- 2009: PhD., sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague
Hana Hašková, a sociologist, is a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and teaches at Charles University. She is a member of the editorial board of the interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal Gender and Research. In 2016-2020, she was a member of an advisory board of one of the leading journals in sociology - Sociology (Sage). She is a recipient of the Otto Wichterle Prize for young scientists (2010). She examines the gender aspects of and links between changes to intimate lives, reproduction, families and the labour market and explores the relations between the policies, discourses and practices of care in a historical and international perspective. She applies mixed method research and combines qualitative and quantitative research approaches. She was awarded an RTN Fellowship at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) and a NewDem Fellowship at the Central European University´s Institute for Advanced Study. She has also been a visiting researcher at the Rutgers University (USA), McGill University (Canada), London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom), University of Tampere (Finland) and the Vienna Institute for Demography (Austria). She has coordinated research teams within two international EU projects on gendered citizenship (FEMCIT) and women´s civic and political participation (EGG), and has headed research projects on childbirth, childlessness and changes in the life course. She is the author, editor and co-editor of several books and she publishes in international peer-reviewed journals regularly.
Research projects coordinated since 2002
In 2002-2006, she coordinated the Czech research team in the international interdisciplinary research project Enlargement, Gender and Governance (5th FP European Commission), which explained the specific features of the development of the women’s NGO sector in Central and Eastern European countries and evaluated the impacts of the accession of these countries to the European Union on their implementation of equal opportunities policies.
In 2004-2006, she was the principal investigator and coordinated the research team in the research project The Phenomenon of Childlessness in the Context of Social Changes in the Czech Society (Czech Science Foundation). The project focused on the sociological and demographic analysis of childlessness and the postponement of childbearing in the Czech Republic in the context of sociodemographic changes in other European countries. In this project, she identified the factors that are having a growing influence on the prolongation of the period of childlessness today and demonstrated the relevance of the theory of gender equity for explaining the increasing share of childless people in the states of Central and Eastern Europe. Based on a qualitative study of childless men and women she created a new conceptualization of childlessness and the prolongation of the period of childlessness, which can be used in international studies of reproductive behaviour.
In 2007-2011, she coordinated the Czech research team in the international, interdisciplinary research project Gendered Citizenship in Multicultural Europe (6th FP European Commission). In the project, she focused on redefining social citizenship from the perspectives of its exclusion/inclusion of care, nationality and ethnic groups and gendered impacts. Based on a historical, sociological and discoursive-institutionalist analysis she introduced an alternative explanation of the differences and similarities of contemporary policies, discourses, and practices relating to early childcare in selected countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Moreover, she demonstrated the institutional and cultural embeddedness of current care policies, discourses and practices in the historical development of these countries.
In 2010-2013, she was the principal investigator and coordinated the research team in the research project Changes in Partnership and Family Forms and Arrangements from the Life Course Perspective (Czech Science Foundation). The research team conducted an extensive representative survey of the Czech population that contains event history data, and they also conducted 92 in-depth interviews. There are interviews with singles, men and women ‘living apart together’, mothers of dependent children after the break-up of various forms of partnership, parents of dependent children who are living in poverty, people caring for elderly family members, and female economic migrants from states of the former USSR to the Czech Republic. Instead of emphasising either a qualitative or a quantitative perspective, the research team applied both of them. Then they linked and combined findings from the qualitative and the quantitative analyses to explore and explain the changes in partnership and family forms and the problems of work-life balance in the Czech Republic. The research team studied the life course from a quantitative perspective, using statistical life history data, to reveal changing patterns in the timing and sequencing of life course transitions, and to explore their causal links and their consequences for the subsequent course of a person’s life. Moreover, the research team examined the life course also from a qualitative perspective, through life stories – biographical narratives representing how people experience and what meanings they attach to transitions and phases in life. The research team showed that several important processes have contributed to the current changes in the organisation of private life and how private and work life is combined. They identified individualisation, gender-conventional re-familialisation, and globalisation (including the socially stratified effects of the economic crisis) to be critical. These processes contribute to the growing pluralisation of life courses in the region. Alongside the end of the ‘universalism’ of the occurrence of certain life events in the life course and a weakening of the interconnectedness of some life events, this research project also reveals the increasing social stratification of life courses and helps to explain them. Changes to private life arrangements tend to be explained from two perspectives – cultural and structural. Measuring the influence of explanatory factors, however, can distract attention from the identities and experiences of the men and women whose actions contribute to these changes, and away from the dynamics of the complex processes that lead to these changes. This research shows that using the life course method to study social reality helps to avoid some of these problems. At the same time, it reveals the potential that a mixed-method life course research has for observing long-term social changes and illustrates one possible way of doing this. Focusing on the interplay of the historical dynamics of institutional changes and life transitions during the life of individuals enabled the researchers to analyse relations between action and social structures and thus help to explain contemporary changes in private life and the relations between private life and work.
