Ito Peng

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Social Policy
Director, Centre for Global Social Policy
Department of Sociology, and Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


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Ito Peng is a Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the Department of Sociology, and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She is also the Director of the Centre for Global Social Policy, University of Toronto. She teaches political sociology, specializing in family, gender, and demographic issues, migration and comparative social policy. She has written extensively on family and gender policies, labour market changes, and social and political economy of care in East Asia. Professor Peng is the Principal Investigator of a SSHRC funded partnership research project called Gender, Migration and the Work of Care: International Comparisons, that examines how the reorganization of care influences the global migration of care workers, and how this migration in turn impact family and gender relations, gender equality, government policies, and global governance. Professor Peng has held a variety of senior leadership positions at the University of Toronto. Prior to being the Director of the Centre for Global Social Policy, Professor Peng was the Associate Dean, Interdisciplinary & International Affairs at the Faculty of Arts and Science. She has also served as the Chair and Director of Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies and the Director of Centre for the Studies of Korea, both at the Asian Institute. Professor Peng is a senior fellow of Massey College and Trinity College, University of Toronto; and a senior fellow of Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. She has been an associate researcher with the UNRISD since 1996. Dr. Peng received her PhD from London School of Economics.

recent publications

Michel, Sonya and Ito Peng (eds.) (2017) Gender, Migration and the Work of Care: A Multi-Scalar Approach to the Pacific Rim, New York, NY: Palgrave McMillan.

Peng, Ito. (2017) “Explaining Exceptionalities: Care and Migration Policies in Japan and South Korea”, in Sonya Michel and Ito Peng eds. Gender, Migration and the Work of Care: A Multi-Scalar Approach to the Pacific Rim, Palgrave McMillan: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire. pp. 191-214.

Peng, Ito and Susan Yeandle (2017) Eldercare policies in East Asia and Europe: Mapping policy changes and variations and their implications, New York, NY: UN Women

Peng, Ito (2017) Transnational Migration of Domestic and Care Workers in Asia Pacific, Geneva: ILO–en/index.htm

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