Ito Peng


University of Toronto

Ito Peng is the Canada Research Chair in Global Social Policy, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the Department of Sociology and the School of Public Policy and Governance, and the Director of the Centre for Global Social Policy. She teaches political sociology and comparative public policy, specializing in family and gender policies and comparative welfare states. She has written extensively on gender, labour market, and political economy of social policy reforms in East Asia.

Professor Peng is the Project Director for the Care Economies in Context project, and was previously the Project Director for the Gender, Migration and the Work of Care project. She is also a co-principal investigator with Otgontugs Banzragc invstigating the care economy in Mongolia, and is collaborating with Monica Alexander on a project investigating the position of unregulated nannies in the Canadian childcare landscape. She is starting a project exploring the intersections of care and climate change.

In 2022, she was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2023 she received the President’s Impact Award and the Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award at the University of Toronto. These awards recognize her contributions to various policy communities, particularly in placing care work on the policy agenda in Canada and elsewhere.

Current Projects

Inequality in Childcare: The Case of Nannies

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Investing in Inclusive and Sustainable Care: A Macroeconomic Approach to Understanding Care in Mongolia

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Affiliated Outputs


17 Rooms 2023 Report: Forging Next Steps

20 December 2023

Project Profiles Facts and Context

Country Profile: Care Economy in Canada

10 March 2023

Academic Books and Articles

Impacts of COVID-19 on Parents with Small Children in South Korea

15 January 2022

Project Profiles Research Findings

Theoretical and Empirical Bases for Reconceptualizing Care, Work, and Migration

23 February 2016

Related News

Media Coverage Researcher Interviews

Beyond the Headlines Podcast: Ito Peng speaks on the Care Economy

8 April 2024

Media Coverage Researcher Interviews Events

Massey Dialogue hosts Ito Peng in talk re Care and Climate Change

7 March 2024


Webinar: Demographic and the Aging

13 November 2023

Awards Announcements

Ito Peng is named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

6 September 2022

Media Coverage

Dr. Ito Peng Interviewed on the BBC

13 September 2021

Media Coverage Announcements

Dr. Ito Peng Interviewed by the Faculty of Arts & Science

24 August 2021


Read Dr. Ito Peng at Policy Options

20 May 2021