Care and the Academy
The Developing Areas Research Group (DARG) and the Gender & Feminist Geographies Research Group (GFGRG) of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) have been working together to achieve better policies to support care in academy.
This started with an event at the RGS, London to development a Gold Standard for funding:
The RGS have since changed their policy so that grant holders can claim related care costs – for example, childcare costs whilst on fieldwork.
We have also sent a survey around UK geography departments, to find out how care responsibilities and choices about having children are impacted by academic institutions and career trajectories. We are currently writing this up.
There have been some publications related to this work:
Hope, J., Lemanski, C., Bastia, T., Moeller, N., Meth, P. and Williams, G., 2020. Childcare and academia: an intervention. International Development Planning Review.
Jenkins, K., 2020. Academic motherhood and fieldwork: Juggling time, emotions, and competing demands. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.