Ito Peng

Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, and Canada Research Chair in Global Social Policy
17153 - 700 University Ave, 17th floor


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Care Economy
  • Climate Change
  • Family and Gender Policy
  • Migration
  • Social Policy


Ito Peng is a Canada Research Chair in Global Social Policy and the Director of the Centre for Global Social Policy at the Department of Sociology, and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She is recognized as a leading researcher and expert in global social policy, specializing in the care economy, gender, migration, care and climate change policies. She has written extensively on social policies and political economy of care and the care economy. She currently leads a SSHRC, Hewlett Foundation, and Open Society Foundations supported global partnership research project, Care Economies in Context and is co-leading the Room 5 for the Rockefeller Foundation-Brookings Institute’s 17-Rooms Global Flagship project. Ito holds a PhD from London School of Economics. For more information, see: Centre for Global Social Policy and Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy.


Recent Publications

Peng, Ito. 2023. “COVID-19, Global Care and Migration”, in Mignon Duffy, Amy Armenia and Kim Price-Glynn eds. From Crisis to Catastrophe: Care, COVID-19, and Pathways to Change. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press. pp. 40-58.

Peng, Ito. 2023. “Policy Brief in Response to the World Bank's Invest in Childcare Initiative”, Gender&Care Network, The World Bank’s Invest in Childcare initiative: a vehicle for achieving gender equality and responding to the care crisis?

Peng, Ito and Jiweon Jun. 2022. “Impacts of COVID-19 on Care and Work Arrangements in South Korea: Empirical Findings and Policy Implications”, International Journal of Care and Caring. 6(1-2): 13-32.

Davison, Jeremy and Ito Peng. 2021. “Views on Immigration in Japan; Identities, Interests, and Pragmatic Divergence”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 47(11): 2578-2595.

Peng, Ito. 2021. “Long-term care insurance would better serve Canada’s aging population”, Policy Options, May 20, 2021. Long-term care insurance would better serve Canada’s aging population

Peng, Ito. 2021. “Systemic Resilience and Carework: An Asia-Pacific Perspective”, Think-piece No. 7 of the MigResHub, Migration Policy Centre, RSCAS, European University Institute. March 2021.