Care Economies in Context

CGSP Post-Doctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Care Economy in Canada

Department/Faculty: Sociology, Arts and Science, University of Toronto
Position supervisor: Dr. Ito Peng
Contract length: 1 year; start time negotiable
Hours of work per week: Negotiable
Position type: Postdoctoral Fellowship
Rate of pay: Salary to be competitive

About the Project

Dr. Ito Peng, Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Global Social Policy and Director of the Centre for Global Social Policy in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship (PDF) focused on the care economy in Canada. The appointment is for eight months with the possibility of an extension. The fellow will work in Canada as part of the internationally-comparative Care Economies in Context project.

Care Economies in Context is a global research project that explores paid and unpaid childcare, elder care, and sick and disabled care in nine countries: Kenya, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, South Korea, Costa Rica, Colombia, Italy, and Canada. The organization of care impacts our entire economic and social system and every individual within it; it intersects with class, race, gender, age, and citizenship status. Care Economies in Context seeks to understand the organization and process of care economies and the effects that different institutions, cultures, and social and economic policies have on shaping them. To do this, the team is measuring and mapping the size and shape of care infrastructure in these countries with an aim to use this knowledge to develop gender-aware macroeconomic theories and models for policy development and analysis. Along with an international team of academic researchers, this partnership involves representatives from key international and national policy and non-profit sector partners. It is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Open Society Foundations, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be part of the Canadian Team and will oversee quantitative survey design and qualitative interviewing. The ideal candidate will have a PhD with a focus on caregiving either in Canada or internationally. They will be experienced in mixed-methods research, interested in collaborative work and have excellent writing skills. The PDF will have the opportunity to build a professional network and may interact with researchers in the larger Care Economies network. Much of the work can be done remotely but the PDF must be eligible to work in Canada.


• A completed or near to completed PhD in a discipline related to care research (family-based child, elder or care of adults with disabilities or paid caregiving);
• 1-3 years of experience conducting empirical research (including quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis);
• Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with proven publication record/potential;
• Ability to work well within a team, and communicate effectively with colleagues and faculty;

How to apply

Candidates are invited to submit applications via email, including the following:
1. A letter of interest, specifically outlining how their research interests and skills would complement this project;
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Sample publication (or link to one)
4. Contact information for one academic referee.
Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries and applications should be directed to Dr. Ito Peng:, and cc’d to
About The Centre for Global Social Policy

The Centre for Global Social Policy is a research, teaching, and training centre within the University of Toronto’s Department of Sociology. The Centre seeks to conduct, support, and facilitate policy relevant research that addresses local, national and global issues; to provide research and work experiences, trainings, and mentorship to students and new scholars working in the area of global social policy; to connect and contribute to local, national, and global research and policy networks in the field of global social policy; and to communicate and disseminate research findings, analyses and ideas to local, national and global communities. The Centre has research interests and expertise in the areas of family, gender, care, migration, and social development.