CIRCLE’s flagship programme is Sustainable Care: Connecting People and Systems. The Sustainable Care Research Programme is a multi-disciplinary ESRC-funded programme (2017-2021) exploring how care arrangements, currently ‘in crisis’ in parts of the UK, can be made sustainable and deliver wellbeing outcomes. It aims to support policy and practice actors and scholars to conceptualise sustainability in care as an issue of rights, values, ethics and justice, as well as of resource distribution.

The programme’s overarching objective is to advance understanding of sources of economic and social sustainability in care, especially how wellbeing outcomes can be achieved for care users, their families and carers and paid care workers.

Led by Professor Sue Yeandle, bringing together academics from seven universities, and working with an extended network of international academic partners in fifteen other countries, the programme takes a future-oriented and internationally comparative look at current approaches to the care needs of adults living at home with chronic health problems or disabilities, examining these in the context of care systems, care work and care relationships.

Follow the links below to learn more about the Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems programme:

Care Systems

What features of care systems contribute to sustainability and wellbeing for users and providers of care?

Care Work and Relationships

What contributes to sustainability and wellbeing in care relationships and the co-ordination and work of care?

Care: Sustainability and Wellbeing

A conceptual and analytical framework for policy and practice in care and caring.

Sustainable Care Advisory Board