CARE: challenges and solutions for a sustainable future will be held at

The Cutlers’ Hall, 7-15 Church Street, Sheffield, S1 1HG

Late-breaking poster announcement!

We are now accepting poster abstracts for CARE: challenges and solutions for a sustainable future.

Find out more here

Keynote speaker announced!

We are pleased to announce keynote speaker Professor Joan Tronto who will be addressing the conference on Wednesday 1st April. She will talk about “Ending Wealth-Care:  The Future of Caring Democracy”.

“Wealth-care” is the best description of our current political economy:  the global political economy is primarily structured to protect and nurture wealth.  Describing this system in terms of its values opens up ways to see how a wealth-oriented culture distorts and downplays other forms of care.  The paper argues that in order to create sustainable institutions that allow people to care well for one another and for the natural world, we have to refocus our attention away from caring for wealth (which we do too well) to caring for people and the world.  Only a deeper and more robust account of democratic caring practices can create the kinds of practices and institutions required to rethink responsibility if the pursuit of wealth is no longer hegemonic. The paper compares this approach with models for degrowth, and will describe some concrete yet difficult steps to begin this transformation.

Joan C. Tronto is a professor emerita of political science at the University of Minnesota and at the City University of New York.  She received her BA degree from Oberlin College and her PhD from Princeton University.
Tronto’s research is widely known around the world for her political approach to care ethics.  Starting in the 1980s, Tronto argued that the activities that constitute “care” are important not only for women but for all humans.  She has published over 40 articles, primarily on this subject. She has published two books on this topic, Moral Boundaries:  A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care (1993, Routledge) and Caring Democracy (NYU Press, 2013).  In 2014 she was award an honorary doctorate by the University for Humanistic Studies in the Netherlands and in 2015, she won the Brown Prize for Democracy, which resulted in the publication of a short book, Who Cares: How to Reshape a Democratic Politics (Cornell, 2015).  She is currently at work on a book on care, international political economy and global justice, tentatively titled Ending Wealthcare.  Her work is the subject of a volume published in 2014, Moral Boundaries Redrawn.

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

Key dates

Registration and tickets

Registration is open!

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Early Bird registration is now closed.

Standard (18th January 2020- 20th March 2020)- £330.00
Standard- Sustainable Care partner- £270.00
Standard- PhD also attending pre-conference (details here)- £140.00

The conference fee includes breaks and lunch, conference materials, certification for participation (if required), access to all conference sessions and the conference dinner on Wednesday 1st April at Sheffield Town Hall. Travel costs and accommodation are not included.

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