HKS Authors

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Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership
Co-Director, Women and Public Policy Program
Roy E. Larsen Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management


The aim of this chapter is to explain the motivations for launching an international, cross-disciplinary conversation on fatherhood engagement. This volume stemmed from a Meeting of Experts from three sectors: Health and Wellbeing, Social Policy, and Work and Organizations. This chapter illuminates the unique learning opportunity afforded by coming together to examine the differential and common struggles across these three fields to support engaged fatherhood. The chapter is divided in four parts covering (1) the urgency and importance of supporting fatherhood engagement, (2) the benefits of studying and supporting fatherhood engagement from a cross-sectoral perspective, (3) the main contribution of each chapter in this volume, and (4) our grateful acknowledgements of the many people who made this collaboration possible.


Grau Grau, Marc, and Hannah Riley Bowles. "Launching a Cross-disciplinary and Cross-national Conversation on Engaged Fatherhood." Engaged Fatherhood for Men, Families and Gender Equality. Ed. Marc Grau Grau, Mireia las Heras Maestro, and Hannah Riley Bowles. Springer, Cham, 2022.