CIRCLE Director Professor Sue Yeandle is visited Massey University, New Zealand in February 2020 as guest of the Health and Ageing Research Team (HART) and Professor Fiona Alpass in Massey’s Faculty of Social Sciences.

During her visit, Sue gave two talks.

CIRCLE Director, Professor Sue Yeandle

Sustainable Care: researching care systems, work and relationships. The UK in international perspective

Wednesday 12th February
Massey University Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa

This presentation outlines the Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems programme based at the University of Sheffield under the leadership of Professor Sue Yeandle, and funded 2017-2021 by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. It highlights progress and challenges in operationalising this ambitious programme of work, and shares some of the programme’s initial findings and indications of its early impact. The programme is designed to fill gaps in knowledge about care and caring in the UK, to learn from experience and knowledge on related topics generated in other parts of the world, and to build capacity for future research, with potential for policy impact, within the UK.

Social Care in Transition in England

Thursday 13th February
Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka

Sue dicussed the origins and characteristics of the contemporary care crisis in England.

Paradoxically, this crisis has emerged amid policies ostensibly centred on the support needs of individuals and a focus on their wellbeing in relevant legislation. Professor Yeandle looked at the marketisation of adult social care services in England, and discussed the uneven impact and consequences of care sector activism. She argued that there are both positive and negative lessons to learn from experiences in England, and discussed these with stakeholders and experts in the New Zealand context.

During her visit, Sue also met with the HART team to discuss their work on the project Maximising workforce participation for older New Zealanders: Opportunities, Challenges and Prospects (funded 2017-22 by New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment), and the new data on carers aged 55+ the team are collecting in the long-running New Zealand Health Work and Retirement study.

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