ERD Reports and Publications

Reports and Publications

Gender and Identity in a Turbulent Space and Time: An Interview Study of Dual-Career Diplomatic Couples

The first output of this longitudinal qualitative study presents main results and sets the landscape of the dual-career couples in the FCDO. The results suggest that access to paid work and professional identity for both partners is important for the sense of balance in their relationship as a couple. Various dual-career models and strategies have been identified. This study is being conducted in cooperation with ESCP Business School London, King’s College London, Loughborough University London and Aarhus University.

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Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Foreign Service partners: stress, burnout and MFA support

The ERD’s survey of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic from January 2021 found that levels of personal burnout among foreign service partners and spouses was very high, and resilience low; some measures of MFA support were found to be correlated with better outcomes.

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Supporting diplomatic partners and spouses during a crisis – lessons from Covid-19

Based on the ERD’s 2020/2021 research on burnout and resilience among partners and spouses during the pandemic, EUFASA has produced a policy paper on how to support partners and spouses during crises.

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