In 2017-2019, she was the principal investigator and coordinated the research team in the research project Childlessness and one-child families: explaining the low fertility rate in the Czech Republic (Czech Science Foundation). The project enhanced knowledge on the causes, experience, and mechanisms that underpin sub-replacement fertility in a post-socialist context. It applied mixed methods research design and developed a longitudinal qualitative study to understand childlessness and one-child families as two different manifestations of sub-replacement fertility. The research identified situational, ideational, and life-course related factors that contribute to both, intentions to remain childless, and having one child, but also those that differentiate between them. The revealed lower proportion of unstable union trajectories among childless Czech men and women than in the “West” indicates the importance of the contextual explanations of pathways to childlessness. Intentions to progress to the second child and the progress to the second child were found to decline with the age of the first child (parents’ age controlled), higher age at first birth, union dissolution after birth, partnership dissatisfaction, work-life balance problems, and non-conventional partnership-reproductive trajectories. Results suggest that policies supporting work-life balance in the early years after childbirth may decrease the perpetual postponing of second births. A longitudinal qualitative study captured changes in childless persons’ identities over time, the mechanisms behind them, and stabilizing mechanisms in childfree couples. Contributions of the project include: introducing one-child families as a phenomenon to study and comparing them with childlessness; analysing childlessness and the parenting intentions of both men and women; explaining how mixed methods life-course research advances fertility studies. The project was nominated in 2022 for the Award of the President of the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic.
(Co-)Organizing of (inter)national conferences, workshops and PhD. courses (selection)
2005 - Pan-European Conference Gendering Democracy in an Enlarged Europe (in Prague)
2008 - international intensive Ph.D. course on Gendered Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: The Impact of Contemporary Women’s Movements (in Prague)
2010 - international conference stream on Historical Institutionalism and Gendering Social Policy at the ESPAnet conference (in Budapest)
2011 - member of paper selection committee at the Second Conference of Czech and Slovak Feminist Studies (in Brno)
2011 - conference on the Life Course from a Quantitative and Qualitative Research Perspective (in Prague)
2015 - AZOLA international workshop (in Prague), which enabled an expert meeting on life-course oriented working time options in Europe, led by Christina Klenner and Yvonne Lott from Institute of Economic and Social Research - WSI (Germany)
2021 - conference Emancipation of the Child in Postmodern Society (Possibilities and Limits of Legal Regulation of Child Debts in the Context of Social Sciences)
(Co-)Editing of special issues of (inter)national peer-reviewed journals (selection)
2005 - thematic issue on women’s civic and political organising in Central and Eastern Europe - a peer-reviewed IF journal Czech Sociological Review (vol. 41, no. 6)
2011 - thematic issue on life-course changes - peer-reviewed journal Gender, rovné příležitosti, výzkum (vol. 12, no. 2)
2015 - thematic issue on gender aspects of the life course - peer-reviewed IF journal Czech Sociological Review (vol. 51, no. 6)
2018 - thematic issue on intersectional research on social inequalities - peer-reviewed journal Gender and Research (vol. 19, no. 2)
2022 - thematic issue Fragile Pronatalism? Barriers to Parenthood, One-Child Families, and Childlessness in European Post-Socialist Countries - peer-reviewed IF journal Social Inclusion (vol. 10, no. 3)
- sociology, gender studies and population studies
- sociology of family and intimate life
- fertility, childlessness and one-child families
- life-course perspective
- motherhood and mothering
- parenting desires, intentions and strategies of gay, lesbian and bisexual men and women
- childbirth discourses and practices
- family and care policies in historical and international perspective
- gender inequalities in the labour market
- work-life balance
- work-care relations and social citizenship
- women´s civic participation in Central and Eastern Europe
2022/2023: course Gender a rodina (Gender and family), Faculty of Science, Charles University
2019, November 18: Lecture for CIEE students, Prague, CIEE
2018/2019: course Gender a rodina (Gender and family), Faculty of Science, Charles University
2017/2018: course Gender a rodina (Gender and family), Faculty of Science, Charles University
2016/2017: course Gender a rodina (Gender and family), Faculty of Science, Charles University
2015/2016: course Gender a rodina (Gender and family), Faculty of Science, Charles University
2014/2015: course Gender a rodina (Gender and family), Faculty of Science, Charles University
2015, October 15: lecture for students from Antioch University "Gender relations in state socialist and post-1989 Czech society", Prague, Gender Studies, o.p.s.
2015, September 30: discussion with university students from the United States of America, program SIT study abroad, Prague, Alta.
2012/2013: course Gender a rodina (Gender and family), Faculty of Science, Charles University
2011/2012: course Gender a rodina (Gender and family), Faculty of Science, Charles University
- 2012: Lecture for students at Corvinus University of Budapest, Changes in gender relations in state socialist and post-1989 Czech society, Budapest, April 16, 2012.
- 2009/2010: course Genderová struktura české společnosti (Gendered structure of Czech society), School of Humanities, Charles University, together with Alena Křížková.
- 2009/2010: course Gender a rodina (Gender and family), Faculty of Science, Charles University
- 2009, May 21: Seminar for students from The George Washington University (Washington D.C.), Women in Czech Society.
