Professor Ekaterina Hertog
Professor Ekaterina Hertog’s research interests lie at the intersection of digital sociology and family sociology. She leads the ESRC-funded DomesticAI project that scopes new technologies’ potential to free up time now locked into unpaid domestic labour and measures how willing people are to introduce these technologies into their private lives.
First research findings are available as pre-prints here: The future(s) of unpaid work: How susceptible do experts from different backgrounds think the domestic sphere is to automation and The future of unpaid work: Estimating the effects of automation on time spent on housework and care work in Japan and the UK
Until December 2021, Professor Hertog was a research fellow at the GenTime research project, investigating gender differences in time use in East Asia. Her time use research looks at factors that impact the gender balance in the domestic division of labour, associations between children’s time use patterns and their natal family characteristics, and gender differences in time use at old age.
Professor Hertog’s earlier study of never-married single mothers in Japan that provides an in-depth analysis of Japanese women’s decision-making on childbearing issues and the related value systems was published as a book by Stanford University Press titled Tough Choices: Bearing an Illegitimate Child in Japan. Her other research includes an investigation of digital dating records from one of Japan’s largest matchmakers to scrutinise partner search processes, identifying the social factors that drive individual success and failure on the Japanese marriage market. She has published in journals such as Journal of Marriage and Family, Demographic Research, and PLOS One.
- Gender and technology
- Domestic automation
- Domestic division of labour
- Marriage in Japan
- Families in Japan
- Future of unpaid work
- Living with technology
- Gender practices in households
- The future(s) of unpaid work: How susceptible do experts from different backgrounds think the domestic sphere is to automation (pre-print 2022)
- The future of unpaid work: Estimating the effects of automation on time spent on housework and care work in Japan and the UK (pre-print, 2022)
- Revisiting the gender revolution: time on paid work, domestic work, and total work in East Asian and Western Societies 1985–2016 (2022)
- Married adults co-residing with older parents: Implications for paid work and domestic workloads (2021)
- How do older adults spend their time? Gender gaps and educational gradients in time use in East Asian and Western countries (2021)
- Exploring daily time-use patterns: ATUS-X data extractor and online diary visualisation tool (2021)
- Do better-educated couples share domestic work more equitably in Japan? It depends on the day of the week (2021)
- Singlehood in contemporary Japan: Rating, dating, and waiting for a good match (2021)
- Japanese adolescents' time use: The role of household income and parental education (2021)