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A collaborator par excellence: reflections upon Sue Lewis’ contribution to cross-national research in the work-family field

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This paper will discuss the development of work-family research in the UK and cross-nationally, and the critical contribution of Suzan Lewis to this field. The first part of the paper focusses on the ways in which, in the context of the growth of dual earner lifestyles in Britain, Suzan's work made a key contribution. A central part of this story is also the collaborative role that Sue played both through initiating projects across universities in the UK but also in carrying out European Union-funded research and more widely, including leading multi-national teams. In particular, two studies will be considered: Young people's views about their future work and family lives (Futures on hold); and Gender, Parenthood and the Changing European Workplace (Transitions). The paper points to some of the key prerequisites necessary for working in cross-national research teams and the conduct of high- quality, qualitative cross-national research, especially studies that address different layers of social context.
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Keywords: cross-national research; recherches transnationales; travail-famille; work-family

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: UCL Institute of Education, UCL, London, UK 2: Department of Sociology, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

Publication date: March 14, 2016

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