Welcome

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website! 

I’m delighted to share a few recent events and publications: 

  1. My recent publications (sole and co-authored) focus on a range of themes and interventions – theoretical, methodological, epistemological, ontological, ethical, and empirical – about fathering, parental leave policies, Indigenous employment experiences, and knowledge making practices. My most recent pieces touch on themes of: (1) reflections and recommendations on parental leave redesign in COVID-19 Canada; (2) national (provincial) inequalities in receipt of parental leave benefits in Canada; (3) measurement issues in assessing fathering, parental leave impacts and gender equality; (4) genealogies of concepts and re-thinking conceptual narratives of father involvement; (5) issues of epistemic oppression, social knowing and the importance of Indigenous resources in supporting Indigenous employment; and (6) A conversation with Professor Pat Armstrong about working relationally in a large research team. 
  1. Doucet, A., Mathieu, S., and McKay, L.  (2020) Reconceptualizing Parental Leave Benefits in COVID-19 Canada: From Employment Policy to Care and Social Protection Policy. Canadian Public Policy.  46 (3), pp. S272-S286. 
  2. OP ED: Doucet, A., Mathieu, S., and McKay, L. (2020) Redesign Parental Leave System to Enhance Gender Equality. Policy Options. Oct 2020
  3. Mathieu, S. McKay, L. and Doucet, A. (2020). Parental Leave and Intra-Regime Differences in a Liberal Country: The Case of Four Canadian ProvincesCanadian Journal of Sociology, 45(2), 169-194.
  4. Doucet, A. and McKay, L. (2020). Fathering, parental leave, impacts, and gender equality: What/how are we measuring? International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy40(5/6), pp. 441-463.
  5. Doucet, A. (2020). Father involvement, care, and breadwinning: Genealogies of concepts and revisioned conceptual narratives. Genealogy, 4(1), 1-17.https://www.mdpi.com/2313-5778/4/1/14
  6. Jewel, E., Doucet, A., Falk, J., and Fyke, S. (in press, 2020). Social Knowing, Mental Health, and the Importance of Indigenous Resources: A Case Study of Indigenous Employment Engagement in Southwestern Ontario. Canadian Review of Social Policy (to be posted when published).
  7. Doucet, A. and Armstrong, P. (in press 2020) A Conversation with Pat Armstrong about “Creative Teamwork: Developing Rapid Site-Switching Ethnography”. Families, Relationships and Societies (to be posted when published).

2. Special issue of the Journal of Sociology and Social Policy: We recently published (Summer 2020) a special issue on “Assessing and measuring the impacts of parental leave policies: intersectionality, policy entanglements, and conceptual and methodological complexities“. Guest editors include myself, Dr. Ivana Dobrotic, Dr. Linda Haas, and Dr. Lindsey McKay. The contributing authors are: Peter Moss and Fred Deven; Andrea Doucet and Lindsey McKay; Elin Kvande and Berit Brandth; Ann-Zofie Duvander and Ida Viklund; Ivana Dobrotic and Nada Stropnik; Alexandre Fraga and Bila Sorj.

The downloadable articles are linked to each of the author(s) listed above.

This special issue focuses on the designs, implementations and impacts of parental leave policies and the conceptual and methodological complexities involved in assessing, measuring and theorizing those designs. Many countries are undergoing accelerated processes of neoliberalism and “financialized capitalism” (Fraser, 2016, p. 100), with social protections for workers weakening and precarious and nonstandard employment arrangements becoming increasingly common.  Consequently, there is an urgent need, now, at the beginning of a new decade, for wider, deeper and more nuanced thinking about how parental leave benefits help mitigate or acerbate social inequalities.

Each article in this special issue expands the contemporary debate on parental leave and gendered power and inequalities by engaging with intersectional analyses and exploring the methodological complexities of assessing and measuring progressive social change. The issue also aims to reimagine work/care policies that could lead to more equitable and just social worlds.

This special issue of the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy forms part of ongoing efforts to widen and deepen robust international policy conversations and debates on a wide range of empirical, policy, theoretical, conceptual and methodological issues involved in designing, implementing and evaluating parental leave policies. We hope that this special issue generates more fruitful debate that could lead to positive outcomes for parents, children, families and communities. These debates will be even more urgent in a post-pandemic world.

3. SSHRC Partnership Grant Funding (2020-2027): I am delighted to share the news of my successful application for this large team-based grant. Our Steering Committee is hard at work to get this project up and running. Our Project manager is Jennifer Turner. Plans are being adjusted to do research in a COVID-19 context, projects are slowly starting, and our web site will launch Winter 2021. Please check back for regular updates and for a link to our project web site. 

Brock-led research team gets $2.5-million SSHRC grant to study policies impacting diverse Canadian families.  

4. Current Projects (2020): I am currently working on/writing from several projects: 

  • Young and Black motherhood in two cities in Canada (with Sadie Goddard-Durant, postdoctoral fellow); this work is funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant.
  • Indigenous caregiving in the Niagara Region of Canada (with Eva Jewell, Assistant Professor Ryerson University and Jessica Falk, MA student, Brock University). This work is funded by a SSHRC-CIHR Partnership Grant, Allison Williams, PI, McMaster University.
  • A few projects on: parental leave in Canada, on time and care, and on researching the experiences of varied care and employment policies on diverse Canadian families. These are all currently incubating as part of my SSHRC-funded Partnership grant. More information to be posted in 2021.

