PhD Students’ invite to Milan Spring School

Following a competitive selection process, 3 Wise PhD students – Katy Gillespie, Dominic Lo and Carolina Herrera Cano – have been selected to attend and present at the Spring School in Research Care and Care Policy in Europe:  challenges for care resilience in turbulent times.  This will be held at the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy, from Wednesday 5 June to Friday 7 June 2024.

The Spring School will provide participants with an understanding of the main issues and challenges for care and care policies in Europe. The aim is to connect research on care across different policy fields: early childhood education and care, care for adults with disabilities, and long-term care for frail older people. The School will present state-of-the-art research by leading scholars on a range of topics:

  • care inequalities; unequal access to care services; gender, ethnic and socio-economic drivers
  • the new political economy of social care in times of privatization and marketization
  • care policies and social investment: the role of care services to achieve important economic and social outcomes in the future
  • improving working conditions and recruitment strategies of care workers
  • the impact of digitalization and technology change on care systems
  • multilevel governance of care policies
  • territorial and spatial dimensions of care services.

The School will provide participants the opportunity to (i) discuss the main issues and challenges for social care policy in Europe; (ii) evaluate data, measurement and methodological problems concerning research on care policy and care systems; (iii) explore the research strategies best able to capture the main issues and present dynamics in the field.

The School’s format will be a mix of keynote addresses, workshop presentations, hands-on mentoring sessions (both theoretical and methodological) and opportunities for participants to present and discuss one’s own work among them and with the invited experts.


We wish Katy, Dominic and Carolina a successful trip!


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