Over more than 30 years, gender equality in labour and employment and the articulation between paid work and unpaid care work, namely adopting a time use approach, have deserved particular attention in her research and publications.
Among the many studies and projects she has developed in these domains, the following should be mentioned: Agir para a Igualdade (Acting towards Equality), Diálogo Social e Igualdade nas Empresas (Social Dialogue and Equality in Business), Break Even – Igualdade de Género nas Empresas (Break Even – Gender Equality in Business) and Inquérito Nacional aos Usos do Tempo de Homens e de Mulheres (National Survey on Time Use by Men and Women). She has also participated in several national and European networks (such as the EC Network of Experts on the Situation of Women in the Labour Market and the EC LEI – Local Employment Initiatives for Women Network).
She has been assuming the coordination role of the national research team acting as a member of the Network of European Correspondents of the European Observatory of Working Life – EurWORK and of the European Monitoring Centre on Change – EMCC, promoted by Eurofound – European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. She has also coordinated the CESIS’ research team acting as National Focal Point of the FRA – EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.
She was responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of the project EGERA – Effective Gender Equality in Research and in Academia. She has also co-coordinated the technical evaluation of the applications to several editions of the Equality is Quality Award (Prémio Igualdade é Qualidade).
She is a trainer and a teacher in several post-graduate courses focusing on gender equality.
Heloísa is a member of the Management Committee of the Cost Action IS1409: Gender and Health Impacts of Policies Extending Working Life in Western Countries. She is a consultant of the iGen – Fórum Organizações para a Igualdade (Organisations for Equality Forum). She has participated in the development of gender audits and the design of action plans for gender equality in companies and in municipalities. She has cooperated as a gender equality expert with the national equality bodies as well as with other national and European agencies, such as the EIGE – European Institute for Gender Equality.