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Investing in Care? Private Finance and Social Infrastructures

When Dec 31, 2020
from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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Social care is often seen as a drain on the economy, subject to a sustained crisis, which has been exacerbated by the covid-19 pandemic. Yet in the UK and internationally these services have attracted huge investor interest over the last two decades – from private equity firms and real estate funds to impact investors. In this event, we’ll explore:

- Why has private finance come to play such a significant role in care homes, home care and related efforts to achieve social impact?

- What does this mean for the many people working in care and all of us who rely on these services?

- What alternative approaches could we promote that might address the inequalities of the current ‘financialised’ system?


This event is co-hosted by UCL Geography and the LSE International Inequalities Institute's 'Global Economies of Care' research theme.


  • Emma Dowling is a sociologist at the University of Vienna and author of The Care Crisis: What Caused It and How Can We End It? (Verso 2021)
  • Amy Horton is an economic geographer at UCL and co-investigator on the project, 'Understanding the financial impact of COVID-19 on the UK care home sector - implications for businesses and the workforce'
  • Discussant: Bev Skeggs is a distinguished professor of sociology at the University of Lancaster
  • Chair: Alpa Shah, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Convenor of International Inequalities Institute ‘Global Economies of Care’ Research Theme at LSE.

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