Double Fragility: The Care Crisis in the Corona Crisis (2021-2022)


The expert from the POLICIES Institute, Helene Schiffbänker, together with the University of Bielefeld (Priv.-Doz. Alexandra Scheele) und L&R Sozialforschung (Nadja Bergmann, Claudia Sorger) submitted a project to the German Volkswagen Foundation within the framework of a Covid project call after the first Lockdown. Out of a total of 1,105 applications received, the joint project "Double Fragility: The Care Crisis in the Corona Crisis” was also selected.


Care during closed childcare facilities

In this theoretical and empirical project, we examine how parents in so-called systemically relevant occupations - requiring on-site deployment - organised childcare during the closure of childcare facilities, following the assumption that the Corona crisis not only uncovered an already existing structural crisis in childcare, but also created a double fragility for working parents with care responsibilities.

The core of the study is the implementation of workplace case studies with parents, employee representatives and human resource managers in the food retail sector as well as in the health sector. In addition, a media and policy field analysis will be conducted from March 2020 to the end of 2021 and the data on the use of childcare during this period will be analysed.. 


Based on the concept of antifragility, perspectives for a more resilient childcare system in the future are then developed.