Gender, Welfare and the Economy of Care: How China’s Social Policy System Shapes Women’s Opportunities and Gender Equality
Room 124 - Theatre C
Old Arts - Building 149
T: 8344 3758
This presentation focuses on the gendered nature of China’s social policy ‘regime’ through the lens of the ‘care economy’ – that is, how and by whom the work of care and social reproduction are organised, financed and delivered. It examines how the production of welfare in an economy is gendered; how the care burden is shared; and how this affects distributional or equity outcomes.
Reviewing major changes in the organisation of production, reproduction and distribution in China since the end of the Mao era, this presentation analyses the implications of China’s evolving social and family policies for women’s work and well-being, for gender equality, and for the economy and society more broadly. A growing body of empirical work, particularly by Chinese scholars, demonstrates the various impacts of these changes – on women, care, family life and employment. Comparisons with other countries, particularly the developmental welfare regimes of East Asia, further supports the likelihood of significant economic, social and demographic impacts linked to the organisation of care.
Associate Professor Sarah Cook, Director, Institute for Global Development, UNSW, Sydney
Associate Professor Sarah Cook
Director, Institute for Global Development, UNSW, Sydney
University of NSW
Associate Professor Sarah Cook recently joined the University of New South Wales (UNSW) as inaugural Director of its Institute for Global Development. She brings a decade of experience in research leadership roles within the United Nations, as the Director of UNICEF’s Office of Research/Innocenti Research Centre, and prior to that Director of the United Nations’ Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). Her research has focused on China’s economic and social development, including issues of gender, labour markets and inequality, migration and health; on China as a rising development actor, and on social policy/ protection in development contexts, particularly in Asia. She has worked with many international and bilateral agencies, and been a member of several Boards of academic and international organisations. After obtaining her PhD from Harvard University, Sarah held an academic position at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK, and from 20002005 worked for the Ford Foundation in Beijing.