Care and wellbeing: tensions, trade-offs and transformations
The University of Sheffield, 31st March 2020

This is a full-day pre-conference workshop for PhD and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) with an interest in care, as part of the Sustainable Care International Conference (CARE: Challenges and Solutions for a Sustainable Future) being held at the University of Sheffield on 1-2 April 2020.

Registration for this workshop is now closed, successful applicants will be notified by 15th December 2019


Dr Matt Withers, Macquarie University-
Dr Yanan Zhang, Birmingham University-


The pre-conference workshop aims to offer PhD students and ECRs (up to five years post-PhD or equivalent) an opportunity to present current research aligned with the Sustainable Care programme, receive feedback and suggestions from their peers and mentors from the Sustainable Care team, and gain practical advice on how to pitch and disseminate their research (full details TBA).

Participants will be asked to:

  • Register to present their work at one of three sessions covering broad research themes associated with the Sustainable Care programme (care and technology; costing and valuing care; care workers and care recipients)
  • Develop a one-page research poster (copy submitted in advance) that summarises their research, to be used in the workshop and shared at the Sustainable Care conference (a template will be provided, to be completed in advance of the workshop)
  • Prepare a five-minute presentation based on their research poster
  • Confirm attendance for the Sustainable Care conference on 1-2 April 2020

The day will be structured around four sessions: an overview of the Sustainable Care programme given by senior colleagues and research team leaders, followed by three sequential sessions to present and discuss participants’ research. Each research session will be co-chaired by a senior Sustainable Care academic and an ECR scholar: the ECR co-chair will give a short introduction to the research theme, and both chairs will contribute comments and facilitate discussion. Individual academic mentoring will be offered during the week of these events. Each research session will run for 1.5 hours with time split evenly between research presentations (30 min), chair feedback (30 min) and peer discussion (30 min).

Draft programme

Session One
Overview of the Sustainable Care programme from Principal Investigator, Professor Sue Yeandle and Co-Investigators
Session Two
Research presentations: care and technology
Session Three
Research presentations: costing and valuing care
Session Four
Research presentations: care workers and care recipients

Post-conference session

There will also be an informal half-day session held after the Sustainable Care conference, on April 3rd, to reflect on themes addressed over the previous days and network with peers. Attendance is optional, but we strongly encourage you to come along. Full details TBA.

For ECRs accepted onto the pre-conference workshop and attending the main conference, we are able to cover one night’s accommodation; details will be released in early December.
We are also able to offer a small number of bursaries if you are a PhD student and attending both events. For further information, please contact the Sustainable Care Programme Manager, Dr Kelly Davidge

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