Forthcoming Events:

We do not currently have any events planned, but if we do, this is where you will find the details.


We are thinking of starting an academic reading group. Please get in touch – – if you are interested in taking part.

Past Events:

CONFERENCE – Rethinking Deprivation of Liberty: the Health and Social Care Context – 30 September 2015 – London

We were joint organisers of a conference on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and will publish a description of the event soon. DoLS were introduced into England and Wales in 2007 to bridge the so-called “Bournewood gap” identified by the European Court of Human Rights in the case of HL. This decision found that the lack of legal safeguards for incapacitated adults deprived of their liberty in hospitals and care homes was a breach of the ECHR.

In March 2014 the Supreme Court in Cheshire West clarified the definition of deprivation of liberty in the context of health and social care placements. Amongst the direct consequences of this decision is the surge in demand for DoLS assessments that is stretching social and health care bodies and raising concerns regarding the extent to which the DoLS process militates against the delivery of safe and effective care and treatment

Furthermore, a House of Lords Select Committee conducting a post-legislative scrutiny of the Mental Capacity Act found in 2014 that DoLS are not “fit for purpose” and called for them to be replaced.  The Law Commission has been asked to review the law relating to deprivation of liberty, and the provisions of Schedule A1.

The conference bought together leading experts to discuss the problems that confront health and social care practitioners and service users as a result of the current legal framework and evaluate alternative frameworks for authorizing deprivation of liberty based on the experience of other jurisdictions to assist the process of legislative reform in England and Wales.

Venue – Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU


ReValuing Care Research Network

Department of Law at Queen Mary, University of London

International Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law

39 Essex Chambers

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

Speakers included:

Alex Keene – Barrister and Honorary Research Lecturer, University of Manchester

Colin Harper – Deputy Director of the Law Centre in Northern Ireland

Chris Danbury – Honorary Secretary of the Intensive Care Society

Eilionoir Flynn – Senior Lecturer, NUI Galway

Jill Stavert – Reader, Edinburgh Napier University

Laura Dunlop QC – Barrister and former Law Commissioner, Scottish Law Commission

Lucy Series – Researcher, Cardiff University

Neil Allen – Barrister and Lecturer, University of Manchester

Peter Bartlett – Professor, University of Nottingham

Sara Ryan – Senior Research Lead, University of Oxford, and #Justice for LB

Sheila Wildeman – Associate Professor, Dalhousie

Tim Spencer-Lane – Lawyer at the Law Commission of England and Wales responsible for the project to reform the law relating to deprivation of liberty

Walter Boente – Centre of Comparative, European and International Law


Cycles of Care – Friday 28th November 2014 9.30am-5pm

This event was held in the Joseph Rotblat Building, Queen Mary University of London, Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6BQ and drew upon the research of the ReValuing Care Network to consider the possibilities of a new ‘cycles’ approach to care to address how subjects move between and among instances of care-receiving and care-giving over time and space as they generate and value connection with one another through embodied experiences and rights claims. Speakers included: Sue Westwood, Ruth Fletcher, Rosie Harding, Olivia Smith, Marie Fox, Helen Carr, Ann Stewart, Alice Margaria and Abigail Baim-Lance.

Click here for a write up of the event.

The seminar also announced the next phase of the Network as an ongoing collaboration supported by QMUL and the Universities of Birmingham and Surrey, in association with the University of Adelaide.  For more information on this next phase please contact Ruth Fletcher (

Care and Relationality afternoon research workshop – Thursday 5 June 2014, Birmingham Law School.

This afternoon research workshop was hosted by the Centre for Health Law, Science and Policy and the ReValuing Care Network at the University of Birmingham. The event took the view that, increasingly, rather than thinking about care as something that is given by a care-giver and received by a care-recipient, feminist and critical understandings of care are turning to understanding the relational context of care. Speakers included:

Download the Draft Programme and Abstracts.

Revaluing Care Workshop 2: Caring about Social Interconnection, 1-2 September 2013, University of Adelaide, Australia.

Following on from the Resourcing Care workshop at Keele University in September 2012, Caring about Social Interconnection took forward conversations about care from theoretical, conceptual, and empirical perspectives. Papers critically analysed how care has been, and is being, theorised, imagined and practised across a range of contexts in light of the following questions:

  • How can the normative asymmetry of ‘care’ and ‘dependency’ be revalued to support more productive and egalitarian forms of social interconnection? 
  • How do concepts of embodiment, feeling, touch and emotion interact with regulatory and governmental understandings of social interconnectedness?
  • What new perspectives on care, connection and value can be brought to bear through thinking towards future times and spaces?
  • How are academics, activist and advocates able to imagine caring spaces for social connection in the face of austerity measures, the contraction of welfare support and increases in governmental surveillance?

Dowload Program Adelaide 2013 including abstracts.

ReValuing Care Workshop 1: Resourcing Care, 19-20 September 2012, Keele University, UK

Care has been the subject of intense attention within feminist theory and practice for the last three decades. Previous research has cohered around three key themes: the need to value caring and domestic labour in law and society; the utility of a feminist ‘ethics of care’€™; and the limitations of care as a normative and conceptual framework. This workshop for the Revaluing Care Network provided a space to reflect critically on care’s heritage and to consider anew the different ways in which care is a resource in an era characterised by renewed austerity and intensified personal management.

Papers at the workshop critically analysed how care has been, and is being, imagined and practised across a range of contexts in light of the following questions:

  • How has care been valued?
  • How have gender and sexuality perspectives contributed to or limited critical analysis of care?
  • How has care analysis developed an understanding of dependency, responsibility and need and their relationship with contemporary forms of welfare?
  • To what extent have concepts of care contributed to critical interest in embodiment and affect?
  • How has care analysis focused critical attention on the significance of care’s temporal and spatial dynamics?

Programme and Abstracts

Download the Programme (Word doc, 1,215Kb)
Download the Abstracts (Word doc, 1,233Kb)

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