Karin Walker

Karin Wall

Research Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Research interests

My main areas of expertise are the sociology of families and gender and comparative social policy. I coordinate the Observatory on Families and Family Policies and have worked since 1995 as an expert on family policies in Europe. My research interests include family forms and interactions, work-family balance, men’s roles in families, gendered divisions of labour, family and work-life policies, and the impact of the crisis on families and children.

How might this research change lives?

I combine national expertise from a Southern European country (Portugal) with a very striking and specific pathway in terms of family and gender, with cross-national European expertise. My focus on fathers and men in families has highlighted the need to develop research and policies on men in gender equality.