Spring School: Researching Care and Care Policy in Europe

Polytechnic of Milan (5-7 June, 2024)

We invite PhD students and early career researchers in sociology, political science, social work,  and economics to apply for the Spring School in Researching Care and Care Policy in Europe: challenges for care resilience in turbulent times to be held at Polytechnic of Milan, Italy, from Wednesday 5th June 2024 (h. 14) to Friday 7th June 2024 (h. 14).  

The aim of the Spring School is to provide participants with an understanding of the main issues and challenges for care and care policies in Europe. We aim 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 methological 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.

Speakers include: Emma Garavaglia (Polytechnic of Milan), Kate Hamblin (Sheffield University), Ingela Naumann (University of Fribourg), Costanzo Ranci (Polytechnic of Milan), Ricardo Rodrigues (University of Lisbon), Tine Rostgaard (Roskilde University), and Stefania Sabatinelli (Polytechnic of Milan).


The Spring 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.

Candidates are invited to send their CV, a summary of their research topic (max. 500 words) and a motivation letter to emma.garavaglia@polimi.it, by 13th of February 2024. Successful candidates will be notified within two weeks.

There is no participation fee. Participants will fund their own travel, accommodation and meals. We will organise a welcome aperitivo on Wednesday evening, and provide lunch for Thursday and Friday (packed lunch). Information and advice about affordable accommodation in Milan will be provided upon request.

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