Conference update

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.


We are pleased to announce our draft conference schedule (subject to change)!

Please take a look at the talks planned for our conference. Sessions will be pre-recorded and released during the conference weeks, from 12th – 30th April.

We are currently looking for volunteers to act as discussants for each session. This would involve reading slides or papers (if available) before the recording, then introducing and leading the discussion section of each session, planned to be approximately 45 minutes.

If you are interested in being a discussant for one or more sessions, please email Kelly Davidge by Monday 11th January 2021.

Discussants will need to be registered attendees to the conference.

Late breaking poster call

Find out more here

Conference prices

We are in touch with delegates to refund the difference between the original costs paid, and the new costs. Please email if you are expecting a refund, and have not received one.

The prices to attend the online conference are below. Click here to register your place.

Standard £115.00
Standard- Sustainable Care partner £94.00
Standard- PhD also attending pre-conference £49.00

For further information, please contact the Sustainable Care Programme Manager, Dr Kelly Davidge

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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