The project sought to improve knowledge of the gendered structure of domestic work in Portugal. Concretely, it aimed to:1) provide new data and conceptual, statistical and econometric analysis of a previously under-studied area; 2) enhance understanding of that women-dominated sector, through consideration of the nature of the work, its representation in society, and its position as a transition job for migrant and non-migrant women; 3) reach conclusions concerning domestic workers’ preferences and experiences regarding labour law protections and undeclared work; 4) challenge the boundaries of the concepts of entrepreneurship and innovation through considering a sector not traditionally seen as falling within those definitions; 5) identify the social, legal and labour market policy implications of this work; 6) increase international awareness of research into the Portuguese social reality through international publications; and 7) provide training to junior researchers as a priority.
Period: 2010 - 2012
Funding Institution: FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Coordination: Maria da Paz Campos Lima
External Team: Beatriz Padilla