Professor Sue Yeandle
Sue Yeandle BA (Hons) PhD is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities (CIRCLE) in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. She a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Principal Investigator for the ESRC Centre for Care, and founding Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Care and Caring.
In 2015, Sue brought CIRCLE to the University of Sheffield from the University of Leeds where it had been based since 2006. She was awarded her PhD in 1984 and across her career has studied the relationship between work and care, how social and employment policies affect people’s life course experiences of caring roles and responsibilities, and the role of technology in supporting older and disabled people, carers and their networks. She has wide experience of evaluating the impact of carer support initiatives and specialises in comparative international analysis of care arrangements, leading numerous externally-funded research projects and publishing widely on care, caring, gender and work.
Sue has research connections around the world, throughout Europe and in North America, East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. She was Principal Investigator, ESRC Sustainable Care: Connecting People and Systems programme (2017-21) and Deputy Director, IMPACT (the Health-Foundation/ESRC Adult Social Care Evidence Implementation Centre) from its inception until spring 2022. During her career, Sue has built numerous multidisciplinary research teams in partnership with collaborating universities, industrial partners, government departments, local authorities and charities. She is an experienced PhD supervisor and has helped guide the early careers of many co-researchers and team members.
Sue’s career has included periods at the Universities of Durham, Swansea, Nottingham Trent, Sheffield Hallam and Leeds and as a government researcher. She been an academic visitor at universities in Australia, Canada, Finland, Northern Ireland and New Zealand and is honoured to have worked closely with Carers UK for over 20 years and of her many connections to the carers’ movement around the world. Sue continues to work in close collaboration with a variety of care sector partners to further understanding of contemporary issues in care, and regularly provides evidence and advice on social care and carers to governments and parliamentarians in the UK and internationally.
Research and publications
Sue’s published books include:
Combining Paid Work and Family Care: Policies and Experiences in International Perspective (2013) T Kröger and S Yeandle, Bristol: Policy Press.
Policy for a change: local labour market analysis and gender equality (2009) S Yeandle, Bristol: Policy Press.
Cash for Care in Developed Welfare States (2007) C Ungerson and S Yeandle, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Other recent publications include:
ModernGov article May 2018 (PDF, 847KB)
Work-Care Reconciliation Policy: Legislation in policy context in eight countries (PDF, 944KB), Sue Yeandle with Katherine Wilson and Madeleine Starr, March 2017
2017 ‘Caring More Than Most’ Full Report (PDF, 743KB)
2017 ‘Caring More Than Most Executive Summary (PDF, 472KB)
Eldercare Policies in East Asia and Europe: Mapping Policy Changes and Variations and their Implications (2017) I Peng and S Yeandle, UN Women Discussion Paper Series, No. 19, New York.
Older Workers and Care-giving in England: the Policy Context for Older Workers’ Employment Patterns (2017) S Yeandle and L Buckner, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 32: 303–321.
Researching Telecare: the Importance of Context (2017) K Hamblin, G Fry and S Yeandle, Journal of Enabling Technologies, 11 (3): 75–84.
Care and Caring: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Societal Issue of Global Significance (2017) S Yeandle, Y-C Chou, M Fine, M Larkin & A Milne (2017), International Journal of Care and Caring, 1 (1): 3–26.
Carers and Social Inclusion (2016) P Hill, B Cass, S Green, S Yeandle, C Thomson, M Raven, M Wong & L Buckner, Sydney: Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Australia.
Keeping in Touch with Technology: Using Telecare and Assistive Technology to Support Older People with Dual Sensory Impairment (2016) K Hamblin, E-R Koivunen & S Yeandle, Sheffield: University of Sheffield
From Provider to Enabler of Care? Reconfiguring local authority support for older people and carers in Leeds, 2008-2013 (2016) S Yeandle, Journal of Social Service Research, 42 (2), 218–232.
Caring for our Carers: an International Perspective on Policy Developments in the UK (2016) S Yeandle, Juncture, 23 (1): 57–62.
On Tuesday 22nd October 2019, Sue participated in a panel discussion held by the Social Market Foundation (SMF), supported by the Economic and Social Research Council- ‘Ask the Expert: How do we better support the UK’s older carers?’
Sue was also invited to participate on the SMF’s podcast after the event, choose a platform below to listen: