Domestic Labour Migration Policy Networks and their Implications for Asian Labour Sending Nations

April 2, 2019

Domestic Labour Migration Policy Networks and their Implications for Asian Labour Sending Nations

April 4, 2019 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Room 626, Sixth Floor, Kaneff Tower
York University

The characteristics of domestic policy networks of Asian labour sending nations can provide vital information on a country’s stance on labour migration governance. Richa’s research takes the cases on Nepal and the Philippines, as two distinct Asian labour sending nations, to explore the role and characteristics of the different actors in the domestic migration sector to understand the policy outcomes.

Richa Shivakoti is a migration policy researcher with a PhD in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore and a dual Masters in Public Affairs and Political Science from Indiana University. Her research interests include the different facets of the migration-development nexus including international labour migration, remittance, forced migration, gender and Asian migration governance.

She is currently working on migration governance indicators and frameworks for the International Organization for Migration. She is also affiliated with the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University and is a New Scholar Associate at the Centre for Global Social Policy at University of Toronto. Previously, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at Maastricht University and the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) in the Netherlands and has also been affiliated with various academic institutions in Nepal, Singapore and the United States.

All are welcome!

This event is organized by Ethel Tungohan, the Canada Research Chair in Canadian Migration Policy, Impacts and Activism and hosted by the York Centre for Asian research and the Global Labour Research Centre at York University.

Oceania Team’s Policy Briefs and Factsheets

March 12, 2019



Last December, at the Markets, Migration & Care: Research, Policy & Practice Workshop , at UNSW Sydney, the Oceania team presented two policy briefs and four factsheets.

The Pacific Labour Scheme and Transnational Family Life: Policy Brief
By Elizabeth Hill, Matt Withers and Rasika Jayasuriya

The Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa, Migrant Grandparents and Transnational Family Life:  Policy Brief No. 2
By Myra Hamilton, Angela Kintominas and Deborah Brennan

You can find the factsheets in our resources page.

Call for Abstracts International Conference “CARING FOR ELDERLY AND DEPENDENT PEOPLE: PROMOTING GENDER EQUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE”, 12-13 September 2019 Tarragona (Spain)

March 12, 2019

Call for Abstracts International Conference “CARING FOR ELDERLY AND DEPENDENT PEOPLE: PROMOTING GENDER EQUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE”, 12-13 September 2019 Tarragona (Spain)

(Spanish below)

Dear Colleagues,

We warmly invite you to submit abstracts for the International Conference
SOCIAL JUSTICE” that will be held in 12th and 13th September at the Rovira
i Virgili University (Tarragona, Spain).

The purpose of this conference is to acknowledge the current challenge of
democratising care, which involves socializing care responsibilities,
sharing care work between men and women, recognizing care and its
centrality for life sustainability, dignifying and consolidating its
professionalization, and taking into account the rights and demands of the
people who are giving and receiving care.

Abstracts of 500 words should be sent by 30st April 2019. Please find more
information on the thematic areas of the Conference in the attached

Best regards,

Natalia Alonso

Conference administrator


Estimados colegas,

Os invitamos a enviar propuestas para el Congreso Internacional EL CUIDADO
JUSTICIA SOCIAL” que tendrá lugar los días 12 y 13 de Septiembre en la
Universidad Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona).

Este congreso pretende debatir los desafíos que plantea avanzar hacia una
democratización de los cuidados, lo cual implica socializar las
responsabilidades de cuidado, repartir el cuidado entre hombres y mujeres,
reconocer el cuidado y su centralidad en la sostenibilidad de la vida,
fortalecer y dignificar su profesionalización y considerar los derechos y
demandas de las personas que cuidan y que son cuidadas.

Os invitamos a enviar resúmenes de un máximo de 500 palabras antes del 30
de abril de 2019. Encontraréis más información sobre las áreas temáticas
del Congreso en el documento adjunto.

Saludos cordiales,

Natalia Alonso

Secretaría Técnica

The Second Global Carework Summit- PROGRAM

March 12, 2019

The Second Global Carework Summit
June 9-11, 2019
Toronto, Ontario
The program is out! You can find it here.
The Carework Network is organizing a three-day conference to bring together carework researchers from across disciplines and across the globe.

Carework Network is an international organization of scholars and advocates who focus on the caring work of individuals, families, communities, paid caregivers, social service agencies and state bureaucracies. Care needs are shifting globally with changing demographics, disability movements, and climate change driven environmental crises. Our mission is to address critical issues related to carework, such as how identities influence carework; how inequality structures carework; how caring work is recognized and compensated; how state policies influence the distribution of care; working conditions of care; and whether and to what extent citizens have a right to receive, and a right to provide, care.  Scholars and advocates working on issues related to elder care, child care, health care, social work, education, political theory of care, social reproduction, work/family, disability studies, careworker health and safety, and related issues are encouraged to submit proposals.
The Carework Network welcomes submissions from all academic disciplines, advocacy and non-profit organizations, and public and private sector organizations. We also encourage participation by undergraduate and graduate students.
Questions about the Global Summit may be directed to

Presented by the Carework Network in collaboration with

and the
“Changing Places: unpaid work in public spaces Project” at, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, Canada
Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Co-sponsored in part by (more to come):
Department of Sociology, University of Toronto at Mississauga
Center for Women & Work, University of Massachusetts-Lowell
The College of Liberal Arts, Rollins College
Centre for Aging Research and Education, York University
Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut
For more information:

Book reviews: Gender, Migration and the Work of Care: a Multi-scalar Approach to the Pacific Rim

March 7, 2019

Book reviews: Gender, Migration and the Work of Care: a Multi-scalar Approach to the Pacific Rim. Edited by Sonya Michel and Ito Peng, New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 316pp.

Review in Gender and Society by Maria Lis Baiocchi

Review in the Canadian Journal of Sociology  by Emma Jackson

Review in Gender, Work and Organization by Maria Vlachou



Congratulations Alex Payette on being awarded the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship!

November 15, 2018

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We are proud to announce that Alex Payette has been awarded the prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country’s economic, social and research-based growth.

Alex Payette will be working with Professor Ito Peng at the University of Toronto.

Please read more about Alex’s research here and view the other recipients of the Banting postdoctoral fellowship here.

JOB POSTING: Assistant Professor in Gender and Globalisation (CLOSED)

September 20, 2018

Assistant Professor in Gender and Globalisation

New job
  • London, United Kingdom
 Assistant Professor in Gender and Globalisation
Job description

LSE is committed to building a diverse, equitable and truly inclusive university

Gender Studies

Assistant Professor in Gender and Globalisation

Salary is no less than £54,984 per annum (pay award pending) and the salary scale can be found on the LSE website

The Department of Gender Studies (formerly known as the Gender Institute) was established in 1993 to address the major intellectual challenges posed by contemporary changes in gender relations. This remains a central aim of the Department today, which is the largest research and teaching unit of its kind in Europe. In our research and teaching we aim to combine theory and practice with an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective.

We are looking to recruit an Assistant Professor with outstanding research potential (see below) to teach on our MSc programme in Gender, Development & Globalisation. The successful candidate will join a team providing postgraduate teaching to students from an interdisciplinary range of backgrounds. They will also be expected to conduct and publish outstanding quality research. In addition to teaching on the MSc programme in Gender Development & Globalisation the successful candidate will also supervise dissertations and PhD students, contribute to team-taught courses in interdisciplinary gender theories, epistemologies and methodologies, or other courses as directed. You will contribute actively to the life of the Department, enjoy working as part of a team, and possess the ability to adapt to its varying demands.

Candidates should have, and be able to demonstrate in their applications, expertise and research interests in one or more of the following areas:

  • Political economy approaches to gender, development and globalisation
  • Theorizing policy and practice
  • Inequality within and between countries
  • Migration
  • Labour markets; work and employment
  • Health
  • Education
  • Poverty
  • Social movements and collective action

You will need to have a completed PhD, or be close to obtaining a PhD, in social sciences by the post start date; a track record or trajectory of internationally excellent publications; a clear, well developed and viable strategy for future outstanding research that has the potential to result in world-leading publications; training and experience with mixed (qualitative-quantitative) research methods. An area focus on Africa, the Middle East or South East Asia is desirable but not essential.  The ability to teach at postgraduate level is required and experience in teaching gender, development & globalisation at Master’s level is desirable.

The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification, which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.

In addition to a competitive salary the benefits that come with this job include an occupational pension scheme, a research incentive scheme with personal reward options, generous research leave (sabbatical) entitlement, a collegial faculty environment and excellent support, training and development opportunities.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply documentjob description and the person specification.

To apply for this post, please go to you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email Professor Clare Hemmings,

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 October 2018 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

Areas of Research
  • Social Sciences
  • International Relations & Foreign Policy
  • Gender Studies


July 18, 2018


Love’s Labour’s Cost?
Asian Migration, Intimate Labour and the Politics of Gender
This conference is organised by Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and supported by Gender, Migration and the Work of Care Project at Center for Global Social Policy, University of Toronto, Canada.

