ESRC Centre for Care

The Centre for Care is an ESRC Research Centre addressing pressures and inequities in how children, young people and adults experience social care.

Centre for Care news

The Centre for Care website is now live! Visit
22 September 2022

New Centre for Care announcement: New £10 million funding award for CIRCLE
30 November 2021

Professor Sue Yeandle, Director, Centre for Care

“The Centre for Care will be a pivotal hub for researchers and practitioners across the social care sector. Based in Sheffield, it will develop new evidence on providing and delivering the care needed by people of all ages who need support in daily life.

“Care is integral to living well throughout life. The unpaid care provided daily by millions of families and friends; the services provided in people’s homes, neighbourhoods and communities; and the support offered in residential settings for people with complex needs are all within the new Centre’s remit. It is vital that we understand how our society’s arrangements for care can provide the best support possible to all who need it as they negotiate changes and challenges in their lives.”

Economic and Social Research Council
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Video introduction to the Centre for Care

The University of Sheffield will lead a collaboration of five universities, high profile care sector partners and international research teams in this new Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) research centre. The centre will provide an extensive array of evidence to address pressures and inequities in how people experience social care across the life course.

The prestigious award is part of the ESRC’s programme of six new research centres that can deliver real societal and economic impact, and provide robust research evidence to support government and decision-making. ESRC’s award for the Centre for Care includes £1.5 million provided through its partnership with the National Institute for Health Research. In its first five years, the collaborating universities will also jointly contribute an additional £1.2 million to the new centre.


The collaboration includes the Universities of Birmingham, Kent and Oxford, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Office for National Statistics, and charities Carers UK, the National Children’s Bureau and the Social Care Institute for Excellence. They will work together with academics, sector partners, agencies, public policy experts and people who need or provide care across the UK and internationally.

The team and the research

Watch some of our team members introduce themselves and their research.

Centre for Care Advisory Board

Watch our Advisory Board Chair Rob Anderson introduce himself and the role of the board.

Contact us

For more information about the Centre for Care, email the Centre Manager, Dr Kelly Davidge:, or email CIRCLE: For more updates:

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