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 and family policy, demography (migration and fertility), and foresight studies. She is currently involved in a project for the European Platform for Investing in Children (European Commission, DG EMPL), a platform for the exchange of practices on child- and family-friendly policies across the EU. Janta is also working on a project for the EC's Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA) on the assessment of key global societal trends over the next two decades and their implications for the EU policy context. Previously, she has worked on a Eurofound study analysing the impacts of recession on the age management practices in Europe, a DG EMPL study informing the EU Social Agenda (2012-2020), a study examining Europe's demography trends looking into the causes and consequences of low fertility in Europe, a study examining migration and integration trends of migrant women workers in Europe, and a study evaluating the European Programme for Integration and Migration.

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

Recent Projects

  • Parenting support
  • Family policy and fertility trends in Europe
  • Trends in EU employment and social policy
  • Migrant workers in the European labour force
  • Sustainability of civil service reform in Central and Eastern European countries

Selected Publications

Janta, Barbara, Parenting support. Policy Brief, European Commission, DG EMPL (forthcoming)

Christian van Stolk, Stijn Hoorens, Philipp-Bastian Brutscher, Priscillia Hunt, Flavia Tsang, Barbara Janta, Life after Lisbon: Europe's Challenges to Promote Labour Force Participation and Reduce Income Inequality, RAND Corporation (MG-1068-RE), 2011

Stijn Hoorens, Jack Clift, Laura Staetsky, Barbara Janta, Stephanie Diepeveen, Molly Morgan Jones, Jonathan 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

Ruth Levitt, Barbara Janta, and Kai Wegrich, Accountability of teachers: Literature review, RAND Europe (TR-606-GTC), 2009

Ruth Levitt, Barbara Janta, Alaa Shehabi, Daniel Jones, and Elizabeth Valentini, Language matters: The supply of and demand for UK born and educated academic researchers with skills in languages other than English, RAND Corporation (TR-657-BA), 2009

Jennifer Rubin, Michael Rendall, Lila Rabinovich, Flavia Tsang, Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, and Barbara Janta, Migrant women in the European labour force, RAND Corporation (TR-591-EC), 2008


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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