children really cost? Maternity benefits and career opportunities of women in academia’ (Working Paper No. 171), Coventry, University of Warwick. Google Scholar

Maddrell, A., Strauss, K., Thomas, N. J. and Wyse, S. (2016) ‘Mind the gap: gender disparities still to be addressed in UK higher education geography’, Area, 48(1), 48-56. Google Scholar

Mountz, A., Bonds, A., Mansfield, B., Loyd, J., Hyndman, J., Walton-Roberts, M., Basu, R., Whitson, R., Hawkins, R., Hamilton, T., and Curran, W. (2015) ‘For slow scholarship: a feminist politics of resistance through collective action in the neoliberal university’, ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 14(4), 1235-1259. Google Scholar

Mullings, B., Peake, L. and Parizeau, K. (2016) ‘Cultivating an ethic of wellness in geography’, The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien, 60(2), 161-167. Google Scholar

People’s Pension (2019) ‘The gender pensions gap: tackling the motherhood penalty’, The People’s Pension (report), https://thepeoplespension.co.uk/info/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/05/Gender-pension-gap-report_2019.pdf (accessed 10 September 2019). Google Scholar

UCU (University and College Union) (2016) ‘The gender pay gap in higher education’, (2015/16 Data Report), https://www.ucu.org.uk/media/8620/The-gender-pay-gap-in-higher-education-201516---full-report-May-17/pdf/ucu_2015-16genderpaygapreort_full_may17.pdf (accessed 10 December 2018). Google Scholar

If you have private access to this content, please log in with your username and password here