Next Lunchtime Talk: Cristina Castellanos Serrano - 19 March

Next Lunchtime Talk: Cristina Castellanos Serrano - 19 March

‘Poverty and relationships: addressing the gender perspective’.


4 March 2014

Please join us for our next lunchtime talk.

Wednesday 19 March 2014 at 1.00pm
Cristina Castellanos Serrano
Poverty and relationships: addressing the gender perspective

Where should the battle against poverty start? What has the parental leave system to do with income and poverty levels?

In November 2013, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that ‘sharing parental leave is better for modern parents’ (1) He said that ‘from 2015 the UK will move to a new system of flexible parental leave as part of a huge shake-up’ (2) and ‘that parental leave rules are to be torn up to smash the “old-fashioned assumption” that women rather than men should stay at home to look after young children’ (3) .

Reading newspaper headlines is a good way to know how messages are used and understood. Do transferability of parental leave change fathers and mothers’ role substantially? Do politicians learn from research and evaluation? How could evaluators and researchers reach policy makers?

After briefly exposing key concepts embedded in the gender perspective, and highly related to the Tavistock’s focus on concepts such as systems dynamics, organisation and culture, we will discuss a case study based on key findings of evaluation and research projects carried out by Tavistock Institute.

Why should we include the gender perspective in evaluation and research? What are the obstacles to learn from key findings? The lunch time talk will give us the time and space to reflect on these and other questions.

Cristina Castellanos is Senior Researcher and Consultant at The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (UK) and Lecturer on Economic Policy and Macroeconomics at Cardenal Cisneros University (Spain). She is an economist specialising in gender mainstreaming, labour market and public policies from an international perspective. She is interested in the impacts of public policies on labour, relationships, poverty, care arrangements, time use, individual and household dynamics and decision-making.

If you would like to attend this talk please send an email to talks@tavinstitute.org with your name, the talk date and title.

Every third Wednesday at the Tavistock Institute, staff, associates, trustees and partners have come together for these informal talks. Now as we enter the sixth year of talks we are looking to widen this community and to explore the possibilities for development and new thought through engaging with a wider audience.

You are welcome to bring your own lunch.

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