This project aims to maximise the research impact of work from the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN), ADR UK’s predecessor.

The work examines factors affecting mothers’ return to work (or not) after having children. Using Census data, the researcher was able to discover what impacts whether a mother returns to work after childbirth, including factors like previous employment, education level, age of children, and type of childcare accessed. The project was developed in partnership with the Childcare for All coalition, and the findings launched at a joint conference in March 2019. The Coalition is using the findings from the research in their advocacy for policy changes and the development and implementation of new universal childcare legislation for Northern Ireland. Further follow-up research is planned by the researcher.

Project lead

Dr Corina Miller, Centre for Public Health, Queen's University Belfast (ADR Northern Ireland).

This project is funded by ADR Northern Ireland via its core grant from the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) as an ADR UK partner.

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