Caring Forward: the global care economy and its future

Hosted by The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme, based at the International Inequalities Institute

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, United Kingdom


Ai-jen Poo

Ai-jen Poo


Professor Beverley Skeggs

Professor Beverley Skeggs

Acclaimed US labour organiser Ai-jen Poo will speak on the global care economy and offer a vision for its future.

We have a complex relationship with care work. It sustains us and our entire global economy, but we often forget to consider who provides care and at what cost. Community organising, local and global campaigns, and efforts led by researchers, creatives and international organisations are focusing increasing attention on the alarming inequalities (re)produced by the global care economy. How can we challenge the conditions of precarity experienced by so many care workers around the world? How can we care forward together?

Care work is “the work that makes all other work possible”, Ai-jen Poo reminds us. As the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign, she is driving transformative change on a global scale in the way we value care work. In a conversation chaired by Professor Beverley Skeggs, Ai-jen will situate care within the global debate on inequalities and voice a vision for a more equitable care economy and future of work. The conversation will spark inspiration for pathways to imagine and bring about a different care economy in the future as well as awareness of tools and approaches to achieve transformative solidarity today.

Ai-jen Poo (@aijenpoo) is the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-Director of the Caring Across Generations campaign. She is an award-winning organiser, thought leader and social innovator and a leading voice in the future of work and family care solutions. Ai-jen is a 2014 MacArthur “genius” Fellow and a TIME 100 alumna. She is author of The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America.

Bev Skeggs (@bevskeggs) is Professor of Sociology and former Academic Director of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics. She convenes a care research collective at the III.

The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme is one of seven Atlantic Fellowships around the world, committed to building a global community of leaders working together to advance equity, justice and human dignity.

The International Inequalities Institute (@LSEInequalities) at LSE brings together experts from many LSE departments and centres to lead cutting-edge research focused on understanding why inequalities are escalating in numerous arenas across the world, and to develop critical tools to address these challenges.

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