Summer School Researching Care and Care Policy in Europe: challenges for care resilience in turbulent times

Polytechnic of Milan, 5-7 June, 2024

The Summer School in Researching Care and Care Policy in Europe: challenges for care resilience in turbulent times will take place from June the 5th to June the7th 2024 at Polytechnic of Milan, Italy. The School is organized in collaboration with the Transforming Care Network and it is supported by the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies of the Polytechnic of Milan and LPS, Social Policy Lab of the Polytechnic of Milan. The School is organized by a steering committee composed by: Costanzo Ranci, Giuliana Costa, Emma Garavaglia, Tine Rostgaard, and Stefania Sabatinelli.

During the School, participants will have the opportunity to learn from both senior scholars and their peers, while presenting and discussing their work in panel sessions, improving their understanding of the main issues and challenges for care and care policies in Europe.

The School will include keynote addresses on care across different policy fields, and specifically:

  • Kate Hamblin (University of Sheffield, UK), Digital Technology and Care: Roles, Risks, Realities and Rewards. 
  • Ingela Naumann (University of Fribourg, Switzerland), Family life between choice, compromise and sacrifice: rethinking care regimes from a “lived experiences” perspective
  • Ricardo Rodrigues (University of Lisbon, Portugal), Inequalities and time, inequalities across time – adding a time dimension to the study of inequalities in care

Also, a total of 27 presentations by participants will be discussed in 7 panel sessions focused on:

  • Access to care in old age
  • LTC systems: equity and generosity
  • Work-life balance and the gendered division of care
  • Care workers
  • Care policies and care policy-making
  • The challenges of informal caregiving
  • Innovation in care and in research on care

Overall, 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.

There will be plenty of occasions for participants to network with invited speakers, senior scholars and peers, building valuable connections for their future career.