Ekaterina Hertog

Ekaterina Hertog

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St Antony's College



Ekaterina Hertog

Research Fellow and PI DomesticAI project


Dr Hertog’s research interests lie at the intersection of family sociology and digital sociology. She leads the DomesticAI project that aims to scope the technologies’ potential to free up time now locked into unpaid domestic labour and measure how willing people are to introduce these technologies into their private lives. 

Ekaterina is also a research fellow at the GenTime research project, working on the gender differences in time use in East Asia. Ekaterina’s time use research looks at the gender balance in the domestic division of labour, associations between children’s time use patterns and their natal family characteristics and gender differences in time use at old age. 

Ekaterina’s earlier research includes a study of never-married single mothers in Japan that provides an in-depth analysis of Japanese women's decision-making on childbearing issues and the related value systems. It was published as a book by Stanford University Press titled ‘Tough Choices: Bearing an Illegitimate Child in Contemporary Japan’. Ekaterina also used customer data from one of the largest Japanese marriage agencies to analyse matching mechanisms that help us understand individual success and failure on the Japanese marriage market. 

Research Areas: AI, Future of Unpaid Work, Family Sociology, Time Use, Gender Practices in Household, Human Mate Selection, Contemporary Japanese Society


Selected Publications

2021 with Kan, Man-Yee, Zhou, Muzhi, Kolpashnikova, Kamila, Yoda, Shohei, Jiweon, Jun “Is there a “second shift” for women? Trends in paid work time and unpaid domestic work time in East Asian and Western Societies, 1980s - 2010s”, accepted, Gender and Society

2021 with Kan, Man-Yee “Married Adults Coresiding with Older Parents: Implications for Paid Work and Domestic Workloads”, Journal of Population Aging, 29.

2021 with Kan, Man-Yee, Zhou, Muzhi, Kolpashnikova, Kamila, Negraia, Daniela, Yoda, Shohei, & Jun, Jiweon “How do Older Adults Spend Their Time? Gender Gaps and Educational Gradients in Time Use in East Asian and Western Countries”, Journal of Population Aging

2021 with Kolpashnikova, Kamila, Flood, Sarah, Sullivan, Oriel, Sayer, Liana, Zhou, Muzhi, Kan, Man-Yee, Suh, Jooyeoun, and Gershuny, Jonathan “Exploring daily time-use patterns: ATUS-X data extractor and online diary visualization tool”, PLOS One, 16(6): e0252843

2021 with Kan, M.Y, Shirakawa, K., and Chiba, R. “Do Better-Educated Couples Share Domestic Work More Equitably in Japan? It Depends on the Day of the Week”, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 52(2): 271–310

2021 with Zhou, M “Japanese adolescent’s time use: Roles of household income and parental education." Demographic Research, 44(9): 225–238 

2021 with Brinton, M and Mun, E “Singlehood in contemporary Japan: Rating, dating, and waiting for a good match.” Demographic Research, 44(10): 239–276 

2020 “Attitudes to Marriage and Childbearing” in Coates, J., Fraser, L., and Pendleton, M. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Gender and Japanese Culture, Routledge. 

2019 with Kan, M.Y. and Kolpashnikova, K. (2019). Housework share and fertility preference in four East Asian countries in 2006 and 2012. Demographic Research 41(35): 1021–1046. 

2018 with Yu, Wei-hsin “Family Characteristics and Mate Selection: Evidence from Computer-Assisted Dating in Japan” Journal of Marriage and Family, 80(3): 589-606 

2017 with Kan, M.Y. “Domestic division of labour and fertility preference in China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan” Demographic Research, volume 36, article 18 

2016 “Intergenerational Negotiations of Premarital Pregnancies in Contemporary Japan” in Qureshi, K and Pooley, S (eds.) Reproductive cultures: the passing on of parenthood between generations, Berghahn. 

2011 “Marriage, abortion or unwed motherhood? How women evaluate alternative solutions to premarital pregnancies in Japan and the United States,” Journal of Family Issues, Volume 32, Issue 12, pp. 1674-1699 (with Miho Iwasawa) 

2010 “I did not know how to tell my parents so I thought I would have to have an abortion,” in Alexy, A. and Ronald, R. (eds.) Home and Family in Japan (Japan Anthropology Workshop Series), Routledge. 

2009 Tough Choices: Bearing an Illegitimate Child in Japan, Stanford University Press 

2008 “'The worst abuse against a child is the absence of a parent': how Japanese unwed mothers evaluate their decision to have a child outside wedlock,” Japan Forum, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp. 193 – 217