KRD 'Socio-economic Policy and Organisation'

1. Labour, family and care. Individualisation, particularly in kinship formations, not only facilitates family transitions, but also allows dissolving them ‘no strings attached’. Law and contract increasingly cut back family solidarity. This causes a shift of responsibilities from the family to individuals or to collective public or private schemes. In this framework, we research the possibility and desirability of individualisation in family law and family property law.

New kinship formations are largely invisible in the organisation of health care, which is too often still based on the traditional family grid of a couple and its joint offspring. Our research on new family formations is necessary focuses the organisation of (informal) care within families, and its interplay with collective private and public health care schemes. Current research results concern the use of group insurance schemes (second pillar pensions).

2. Ageing, welfare and care. Informal care within kinship groups has a particular ‘exceptionalist’ space in-between the Market and the State. Our research particularly focuses on the contractualisation, particularly the monetisation, of family care, for example by compensating informal care in a market-oriented way. Current research results concern both life partners and intergenerational care. Future research will cover care in new family formations, particularly those resulting from migratory flows, and new housing challenges.

3. Migration. Firstly, we have investigated ‘traditional’ migratory flows towards Western countries by migrants whose values are ​​sometimes at odds with the Western ones (see on the concept of family ECJ, C-83/11, Rahman). Secondly, research results are available on ‘biotechnological tourism’ from the Western countries to other regions, for example with regard to surrogacy or trade in organs. Thirdly, conduct research on international child abduction, often an unfortunate consequence of increased family mobility.