DATE : 3-4 December 2018

VENUE : Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
               ARI Seminar Room, AS8 Level 4
              10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260


Disrupting the hypermasculine framing of migration as smooth, undifferentiated circulations of capital worldwide requires scholars to repopulate our geographies of imagination with people—the intimate, fleshy, and quotidian day-to-day experiences of migrants. Contemporary Asian migration is often characterized by the movement of people both within and across nation-state borders for the sake of labour and for love. Some migrants move in order to fill the demand for corporeal and intimate labour in sectors that require “the work of tending” (Boris & Parreñas, 2010)—as nannies, nurses, hospitality workers, caregivers, serving staff, domestic workers, and beauty salon staff. Other migrants seek to pursue romance, enter into marriage, and form, support, and sustain new families, hence fostering or refashioning relational ethics of care in the enactment of intimate labour in less explicitly remunerated and more loosely organized ways. This workshop acknowledges the multiple and simultaneous subjectivities of migrants—nurses who are also mothers and lovers, foreign brides who moonlight in informal sectors, beer sellers who may concomitantly be students, sex workers, and filial family members, and construction workers who are sons engaging in acts of transnational filial piety.

Intimate labour generally entails an element of touch, although mediated intimacies that resonate across physical distances are also increasingly recognized (Attwood, Hakim, & Winch, 2017); it often encodes some form of inalienability, reciprocity, and mutuality (Lynch, 2007); and characterizes the ways in which love, affect, service, and care accrue various forms of value, both economic and otherwise (Kim, 2015; Yeoh, Chee, & Vu, 2014).  In order to fully understand the processes of global restructuring—including broader patterns of gender and family relations, the rise of intimate industries (Parreñas, Thai, & Silvey, 2016), and the transnational organization of work—the intimate as a site of analysis is critical (Chang & Ling, 2010), particularly since the commodification of intimacy is now at a scale and scope that is historically unprecedented (Parreñas et al., 2016). The intimate and the global constitute and relate to one another (Choo, 2016): while these scales should not be collapsed, they should be reflexively recognized as “epistemological assertions to know the same world” instead of as pre-given and inherent categorizations (Mountz & Hyndman, 2006, p. 447).  The term “intimate labor” is analytically distinct from broader understandings of reproductive labour, emotional labour (Hochschild, 1983), and affective labour (Mankekar & Gupta, 2016), although it often encompasses elements of all three theoretical foci.

Intimate labour is also feminized (and often classed): the maintenance, tending, and nurturance of the body as well as the heart is seen as women’s work, whether such labour is explicitly remunerated or not. However, in addition to engendering encounters that may act to shore up or destabilize the boundaries of socioeconomic class,  intimate labour often serves to replicate gendered binaries, it can also be the site for a relational refashioning of masculinities and femininities, particularly through the contestation of identity politics in the wake of shifts wrought by changes in broader patterns of migration within Asia and beyond (Yeoh, 2016). The reinforcing and/or refiguring of gendered identities are often intertwined with and expressed through intimate forms of labour carried out in emotionally taxing, mutually constitutive, and relational ways (Ward, 2010), with the body itself potentially dissolving as a bounded and discrete entity through the relational ethics of intercorporeality (Fritsch, 2010).

To extend existing feminist theories about migration, labour, value, gender, and intimacy, this workshop calls for papers that commingle the intimate labour that people enact across the apparent divisions of their public and private lives, instead of analyzing migration in terms of separate and hostile domains of work and love, or money and affection (Zelizer, 2009). It is especially interested in work in migratory contexts that percolates around the relational fashioning of masculine and feminine subjectivities as examined through the lens of intimate labour, especially if such work takes into account intersectional dynamics such as age, generation, ethnicity, nationality, class, and race. Questions to be addressed include but are not limited to the following:

  • How can our understandings of “intimate labour” be sharpened through an analytical focus on the ways that it interweaves conventionally distinguished categories of work and love, or labour migration and marriage migration?
  • What is the value of reading the “intimate” into existing sectors of service-oriented migrant labour?
  • How can notions of “intimate labour” interrogate our ideas of migrant labour, value and exchange, particularly at the intersections of emotion, affect, love, capital, and money?
  • How are masculinities, femininities, sexualities, and class disparities repositioned, fashioned, and challenged at the site of migrants’ “intimate labour(s)”? How can the idea of “intimate labour” help us to re-examine ideas of performance, embodiment, and authenticity?
  • How can a focus on the relationality of care, intimacy and love be used to productively sharpen our conceptualization of migrant’s “intimate labour”?
  • How do mediated intimacies, info-communication technologies and other technologies that foster simultaneity and immediacy across distance reshaped what constitutes “intimate labor”? What is the effect of introducing technologies that act as assistive devices or tools in the intercorporeal work of care?
  • How can a focus on “intimate labours” reconfigure our notions of the ethics of care migration

