Barbara Janta

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Ph.D. (in progress) in employment research, University of Warwick; M.Phil. in sociology, Cambridge University; M.S. in sociology, Nicholas Copernicus University; M.A. in literature and linguistics, Nicholas Copernicus University

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Barbara Janta is an analyst at RAND Europe. Her expertise and interests span across employment, child and family policy, demography, and foresight studies. She has been involved in a number of studies for a wide range of organisations, such as the European Commission (DG EMPL, DG SANCO), European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), European Parliament and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

She is currently involved in a project for the European Platform for Investing in Children (DG EMPL), a platform for the exchange of practices on child- and family-friendly policies across the EU. She is also currently leading the UK case study for DG EMPL project on challenges and opportunities in the economic and social inclusion of migrant EU workers. Her previous experience includes inter alia a foresight study for the EC's Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA) assessing key global trends in the area of work and employment and implication of these trends for the EU policy; a DG EMPL study informing the EU Social Agenda (2012-2020), and a study examining Europe's demography trends looking into the causes and consequences of low fertility in Europe.

She is experienced in using a range of primary and secondary research methods, including evaluation methodologies, interviews, facilitated workshops, reviews, case studies, survey development and analysis, international comparisons and benchmarking, and a range of future methodologies, including expert panel Delphi elicitation, scenarios development and writing.

Recent Projects

  • Trends in EU employment and social policy
  • Availability and quality of childcare in Europe
  • Parenting support
  • Migrant workers in the European labour force
  • Child and family policy in Europe

Selected Publications

Janta, B., Caring for children in Europe. How childcare, parental leave and flexible working arrangements interact in Europe, RAND Corporation (RR-554-EC), 2014

Janta, B. and Henham, M-L., Social protection during economic crisis: how do changes to benefits systems affect children?RAND Corporation (RR-555-EC), 2014

Hoorens, S., Ghez, J., Guerin, B., Schweppenstedde, D., Hellgren, T., Horvath, V., Graf, M., Janta, B., Drabble, S, Kobzar, S., Global Societal Trends and their impact on the EU in 2030. Synthesis report, RAND Corporation (RR-479-EC), 2013

Janta, B., Parenting support. Policy Brief, RAND Corporation (RR-187-EC), 2013

Stolk, C., Hofman, J., Hafner, M. and B. Janta, Psychological wellbeing and work. Improving service provision and outcomes, Department for Work and Pensions, the Department of Health, and the UK Cabinet Office (RR-407-DWP), 2013

Van Stolk, C., Hoorens, S., Brutscher, P-B., Hunt, P., Montoya, S. and B. Janta, Life after Lisbon: Europe's Challenges to Promote Labour Force Participation and Reduce Income Inequality, RAND Corporation (MG-1068-RE), 2011

Hoorens, S., Clift, J., Staetsky, L., Janta, B., Diepeveen, S., Morgan, M. and J. Grant, Low fertility in Europe. Is there still reason to worry?RAND Corporation (MG-1080-RE), 2011

Rendall, M.S., Tsang, F., Rubin, J., Rabinovich, L. and Janta, B., "Contrasting trajectories of labor market integration between migrant women in Western and Southern Europe," European Journal of Population, 2010

Honors & Awards

  • Scholarship covering fees for a PhD study, University of Warwick, Institute for Employment Research
  • Winner of the Faculty of Social Sciences Postgraduate Research Poster Competition, University of Warwick


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    The Time Is Ripe for Evidence-Based Child Policy in the UK

    Today marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain. Even in the UK there are still children who live in poverty and inequality, who experience violence, and who are not afforded rights on par with their peers.

    Nov 20, 2014 Open Policy Making

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    Fathers Providing Childcare: Evidence from Europe

    Father's Day offers a reason to examine how government policies encourage fathers to take a more active role in caring for their children. A particularly informative example can be found in the aspects of European family policy that relate to fathers' caregiving in the early years of children lives.

    Jun 13, 2014 The RAND Blog

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    Every Parent Can Be a Better Parent

    The 20th anniversary of the International Day of Families on 15th May 2014 provides an appropriate occasion to celebrate the important role parents play in children's lives and the parenting skills that help children achieve their full potential.

    May 15, 2014 The RAND Blog

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    Reflecting on Gender Equality in Europe

    With the United Nations 2014 International Women's Day theme being “Equality for Women is Progress for All,” it is a time to reflect on progress made, raise awareness of the struggles that women and men still face, and consider how best these challenges could be addressed.

    Mar 7, 2014 The RAND Blog

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    Father's Day: The Important Role Fathers Play in Children's Upbringing

    Research shows that engaged fathers have a positive influence on their children. Educational success, better social development, and higher self-esteem are some of the documented effects on children who have dads involved in their everyday life.

    Jun 14, 2013 The RAND Blog

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    Investing in Children

    The historic objective of Children's Day — celebrated in many European countries on the first day of June — was not simply to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring attention to children around the world who suffer from exploitation, violence, and discrimination.

    May 31, 2013 The RAND Blog