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Javiera Cartagena-Farias

Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

Javiera Cartagena-Farias

Javiera is a Research Fellow at the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Over the years, she has worked across a spectrum of policy areas using several micro-econometrics techniques and policy-evaluation methodologies. Her research at focuses on inequalities in health and social care, the evaluation of long-term care services and health and social care integration strategies, as well as the role played by housing conditions and the development of care needs.

As part of the Models of Support for Moderate needs in Older People project (MSMOP), she is currently analysing local authority records to gather critical new evidence about how best to support older people with low and moderate social care needs. She is also involved in a project aiming to gain a better understanding of the relationship between housing and care needs (Care and Place project) and in a study looking at the evaluation of the hospital discharge policy and discharge to assess (D2A) approach among London Councils. Her research often employs underused administrative data to help to gain a better understanding of the social care system in England.


Countries England (UK); UK;
Topics Care inequalities; Care integration/ coordination; Community-based LTC; COVID-19 and other infectious diseases and LTC; Data catalogues; Economics of LTC; Evaluation of LTC systems and services; Housing and care; Information and data systems in LTC; Local care ecosystems; LTC Systems; New models of care; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Causal inference in Long-Term Care; Other; Quantitative data analysis; Quasi-experimental methods; Trials and other evaluations;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Care home markets and regulation; Data Science; Economics of Long-Term Care; Employment Education and Family carers; Long-Term Care Policy; Quasi-experimental methods;
Research interests

Research areas: Long-term care services delivery, Integration between health and social care services, Poverty & Deprivation, Geographical inequalities, Housing quality.

Methods: Quasi-experimental methods, micro-econometrics techniques, manipulation and analysis of administrative records, and quantitative analysis.

Key publications

Cartagena Farias, J., Brimblecombe, N., and Hu, B. (2023) Early onset of care needs in the older population: The protective role of housing conditions. Health & place, 81, 103007.

Brimblecombe N, Cartagena Farias J. Inequalities in unpaid carer’s health, employment status and social isolation (2022) Health Soc Care Community. Nov;30(6): e6564-e6576. Epub 2022 Nov 12.

Stevens, M., Cartagena Farias, J., Mindel, Ch., D’Amico, F., and Evans-Lacko, S., (2022) Pilot evaluation to assess the effectiveness of youth peer community support via the Kooth online mental wellbeing website. BMC Public Health 22, 1903.

Hu, B., Cartagena Farias, J. & Brimblecombe, N. (2022) Functional disability and utilisation of long-term care in the older population in England: a dual trajectory analysis. Eur J Ageing 19, pp. 1363–1373.

Cartagena Farias, J. and Brimblecombe, N., (2022) Understanding health trajectories among unpaid carers in the United Kingdom. Journal of Long-Term Care, pp.102-113.

Brimblecombe, N., Knapp, M., King, D. Stevens, M., and Cartagena Farias, J. (2020) The high cost of unpaid care by young people: health and economic impacts of providing unpaid care. BMC Public 20, 1115.