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Podcast- Undervaluing the Work of Care

Text: CARE MATTERS PODCAST, 'Undervaluing the Work of Care' with guests Professor Nancy Folbre, Dr Naomi Lightman and Professor Shereen Hussein, hosted by Dr Duncan Fisher

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About this episode

We are delighted to welcome three esteemed guests to Care Matters; Nancy Folbre, Naomi Lightman and Shereen Hussein. In this episode, hosted by Duncan Fisher, our guests discuss the devaluation and underpayment of care work.

Drawing on experiences from the USA, Canada and the UK, they consider the challenges of assigning value to care, emphasising social, cultural and intergenerational dimensions.

Useful links mentioned in this episode

Nancy Folbre’s ‘Care Talk’ blog on the Revaluing Care website:

“Working More and Making Less: Post-Retirement Aged Immigrant Women Care Workers in Canada” Journal of Aging and Social Policy. Naomi Lightman and Hamid Akbary.

Lightman, Naomi., Evehe B., M. and Baay, C. “More than ‘Just a Health-Care Aide’: Immigrant Women Speak About the COVID-19 Crisis in Long-Term Care.” Edmonton: Parkland Institute.

About our guests

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Professor Nancy Folbre

Nancy Folbre is Professor Emerita of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research explores the interface between political economy and feminist theory, with a particular emphasis on the value of unpaid care work.

Her current writing on the political economy of care provision can be seen on her blog, Care Talk

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Dr Naomi Lightman

Naomi Lightman is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Toronto Metropolitan University. Her areas of research expertise include care work, migration, gender, and critical research methodology.

She is co-author of the second edition of the textbook Social Policy in Canada. Her academic work has been widely published and she regularly collaborates with social agencies and government bodies.

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Professor Shereen Hussein

Shereen Hussein leads the Care Workforce Change Research Group for the Centre for Care. Shereen is a Professor of Health and Social Care Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

She is an established multi-disciplinary research leader with extensive social care and health research experience working primarily with policymakers in the UK and internationally. Her background is in medical demography, statistics and computer science.

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Dr Duncan Fisher

In the Centre for Care, Duncan works with Dr Liam Foster in the Care Workforce Change research group. They are currently researching care workers’ organising activities, including their role in trade unions, campaign groups and community organising. This piece introduces the study.

The CARE MATTERS Podcast is produced by Dan Williamson at the Centre for Care.

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