- 2008/2009: course Gender a rodina (Gender and family), Faculty of Science, Charles University.
- 2008: Co-organization of the international course for PhD. students Gendered Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: The Impact of Contemporary Women´s Movements. Prague, June 10-13, 2008.
- 2008, May 29: Seminar for students from The George Washington University (Washington D.C.), The Position of Women in Czech Society.
- 2007/2008: course Gender a rodina (Gender and family), Faculty of Science, Charles University.
- 2007/2008: course Genderová struktura české společnosti (Gendered structure of Czech society), School of Humanities, Charles University.
- 2007, May 31: Seminar for students from The George Washington University (Washington D.C.), The Position of Women in Czech Society.
- 2006/2007: course Genderová struktura české společnosti (Gendered structure of Czech society), School of Humanities, Charles University, together with Alena Křížková
- 2006/2007: course Sociologie genderu a rodiny (Sociology of gender and family), Faculty of social sciences, Charles University
2005/2006: course Genderová struktura české společnosti (Gendered structure of Czech society), School of Humanities, Charles University, together with Alena Křížková
2004/2005: course Sociologie genderu a rodiny (Sociology of gender and family), Faculty of social sciences, Charles University
2004/2005: course Gender a rodina (Gender and family), Faculty of Science, Charles University
2004/2005: course Genderová struktura české společnosti I. (Gendered structure of Czech society I.), School of Humanities, Charles University
- 2004: Lecture at McGill University (Montreal, Canada), Gender roles and population decline in Central and Eastern Europe, Montreal, November 11, 2004.
2003/2004: course Vybrané otázky sociologie rodiny (Selected issues in sociology of family), Faculty of social sciences, Charles University.
- 2003/2004: course Úvod do studia genderu (Introduction to gender studies), Faculty of Science, Charles University
- 2003/2004: course Gender a společnost (Gender and society), Faculty of education, University in České Budějovice, together with Marie Čermáková, Alice Červinková, Alena Křížková, Marcela Linková, Hana Maříková and Radka Radimská
2003/2004: course Gender a společnost (Gender and society), High school and college Perspektiva, together with Marie Čermáková, Alena Křížková, Hana Maříková and Radka Radimská
2002/2003: course Úvod do studia genderu (Introduction to gender studies), Faculty of Science, Charles University
- 2012, March-July: Institute for Advanced Study, Central European University, Hungary, NewDem fellowship.
- 2012, September 21-25: International course Social Policy, Life Course and Gender, Oslo: NOVA, REASSESS grant.
- 2011, June-July: Institute of Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary, MTA grant.
2006, November: Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria, öAW grant.
2005, August-December: Population Research Centre, University of Groningen, Netherlands, RTN fellowship.
2004, October-November: Department of Sociology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, CIDA grant.
2004, September-October: Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, New Jersey, U.S.
2004, April-May: Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Tampere, Finland, SA grant.
2003, 30.8. – 4.9.: The fifth ECSR international summer school for postgraduate students Integrating Theory and Research on European Values and Identities, Queen´s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, ECSR grant.
2002, December: Intensive course Gender, reproductive health and fertility for international students, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2002, September-October: Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, PAN grant.
2001, December - 2002, November: Cycle of four seminars for doctoral students Conflict over the Women’s Question, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, CEU grant.
- 2001, November-December: London School of Economics and Political Science, London, Great Britain, British Academy grant.
since 2022: Independent advisor to the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic on the Family Policy Strategy 2023-2030
2020-2023 (March): Member of the Discipline Committee for Social Sciences and Humanities, Czech Science Foundation
2020-2023 (March): Deputy head of the evaluation panel P404, Czech Science Foundation
2019: Member of the evaluation panel P404, Czech Science Foundation
2019: Member of the working group "labour market and work-life balance" preparing Governmental strategy for equality of women and men 2021+.
since 2017: Member of editorial board - journal Gender and Research
since 2016: Member of the Committee on Work, Family and Private Life Reconciliation, Government Commission on Equality of Women and Men
2016-2020: Member of the International Advisory Board - journal Sociology (Sage; 1. quartile in sociology - WOS)
2017-2018: Member of the Platform on Implementation of Children´s Groups, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic
- 2016-2017: Advisor to the Office of Government of the Czech Republic, Department of Sustainable Development - Quality of Life/ Well-being project
- 2015-2018: Member of the Committee for Family Policy, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic
- 2011: Member of the Committee for Family Policy in Prague, Council of Prague
- 2010: Otto Wichterle Award for Young Scientists
- since 2009: Member of the library board of the Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
- 2009-2011: Member of an evaluation committee, Company of the Year: Equal Opportunities Award (http://www.rovneprilezitosti.ecn.cz/english.shtml)
- 2007 - 2011: Member of Femcit Knowledge Management and Dissemination Committee, EC 6RP
- 2005-2016: Member of the editorial board - journal Gender, rovné příležitosti, výzkum
- 2000 – 2004: Member of editorial board - academic bulletin Gender, rovné příležitosti, výzkum