Paper abstracts should be submitted by 15 August 2018. Submissions should include a title, an abstract of 250-350 words (with sufficient details of the significance of the research question(s), conceptual framing, methodological route and key findings), a brief biography (maximum of 100 words) including name, institutional affiliation, and email contact. Draft papers of 6,000 to 7,000 words are due on 5 November 2018.

Please note that only previously unpublished papers or those not already committed elsewhere can be accepted. The organisers plan to publish a special issue or edited volume with selected papers presented in this conference. By participating in the conference you agree to participate in the future publication plans (usually a journal special issue) if your paper is selected for inclusion.

The organisers will provide hotel accommodation for three nights and/or a contribution towards airfare for accepted paper participants (one author per paper). Please submit your abstract, using the provided paper proposal form to Ms Kellynn Wee at and Ms Sharon Ong at by 15 August 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by end-August 2018.

Dr Theodora Lam
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
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Prof Ito Peng
Centre for Global Social Policy, University of Toronto, Canada
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Prof Denise Spitzer
School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Canada
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Ms Kellynn Wee
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
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Invitation to submit paper proposal to International Conference: Old Bonds, New Ties: Understanding family transitions in Re-partnerships, Remarriages and Stepfamilies in Asia (19-20 November 2018, Singapore)

May 15, 2018

CFP | Old Bonds, New Ties: Understanding Family Transitions in Re-partnerships, Remarriages and Stepfamilies in Asia
Date:19 Nov 2018 – 20 Nov 2018
Venue:Asia Research Institute, Seminar Room
AS8 Level 4, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260
National University of Singapore @ KRC


The challenges of sustaining an economically productive population amidst declining marriage and fertility rates and an ageing population has seen Asian societies bolstering the institutions of marriage and the family ideologically and nation-states concomitantly implementing a wide variety of family-oriented policies. The dominant emphasis on a decontextualized nuclear family, however, has distorted experiences of alternative family structures and understandings of them, particularly in the case of stepfamilies, which closely resemble conventional first-time families but deal with more complex family transitions such as a prior couple dissolution and re-partnership/remarriage. In public discourses in Asia, traditional values have reinforced the stigma around re-partnering and the dangers associated with it including the abuse of children in stepfamilies. Yet, in other instances, re-partnerships and remarriages are sought as a pragmatic option to overcome dire economic conditions and family instability, and reintegrating into mainstream society. Despite its increasing prevalence, particularly over the last two decades, scholarship on re-partnerships, remarriages and stepfamilies in Asia remains limited and underdeveloped.

Do re-partnerships and remarriages necessarily entail the creation of new kinship ties? Does divorce signal the rupture of family bonds or only the death of a legal relationship? How do the simultaneous existence of ‘old’ bonds and ‘new’ ties in blended families reshape the family? Insights into understanding re-partnerships, remarriages and stepfamilies could on one hand, empirically and conceptually account for shifts in family processes in terms of individual well-being outcomes, intra and extra-familial relationship dynamics as well as inform law, public policy, while on the other, illuminate the relevance of locating these changes within culturally specific contexts of collectivism, communitarianism and familism in Asia. In so doing, it challenges dominant notions of familial relationships as ‘natural’, ‘private’ or ‘universal’ and acknowledge the family as a site of social and political intervention and transformation that engenders social and economic inequality in society. Moreover, it also helps push theorizing beyond a simplistic binary view of family units as either valued resources or deficits. A cross-cultural or cross-national comparison would be vital in understanding differences in remarriage and stepfamily patterns and dynamics not just between Asian and Western contexts but also within Asia where broader social categories including class, race and gender, religion and historicity intersect and (re)produce differentially resourced families and individuals in various national contexts.

