Joanna Wilson


Understanding the effect of work flexibility at the household level: a mixed methods study


My research will use mixed methods to further the understanding of the relationship between the work context of UK couples with dependent children and their household situation. It focuses on the work flexibility of these couples and their role differentiation in terms of household breadwinner status and the sharing of paid and unpaid work.

Identifying the influence of work flexibility on the coupled household matters because to achieve gender equality in work and family roles it is important that both members of a couple are able to make work changes so that they can be involved in family life. Structural equation modelling will explore the mediating effect of work flexibility on the relationship between gender role ideology and household role differentiation. Case study research will explore the experiences of working couples and offer insights into the quantitative findings.


September 2016 to September 2020 (1+3 studentship)


My PhD is a CASE studentship funded by the Economic and Social Research Council through the North West Doctoral Training Centre. I am also supported by Close the Gap, a Scottish charity which works with policymakers, employers and employees to influence and enable action to address the causes of women’s inequality at work.


I have a degree in Law and French from the University of Leicester and an MSc in Human Resource Management from Manchester Metropolitan University. In the year to September 2017 I completed an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics at the University of Manchester as part of my studentship program. I have a background in pay and reward having worked as an employment tax manager for international professional service firms in London, Auckland and Manchester. During this time I was involved in the provision of employment tax and social security planning advice to both employers and employees based in the UK and overseas. I also had an active people management role which involved performance management, coaching, career development and the recruitment of all levels of employee.


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