CfP: Commercial actors and care entrepreneurs in elderly care markets (Event, 06/2023, Sheffield); by: 30.01.2023

Panel from Veronika Prieler and Mariusz Sapieha at the 6th Transforming Care Conference (Web)

Time: 26.-28.06.2023
Venue: Sheffield
Proposals due: 30.01.2023

Description of the panel: Formal long-term care services for the elderly used to be provided mainly by public institutions and/or private, often church-related, not-for-profit organisations. Over the last decades, demographic and societal changes have led to rising demand for elderly care. Many countries, however, expanded public services only hesitantly. Instead, cash-for-care schemes were introduced and new (transnational) care markets emerged. Private commercial actors play an important role in these transitions within the elderly care sector. Ranging from large transnational chains to one-person companies they, e.g., run residential care homes, assisted living projects, or home care services, offer specialized nursing care services, recruit care professionals, broker migrant live-in workers or connect people in need of care with care providers, often operating transnationally.
The session invites papers that deal with private commercial actors and their role in developing and providing long-term care services for the elderly. The organizers welcome submissions from researchers of all career stages that address but are not limited to the following questions:

  • Who are these commercial care entrepreneurs? What kind of narratives and aspirations do they mobilize? What links are there to other business sectors such as, e.g., investment, real estate, labor brokerage, or tourism?
  • Which services do they provide and which (new) care solutions do they promote?
  • How do private actors navigate national and supranational care-related policies and regulations? How do they interact with public and not-for-profit actors?
  • What does the implementation of corporate and business logics mean for the elderly care sector, the working conditions, and the way care is experienced?
  • How do regional, class-, or ethnicity-related inequalities come into play and which boundaries are (re-)drawn with regard to accessibility of care services?

Abstract submission is open until 30th January 2023. Abstracts should be submitted via email to and must include: Title of paper; The Thematic Panel you are submitting to Name(s), affiliation(s) and contact details of author(s); Abstract (maximum 250 words)

Please note that if your abstract is accepted you must submit your full paper to the conference by 1st June 2023.

Source: Female-l