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Research suggests that flexible work policies are only likely to support a gender equitable worker and carer model in households where there is already an egalitarian gender contract. Gender contracts describe implicit understandings between members of a couple about their roles and duties in the household.

This project will explore how workplace flexibility is utilised by couples with different ideological positions and expectations on sharing paid and unpaid work. Through interviews with couples and analysis at the individual dyad level, the research will provide insights into how flexibility affects gender equity in different households.

A project in this area could also target genuinely equitable households and the negotiation which goes on there, including forms of 'resistant femininities' and 'non-hegemonic masculinities' which allow the individuals in these somewhat unusual households to maintain egalitarian practices.

Study level
PhD, Masters
Organisational unit

QUT Business School

Research areas
gender contract, work and family, paid work, employment relations, work and family, negotiation, flexible work, egalitarian

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