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My research is organised around an interest in how paid and unpaid care work is structured and valued within organisations, by welfare states and by society at large. This research is framed within critical feminist theory and comparative welfare state approaches.

My research draws on a range of methods such as observations, interviews and social survey analysis.

Research interests

  • Care work
  • Welfare states
  • Cultures of care
  • Volunteering
  • Paid and unpaid work
  • Professionalisation
  • Hybrid Organisations


  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Qalitative Methods
  • Evaluation
  • Human Services
  • Policitcal Economy
  • Sociology of Everyday Life
  • Work and Employment 
  • Social Policy and Inequality
  • Gender Studies
  • Institutions and Organisations
  • Science and Society

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Roskilde University

Sociology, PhD, Macquarie University

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Research Outputs

Cultures of volunteer care? A comparative study of Australia and Denmark

Overgaard, C., May 2020, In : International Journal of Care and Caring. 4, 2, p. 183-199 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Rethinking volunteering as a form of unpaid work

    Overgaard, C., 2019, In : Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 48, 1, p. 128–145 18 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Volunteer care workers: a case for challenging resource theories on volunteering

    Overgaard, C., Petrovski, E. & Hermansen, J., 2018, In : Journal of Civil Society. 14, 2, p. 153-172 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    When to Work for Pay, When Not to: A Comparative Study of Australian and Danish Volunteer Care Workers

    Overgaard, C., 1 Apr 2016, In : Voluntas. 27, 2, p. 810-830 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)