日本語
Research subject
Integrative Approach to Family and Social Sustainability
Research
areas
Sociology
Research
keywords
Sustainabiilty, Environment, Work and Family
Researcher 平尾 桂子
Hirao Keiko
Job title Professor
Affiliation Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
Master's (Doctoral) Program in Global Environmental Studies
Contact
URL

Abstract
I have been working on the intersections of family, education, and work from the perspective of intergenerational relationship. After assigned to teach in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies in 2009, I began to expand my research scope to explore synergies between feminist scholarship and environmental Work-and-family is situated as one of the key elements to solve the challenges of how humanity can thrive into the future
The urgent need for a transformation of the current economic model is not new and has long been of the utmost concerns for ecological scientists, environmental economists and sociologists a like. These challenges are important because they threaten the sustainability of our humankind. The conundrum of the work and family One of the challenges commonly faced by post-industrialization societies is “work-life balance,” an issue that has emerged in he form of the two questions:

1) Individual level: How can we balance economic wellbeing and our responsibilities for child-rearing and nursing care?
2) Social level: How can we ensure that the next generation will be fostered while maintaining economic growth?

The fundamental necessary condition for a sustainable society is that it reproduces its member as no human being is immortal. That is, the core of the conundrum of work and family is the mode in which we “produce” and “reproduce. These two roles were divided between men and women in the past, but the conventional system has entered a period of major transition.
Conundrum of Work and Family

Specific examples
Organizational management of work-life balance
Future prospects
Coaching on family maintenance
Research on organizational habits
Research facilities and equipments
Statistical analysis software, etc.
Collaboration with external organizations
Seeks to meet companies and researchers that will support the formulation of “intellectual commons” to connect different items and create new value.
Related patents/papers
Hirao, K., 2016, "Environment and Gender," The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies.
———, 2016, "Gender Difference in Pro-Environmental Activities in Japan: Emergence of a New Domestic Work?," Journal of Environmental Studies, 12:89-100.
———, 2015, Miezaru te to miezaru kokoro (Invisible Hand, Invisible Heart), Tokyo: Sophia University Press.
———. 2012. "Competitors in the Nest: Gender, Sibship Structure and Educational Investment in Japan and Korea," K. Ishihara and R. Tabuchi eds., Changing Families in Northeast Asia: Comparative Analysis of China, Korea, and Japan. Tokyo: Sophia University Press.111-32.
———, 2007, "Privatized Education Market and Maternal Employment in Japan," Political Economy of Japan's Low Fertility:170-97.

Hirao, keiko. With Richardson, Dominic et.al. Key Findings on Families, Family Policy and The Sustainable Development Goals (Forthcoming from IFFD)

Contact
Sophia University Bureau of Academic Research and Information
TEL:03-3238-3173 E-mail g_rant@cl.sophia.ac.jp