Barbara Janta

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Senior Analyst
Cambridge Office


Ph.D. 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 a senior analyst at RAND Europe. Her expertise and interests span across work, employment and skills policy areas, social policy, child and family policy, and children's rights.

She is currently managing studies focusing on COVID-19 policy responses to address health and wellbeing concerns related to housing conditions, and the use of pulse oximetry in care homes. She has recently led a comparative study on Child Participation in EU political and democratic life. For the last 8 years, she has been involved in a project for the European Platform for Investing in Children. Her previous experience includes inter alia studies examining education to work transitions, employment and working conditions, economic and social inclusion of EU migrant workers and Europe's demography trends. She is experienced in applying a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Recent Projects

  • Child and family policy in Europe
  • Child Participation in EU political and democratic life
  • Availability and quality of childcare in Europe
  • Paternity and parental leave policies across Europe
  • Trends in EU employment and social policy

Selected Publications

Janta, B., Iakovidou, E., Butkute, M., Changes in the child and family policies in the EU28 in 2017. European Platform for Investing in Children: Annual thematic report, Prepared for the European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, RAND Corporation (EP-67672), 2018

Janta, B., Stewart, K., (2018) Paternity and parental leave policies across the European Union. Assessment of current provision , Prepared for the European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, RAND Corporation (EP-67666), 2018

Janta, B., Harte, E. , Education of migrant children in Europe. Education policy responses for the inclusion of migrant children in Europe, Prepared for the European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, RAND Corporation (RR-1655-EC), 2016

Janta, B., Van Belle, J., Stewart, K., Quality and impact of Centre-based Early Childhood Education and Care, Prepared for the European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, RAND Corporation (RR-1670-EC), 2016

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., Hofman, J., Harte, E., Hoorens, S., Socio-economic inclusion of migrant EU workers in four cities. City Report: Leeds, EC Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, 2015

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

Honors & Awards

  • President's Award for Research Impact, 2015, RAND Europe
  • 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




  • Chalk drawing of a group of people around the world, photo by Professor25/Getty Images

    Celebrating Children's Rights Is Important, but More Progress Is Needed

    The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which set a legal framework and put children's rights firmly on the international policy agenda, was adopted 30 years ago. While there are a number of initiatives in place, more work could be done to maximize children's involvement in policy and decisionmaking on issues that affect their lives.

    Nov 25, 2019 Encompass

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    Early Childhood Education and Care Services Across the European Union Member States Still Fall Short of the Mark

    Children's access to education and care from a young age is vital. Large differences exist between EU countries in access to those services and the quality of child care. Bridging the gap would require more efforts at the EU and national levels to guarantee that each child has access to services that will have lasting effects on their development.

    Oct 10, 2019 The RAND Blog

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    Empowering Parents Through Positive Parenting Interventions

    For parents, knowing whether they are raising their children the “right” way can feel like an impossible task. Parenting programs can make a unique and indispensable contribution to child well-being, and ultimately give children the resilience to thrive, even in challenging circumstances.

    May 30, 2019 E!Sharp

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    Use It or Lose It—Why Taking Parental Leave Is So Important for Fathers

    The active involvement of both a mother and a father in the upbringing of a child has great social and psychological benefits. Yet, despite legal provisions allowing parents to take time off to look after children, such as parental leave, many men are still reluctant to take it.

    Mar 4, 2019 E!Sharp

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    Work vs. Family: How Some Countries Lead the Way in Flexible Working

    Many families in the European Union struggle to balance their professional and domestic responsibilities. Harmony between work and home could be an important way to help children and adults and promote a more prosperous society at large. More action could be taken to support work-life balance for working parents.

    Jan 31, 2019 EurActiv

  • Children of a welcome class for migrants attend a German language lesson at the Catholic Sankt Franziskus school in Berlin, Germany, January 22, 2016

    Making Education a Reality for All Children in Europe

    Access to education is a fundamental children's right in the EU and is guaranteed under a variety of legal and policy frameworks. Despite many approaches and initiatives adopted across the EU, a number of challenges remain concerning the development of effective long-term education measures for migrant children.

    Oct 4, 2018 E!Sharp

  • Peter Talos feeds his daughter Karin, as they spend time together during his parental leave, in Oslo, Norway, October 5, 2012

    Potential Changes to Paternity and Parental Leave in Europe

    Fathers' involvement in child care has considerable benefits for their children, mothers, employers, and themselves. Paternity and parental leave are important, but pay, flexibility, and eligibility remain significant barriers to uptake by fathers across Europe.

    Jun 25, 2018 E!Sharp

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    In Britain's Approach to Free Child Care, Lessons for the U.S.

    If public school in America is free for kindergarten through high school, why not extend the same guarantee for the earliest years, when the potential impact is greatest? The United States can learn from Britain's experience in this area.

    Oct 27, 2017 USA Today

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    Why Europe's Work-Life Balance Proposal Could Be in Limbo for Years

    The work-life balance proposal has a chance of having an impact on the labor markets and welfare systems in Europe. However, given the variation in policies across member states and levels of political support among key stakeholders, the proposal may end up stuck in negotiations.

    May 30, 2017 New Europe

  • A teacher conducts a German lesson for children of a welcome class for immigrants from Syria, Egypt, and South Korea at the Katharina-Heinroth primary school in Berlin, Germany, September 11, 2015

    Why Being a Migrant Is Not the Biggest Barrier to Education in Europe

    Migrant students tend to have lower performance and are more likely to leave school early. But factors other than migrant status, such as language barriers, can explain these differences.

    Oct 31, 2016 New Europe

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    Are EU Migrants Over-Qualified for the Jobs They Do?

    Debates on EU mobility are focused on what EU migrants take away from their host countries, and the costs they may bring taxpayers. What may be ignored is the contribution migrants bring to local labor markets and how this can grow if they have jobs that make the most of their skills.

    Feb 24, 2016 EurActiv

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    Are the Effects of the Economic Crisis Still Impacting Children in Europe?

    If EU member states do not invest in early childhood education and care now, negative long-term effects may follow in future years. Unfortunately, it might be the case that the fallout of the economic crisis is blocking some of the investments that need to be made.

    Feb 17, 2016 The RAND Blog

  • French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel talking at an EU leaders summit in Brussels, December 17, 2015

    Why Access to In-Work Benefits Is a Hard Nut to Crack in the UK's EU Negotiations

    Likely opposition from EU member states and a lack of evidence over EU migrants coming to the UK to access benefits could put Prime Minister Cameron in a difficult negotiating position in seeking to change the rules on welfare benefits.

    Jan 25, 2016 E!Sharp

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    What Are the Facts About EU Migration to the UK?

    Discussions about European migration taking place during the EU Summit this week could benefit from the facts: that the actual number of EU migrants in the UK is considerably smaller than popular perception, and those that are in the UK have higher employment levels than UK nationals.

    Dec 18, 2015 The RAND Blog

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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