The Labour of Care: work, law, and finance

Hosted by the International Inequalities Institute

The Venue, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, LSE, United Kingdom


Dr Lydia Hayes

Dr Lydia Hayes

Lecturer in Law, Cardiff University

Kevin Lucas

UNISON North West

Dr Insa Koch

Dr Insa Koch

Assistant Professor of Law, LSE

Professor Nicola Lacey

Professor Nicola Lacey

School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy


Bev Skeggs

Bev Skeggs

Academic Director, Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity, III

If a society is judged on its ability to care for those who need support, what does it mean to turn caring into profit?

Caring is one of the most pressing concerns for anyone who is a parent, ageing, less able, and/or looking after anyone who needs support, yet it is often taken for granted as an activity. This event will focus the consequences for care when the most basic human/e pursuit has been turned into a “for profit” activity. What happens when a basic social emotion is monetised? What does this mean for the future of humanity?

To celebrate May Day the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity, based at the International Inequalities Institute, will explore how the Labour of Care - the often-ignored activity of caring for another person and it’s future role in social, political, and economic life.



Dr Lydia Hayes is a lecturer in law at Cardiff University and specialist in minimum labour standards; their formulation, enforcement and violation.

Dr Insa Koch is Assistant Professor of Law at LSE. Dr Koch is interested to bring anthropology into dialogue with criminology, legal theory and socio-legal studies.

Professor Nicola Lacey is School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy.
Nicola's research is in criminal law and criminal justice, with a particular focus on comparative and historical scholarship.

Kevin Lucas is Regional Manager, UNISON North West, runs the Care Workers Campaign.

Prof Bev Skeggs (chair) is Director of the Atlantic Fellows Programme at the LSE. She began her academic career researching care education and training in “Formations of Class and Gender”. 

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