NIDEA Seminar Series 2020

Date Tuesday 20 October 2020
Time 1pm - 2pm
Where Zoom:
Presenter Dr. Kate Prickett (Director of the Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families and Children at Victoria University of Wellington)
Contact Shefali Pawar
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Family economic and social wellbeing during and after the nationwide Alert Level 4 lockdown

On March 25th, Aotearoa NZ moved quickly into an Alert Level 4 lockdown, a state which severely restricted people’s movement and their social interactions in an attempt to limit the spread of Covid-19. The lockdown represented an unprecedented experience for New Zealanders in two important ways. First, it set in motion a sudden and large drop into economic recession. Second, people were asked to severely limit their movements, social interactions, and the ways they went about organising and providing for their households. These factors raised fears about the economic and social impact of lockdown.

In this seminar, Dr. Kate Prickett will present key findings about the impact of lockdown on family wellbeing, including the economic impact on families, time demands and work-family conflict, and the toll on relationships and wellbeing. These patterns will be examined with a lens trained on the differential impact by gender and socioeconomic status. Data came from the Life Under Lockdown Survey—a unique dataset consisting of 2,000 New Zealanders who were asked about their economic and socioemotional wellbeing during week 3 (April) of the Alert Level 4 lockdown and were followed-up with again in July when New Zealand had transitioned back to Alert Level 1.


Dr. Kate Prickett is the Director of the Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families and Children at Victoria University of Wellington. As a family demographer, Kate’s research is focused on how the the connection between family contexts and children’s health and wellbeing is implicated in the intergenerational transmission of inequality. A particular emphasis of this research is to understand how interpersonal processes between parents and children are embedded within a complex array of proximate ecological settings (such as work and child care) and broader systems of stratification (e.g., gender, socioeconomic status).