Elizabeth Wilkins

PHD Student
elizabeth.wilkins@ined.fr
Secretariat : Sorya Le Forestier +33(0)1 56 06 20 09

Research field(s)

Title: The effects of grandparental
childcare on parents’ fertility and grandparents’
professional activity in different institutional
contexts

Supervisors: Laurent Toulemon
(INED), Nathalie Le Bouteillec (Université de
Picardie Jules Verne / INED), Stuart Gietel-Basten
(The Hong Kong University of
Science and Technology).

I am a PhD candidate in Demography, based at INED
and the University of Picardie Jules Verne. My
research focuses on the comparative analysis of
grandparental childcare using :
Generations and
Gender Survey (GGS)
data.

Specifically, I am examining: (1) the patterns and
determinants of grandparental childcare,(2) the
impact of the receipt of grandparental childcare
support on parents’ fertility intentions and
behaviour, and (3)the impact of the provision of
grandparental childcare on grandparents’
professional activity and work-life balance. I am
looking at how these relationships compare
across different institutional contexts in Europe
and East Asia.

In addition, I am involved in the implementation of
the French 2020 GGS pilot survey, as well as the
extension of the Generations and Gender Survey
Programme (GGP) to Asia.

Before starting my PhD, I served as a Consultant for
the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in New
York, conducting research on population ageing and
low fertility, and supporting Member States to
develop rights-based population policies in the
context of population ageing and low fertility,
including the first population policy for Mauritius.
I have also worked as a Researcher in Non-
Communicable Disease (NCD) Prevention at the
University of Oxford.

I hold a BA in Human Sciences from the University of
Oxford, and a MSc in Population and Development from
the London School of Economics and Political
Science.