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Age, Care and the Caring Crisis Working Group

So many parts of the world are facing a care crisis. In response, our cross-disciplinary, cross-institutional working group has come together to explore how people at all life stages engage in care ‘systems’ as both givers and receivers of care.

How, we ask, are these systems and the relationships within them affected by ever-shifting socio-economic, cultural and political change? Unpicking this question in both a historical and an international context, we examine the impact on care of issues such as population ageing, rights to well-being, rising female employment, economic precarity, environmental conditions, conflict, declining state provision, and the commercialisation of care.

Between 2021and 2024, we will engage with academics, practitioners, activists and people with lived experiences of care. Through workshops and public events, we will explore the relationship between age and care with two aims in mind: first, to undertake a critical interrogation of concepts of age and care; and second, to begin the process of reimagining the meanings of age, care and caring.


  • Kerry Harman, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Louise Hide, Wellcome Trust Fellow in Medical Humanities and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, School of Historical Studies, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Judith Lieber, Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Penny Vera-Sanso, Honorary Research Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Julie Vullnetari, Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Southampton
  • Janet Weston, Assistant Professor, Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


Events organised by the Age, Care and the Caring Crisis Working Group are included in the BISR events programme.


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