Caring during COVID-19: A gendered analysis of Australian university responses to managing remote working and caring responsibilities
AuthorNash, M; Churchill, B
Source TitleGender, Work and Organization
University of Melbourne Author/sChurchill, Brendan
AffiliationMelbourne Graduate School of Education
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsNash, M. & Churchill, B. (2020). Caring during COVID-19: A gendered analysis of Australian university responses to managing remote working and caring responsibilities. Gender, Work and Organization, 27 (5), pp.833-846. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12484.
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COVID-19 is dramatically reconfiguring paid work and care. Emerging evidence in the global media suggests that academic women with caring responsibilities are being disproportionately 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 ten 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.
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