5. Lorraine Code: Thinking Ecologically, Thinking Responsibly (State University of New York Press [SUNY], in press 2021). 

I am co-editor (with Nancy Arden McHugh) of a forthcoming collection on the work of feminist philosopher, epistemologist (and one of my scholarly  mentors) Lorraine  Code – and the multiple and rich ways that her ecological thinking approach is being taken up in interdisciplinary ways in multiple research projects by diverse scholars. My own contribution to this edition includes an essay on stories, testimonies and narratives and an interview (by Nancy and me) with Code

6. International Network of Leave Policies and Research: I had the pleasure of co-organizing and presenting at the 15th annual International Seminar of the Network of Leave Policies and Research (LP&R) in Toronto, on July 13-14, 2018.  The Leave Policies and Research Network is a consortium of policy experts from 42 countries, whose members produce cutting-edge research on parental and other leave policies.https://www.leavenetwork.org/introducing-the-network/This was the first time the annual seminar has been held outside of Europe. The theme was “The Fit and Future of Parental Leave and Other Care Policies: Design, Equality, Impacts, Measurement”. Toronto MP Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, provided the opening address.The seminar was co-hosted by Brock University and the University of Guelph and funded in part by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).  Key topics addressed included:

  • How parental leaves fit with other care policies.
  • Policy designs that maximize equality and impact.
  • Measuring and assessing broad social impacts and progress towards gender and social equality.

Key speakers and presentations included:

  • Marian Baird (University of Sydney Business School, Australia), who was recently named one of the 100 most influential people in gender policy around the world.
  • Peter Moss and Fred Deven, founding coordinators of the LP&R Network.
  • Experts from 22 countries spoke about their national parental leave policies.
  • A team from the World Bank shared a new report and presented a paper entitled Women, Business and the Law: Comparing leave policies across 189 economies.
  • The Better Life Lab and Slate magazine of U.S. think tank New America, presented Paid Family Leave: How Much Time is Enough?
  • Presentations can be accessed here: https://www.leavenetwork.org/annual-seminar/presentations/

7. Past events:

These are two events that I helped to bring to Brock University in 2015-2016:

  • The 33rd Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: Visual methodologies and Visual Ethnographies was held at Brock University, May 11-13, 2016.
  • October 15-16, 2015: I co-hosted (with postdoctoral fellows Robyn Lee, Lindsey McKay, and Alana Cattapan), the Consuming Intimacies Symposium at Brock University, which was funded by the Brock Social Justice Research Institute and Brock University internal research funds. We have just completed a special issue of Studies in Social Justice. You can find the special issue here: https://brock.scholarsportal.info/journals/SSJ/issue/view/88

To connect with me: andreadoucet@mac.com [or] adoucet@brocku.ca [or] @andreadoucet (Twitter).

welcome page Painting by Christine Martell (When Science and Art Dance).

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silvia gherardi February 14, 2015 at 2:21 am

I just finish to read your paper ‘choreography of becoming..’ I loved it.
Thank you for writing it. All the best
silvia

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Jacqui Gingras January 30, 2016 at 6:49 pm

Dear Dr. Doucet,
I wanted to thank you for your recent talk in Toronto on Friday. I found it most inspiring. For my PhD ten years ago, I wrote a story (an auto ethnographic fiction) about dietitians and their professional becoming. I did borrow from Butler when I believed that if we were to shift the discourse around becoming a food and nutrition professional, we would shift the doing. I am eager to consider how this story was agentive and how Code’s work and your own can propel me towards a renewed inquiry. My deepest thanks to you.
With warm regards,
Jacqui

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Daniel Matias March 7, 2016 at 9:47 am

Dear Professor Andrea Doucet,

I am contacting regarding your research on fatherhood. I was wondering if there is a set date for the publication of the second edition of ‘Do Men Mother?’?
I have just finished my PhD and am interested in working on fatherfood as a topic for a possible post-doc. Your book captivated my attention, as an aspect that I wish to develop in my research is this notion of concepts: is mothering something only mothers can do, is fathering something only fathers can do. Since my background is in psychodynamic clinical theory, I am interested in exploring these notions and how the growing fatherhood movement is reappraising many of these concepts.
Thank you for your time.
With best regards,
Daniel Matias

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Lauren Ferranti-Ballem January 13, 2017 at 12:24 pm

Hi Andrea, I’m working on a feature for Today’s Parent on how married men and women split housework and childcare and how they feel about the split. Would love to interview you. Please drop me a note as soon as you’re able.

Thanks so much!
Lauren

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Brandie Weikle November 13, 2017 at 5:51 pm

Hello Prof Doucet,

I hope this finds you well.

This is a short turnaround request, but do you have time to answer two questions via email for my Toronto Star parenting column coming out this week? I would need your answers in the morning.

This column focuses on one particular workplace that is doing something forward thinking to encourage dads to mentor other dads in the workplace. But I was wondering if you could offer some broader context:

Do you believe that it’s becoming easier for Canadian dads to take a very active role in their children’s lives, with things like taking parental leave, working from home when needed and making other concessions to be there for important events?

Are workplaces doing enough to make it less of a talking point when a dad decides to be the first in his department to take more time for family?

Even just a couple of lines on these would be tremendously helpful to my piece. If it doesn’t work this time, I will reach out to you again at the ends opportunity.

Best,
Brandie Weikle

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