The Sustainable Care research team had a strong presence at the UK Social Policy Association’s (SPA) Annual Conference, held between 8th and 10th July at Durham University, and which had the theme Securing the Future: the Challenge for Social Policy. Sustainable Care colleagues, including Early Career Researchers, presented papers, addressing some of the Conference’s key questions from the perspective of the current care crisis: What is the role for policy? How can it be used to reduce, or at least limit, the effects of social injustice? What is the relationship between academic insights and the ‘real world’ of policy-making and implementation? How can the academy make an effective contribution to secure positive change? Are we observers, commentators or activists?

Conference papers presented

Dr Majella Kilkey and Obert Tawodzera’s paper, Care and Wellbeing: the Experiences of migrants ageing at home in diverse places, drew on their research with ageing migrants, conducted as part of the Work Package – Care ‘In’ and ‘Out’ of Place – to analyse ‘ageing in place’ in the context of austerity and inequality between places in England. Camille Allard, working on the topic of Combining work and care – presented a paper ‘Care leave’- do we have time to care? Implications and challenges for implementing care leave in an ageing British society. Dr Agnes Turnpenny, part of the team investigating sustainability challenges in the migrant care workforce, presented findings from a systematic review in her paper Migrant care workers in the UK: an analysis of sustainability of care at home. Finally, Dr Kelly Hall presented a paper, Care in Crisis: Innovation in English Care Markets.

Camille Allard

Dr Agnes Turnpenny

Slide from Dr Kelly Hall’s presentation

Majella Kilkey

Dr Majella Kilkey

Sustainable Care Co-Investigator

Obert Tawodzera

Obert Tawodzera

Sustainable Care PhD Student

Camille Allard

Camille Allard

Sustainable Care PhD student

Agnes Turnpenny

Dr Agnes Turnpenny

Research Associate