This conference welcomes empirical and theoretical discussions using quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods from multiple disciplines on re-partnership, remarriage and stepfamilies in East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia. The following list includes, but does not limit, topics we expect papers to address around these themes:

  • Adult and children well-being outcomes (i.e. physical, cognitive, emotional, educational)
  • Transitions in family processes – changes in familial relationships, caregiving, family roles and family boundaries
  • Socio-cultural attitudes
  • Social support amongst extra-familial institutions and actors
  • Role of the state, laws and public policies
  • Impact of demographic transitions including migration, declining marriage and fertility rates etc.
  • Conceptual and methodological issues: conceptual frameworks and paradigms, multiple sources of data and methodological approaches


Submissions should include a title, an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief biography including name, institutional affiliation, and email contact. Please note that only previously unpublished papers or those not already committed elsewhere can be accepted. The organizers plan to publish a special issue with selected papers presented in this conference. By participating in the conference you agree to participate in the future publication plans (special issue/journal) of the organizers. The organizers will provide hotel accommodation for three nights and a contribution towards airfare for accepted paper participants (one author per paper).

Please submit your proposal to Ms Tay Minghua at by 15 May 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out in end May 2018.


Conference Convenors

Dr Lavanya Balachandran
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
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Prof Yeung Wei-Jun Jean
Asia Research Institute, Centre for Family and Population Research, and Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore
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Ms TAY Minghua
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
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Minghua TAY

LAST CALL FOR NEW SCHOLARS writing stipend $3000 Gender, Migration and the Work of Care

May 10, 2018

Call for Proposals
Gender, Migration and the Work of Care
A Research Project supported by the
Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Center for Global Social Policy, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

New Scholar Associate Program

The Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care project is pleased to announce funding opportunities for new scholars working in areas connected with its foci. The overall project consists of eight interconnected multi-national research initiatives directed toward investigating how the (re-)organization of care is influencing global migration of care workers, and what this means for gender inequalities, social developments, and global governance. These research initiatives examine the social, cultural, and political construction of care; social, economic, and political conditions that are affecting the demand for care and the supply of care workers, and; the living and working conditions of migrant care workers. For information about each project, visit the CGSP website (

We are now accepting applications for New Scholar Associates. The program will provide support to exceptional new scholars conducting research relevant to at least one of the eight subprojects. Up to five applicants will be accepted for 2017-2018. Successful New Scholar Associate applicants will receive a one-time $3,000 writing stipend (to be paid in two installments) to support the advancement and mobilization of their research. They will also have opportunities to work and network with Canadian and international scholars in the field and to gain experience by interacting with policy and NGO community partners. Finally, the program will disseminate their research outcomes to expert and general audiences through various channels such as CGSP workshop presentations and CGSP social media postings and profiles.

Program Responsibilities:

The New Scholar Associates Program offers writing stipends to recent PhD graduates in the social sciences or humanities. The stipends are aimed at supporting the development and completion of academic presentations and publications based on a working paper prepared with the support of the grant. Associates will establish a working paper review committee composed of two to three relevant project leads and/or partners of the Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care project. Six months after the receipt of funds, associates must submit a working paper to their review committee, along with a written report demonstrating that the following outcomes have been achieved:

  • Network connections have been established with leading and/or upcoming researchers and decision makers in the area of gender, migration, and care work
  • A version of the working paper has been submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or edited collection (status of that submission to be specified).
  • Grantee has made plans to present his/her research (in part or in whole) at a CGSP workshop or conference or another peer-reviewed conference or appropriate venue.


New Scholar Associates are recent PhD graduates with a promising research profile whose research work enhances knowledge and understanding in at least one of the nine Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care projects.

  • Applicants must have successfully completed their PhD program in the last 3 years
  • Applicants may or may not be working with a project lead or partner of the Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care project
  • Applicants may be from any relevant discipline
  • Applicants may or may not be Canadian citizens, and may or may not be working within Canada
  • Applicants must be conducting part or all of their research on North American, Asian, and/or Asia Pacific countries, their citizens, and/or their migrant workers
  • Applicants may hold a post-doctoral appointment during the program
  • Applicants may not hold an academic faculty position during the program



Applications must include a cover letter; a letter of intent (no longer than two pages describing the relevant research, the working paper that will be completed by the end of the program, and plans for use of funds); a curriculum vitae; and two letters of recommendation, one of which should come from the applicant’s doctoral advisor. Single-file applications and letters must be submitted electronically by email to Letters of recommendation must be emailed directly from referees via their institutional email accounts. Applications will be accepted until May 31, with winners selected and informed by the end of June. Only complete applications will be considered for review.

For questions about the program and eligibility, please contact Deanna Pikkov, Interim Research Associate, by email at or by phone at 1-416-978-6351.