Conference update

We were hoping to be able to reschedule the conference for later in 2020, but have taken the decision instead to run the conference fully online in 2021

CARE: challenges and solutions for a sustainable future will now take place over a 3-week period from 12th April 2021 until 30th April 2021. We plan to release new content on a daily basis during the event, which will be accessible to all registered attendees to watch on demand. You will be able to submit questions to presenters and watch their answers in Q&A sessions planned for the end of each week, in podcasts (released online in the following months) or via an online forum (details of this coming soon).

Each week, we will also run live events such as our keynote speeches and panels, all recorded for later on demand viewing.

Please be assured that this is not a 3-week conference! Rather, we are designing the programme to engage all of our international attendees, in many different time zones.

Already presenting or attending?

If you had a conference paper or poster accepted and have already registered for the conference, we would like to invite you to review your abstract and confirm whether you are interested in attending the online conference using this form.
Please do so by Friday 16th October 2020. Note that we will accept updates to your abstract only. It is also possible for you to withdraw your abstract for a full refund; if you would like to do this, please indicate in the comments box in the form linked above.

If you registered but were not due to present a paper, please look out for further communications in October.

We originally planned this as an in-person conference, which the registration fees reflected. In light of the move to an online conference, which involves significant, but different costs, there will still be a fee for attendees. We are reviewing the price and will be in touch soon with more information.

New papers

We can also accept up to 20 new papers specifically focused on ‘Care in the context of COVID-19’. If you would like to submit an abstract on this specific topic, please do so using this form by 15th November 2020. We will let authors know if their paper is accepted by 15th December 2020.

Late breaking poster call

We will be opening a late breaking poster call later in 2020.

Many thanks for your patience, and we hope to see you (virtually!) in April 2021. 

For further information, please contact the Sustainable Care Programme Manager, Dr Kelly Davidge k.s.davidge@sheffield.ac.uk.

About the conference

Around the world, arrangements for the care of people who need help to manage daily life are evolving. Care is needed ‘at home’ and ‘across continents’; it must meet the needs of individuals and of families and communities; it must be possible alongside paid work and connect with health services. It can occur at any life stage, is of incalculable value, yet comes at no small cost; its consequences for families and social relations truly matter.

Changing families, longer lives and shifting economic and policy contexts lie behind this evolution. Yet today, care arrangements are not sustainable; too often they fail to deliver wellbeing. Forms of care work are diversifying, yet care remains low status work. Users offered ‘choice’ face rationed services. Public systems are under strain, market actors struggle and the role of technologies remains unclear.

Organised by the Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems team based in the UK, this conference offers a space for critical analysis, constructive debate and forward thinking. It will provide ‘food for thought’ and a guide to action for researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and all who consider decent care a vital issue of our time. We hope you will join us.

Professor Sue Yeandle, University of Sheffield

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