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Isabel Shutes

London School of Economics and Political Science

Isabel Shutes

Isabel Shutes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research examines the intersections of international migration and long-term care systems, the inequalities of care work and provision, international recruitment in long-term care, alongside wider research interests in migration and social policy. She currently holds a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for research on the integration of care workers in labour migration systems.


Countries International; UK;
Topics Care economy; Care inequalities; Care work and migration; Ethics and care; Gender and care; LTC Policy; LTC Systems; LTC Workforce; Rights and people’s voices in LTC systems;
Methods Case studies; Comparative policy analysis; Mixed methods; Policy analysis; Qualitative studies; Theory and frameworks;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Migration Mobility and Care Workers;
Key publications

Bruzelius, C., Shutes, I. (2022) “Towards an Understanding of Mobility in Social Policy Research”, Global Social Policy, 22: 3, 503-520.

Shutes I. (2021) “Gender, Migration and the Inequalities of Care” in Mora C, Piper, N. (eds.) The Handbook of Gender and Migration, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Shutes, I., Walker, S. (2018) “Gender and Free Movement: EU Migrant Women’s Access to Residence and Social Rights in the UK”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 44: 1, 137-153.

Shutes, I. (2016) “Work-related Conditionality and the Access to Social Benefits of National Citizens, EU and Non-EU Citizens”, Journal of Social Policy 45: 4, 691-707

Anderson, B., Shutes, I. (eds) (2014) Migration and Care Labour: Theory, Policy and Politics, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Walsh, K., Shutes, I. (2013) “Care Relationships, Quality of Care and Migrant Workers Caring for Older People”, Ageing and Society, 33: 3, 393-420.

Shutes, I. (2012) “The Employment of Migrant Workers in Long-Term Care: Dynamics of Choice and Control”, Journal of Social Policy, 41: 1, 43-59.

Shutes, I., Chiatti, C. (2012) “Migrant Labour and the Marketisation of Care for Older People: the Employment of Migrant Care Workers by Families and Service Providers”, Journal of European Social Policy, 22: 4, 392-405.

Shutes, I., Walsh, K. (2012) “Negotiating User Preferences, Discrimination and Demand for Migrant Labour in Long-Term Care”, Social Politics, 19: 1, 78-104.

Cangiano, A., Shutes, I. (2010) “Ageing, Demand for Care and the Role of Migrant Care Workers in the UK”, Journal of Population Ageing, 3: 1-2, 39-57.

Cangiano, A., Shutes, I., Spencer, S., Leeson, G. (2009) Migrant Care Workers in Ageing Societies, Oxford: Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford.