Thematic Panel 3- Digital Technologies and Care in Crisis Contexts: Re-drawing Boundaries

Convenors – Kate Hamblin and Grace Whitfield, University of Sheffield

Care systems globally have been described as being ‘in crisis’ as populations age and the supply of care is outstripped by demand. Technology is one of the tools proposed by policymakers as a means to increase workforce capacity, save costs and create positive outcomes for those receiving care and support. In this panel, we would like to invite paper submissions that critically reflect on the role of digital technologies within care systems, provision, arrangements and relationships at various levels: macro (policy); meso (practice) and micro (lived experience). Contributions should reflect on the conferences core themes, for example by considering: 

Technology and boundaries: how does technology mediate or create boundaries in care arrangements? For example, how does it alter, shape or facilitate care across distances or borders? How does technology create new divisions and boundaries for those receiving or providing care and support? 

Technology and transitions: what role does technology play in transitions in care at various levels- for individuals as they move through the lifecourse, or organisations or providers as they shift their practice to accommodate digital technologies and systems? 

Technology and crisis contexts: what role has technology played in care arrangements during crisis contexts such as the COVID-19 pandemic or in periods of conflict? What crises or challenges could the increased use of digital technologies bring to care? For example, related to regulation, skills and job quality?