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Kate Hamblin

University of Sheffield

Kate Hamblin

Kate Hamblin is Professor of Social Policy at the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities, University of Sheffield. She leads the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Centre for Care and its Digital Care research theme and is a member of the leadership team for the ESRC and Health Foundation- funded Improving Adult Care Together (IMPACT) Implementation Centre. She joined the University of Sheffield in 2018 to work on the ESRC- funded Sustainable Care programme.


Countries UK;
Topics Ageing in place; Artificial Intelligence; Attitudes and Expectations about Long-Term Care; Autonomy; Care Homes; Care innovations; Care outcomes; Ethics and care; New models of care; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Co-production methods; Comparative policy analysis; Critical Discourse Analysis; Ethnography; Longitudinal data analysis; Policy analysis; Qualitative studies; Research ethics;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Care home markets and regulation; Long-Term Care Policy; Technology and Long-Term Care;
Research interests

Her research has focused on technology and its role in the care of older people with complex needs as well as issues related to employment, including the balance between unpaid care and paid work; self- employment and ageing;
and ‘active ageing’ employment and pension policies.

Key publications
  • Whitfield, G., Hamblin, K. and Wright, J. (2024). AI in Care: a solution to the ‘care crisis’ in England? in Paul, R.; Carmel, E. and Cobbe, J. (eds.). Handbook on Public Policy and Artificial Intelligence, Cheltenham Spa: Edward Elgar.
  • Hamblin, K.; Heyes, J. and Fast, J. (eds.) (2024). Combining Work and Care: Care Leave and Related Employment Policies in International Context, Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Hamblin, K. and Lariviere, M. (eds.) (2023). Care Technologies for Ageing Societies: An International Comparison of Care Systems, Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Burns, D., Hamblin, K., Fisher, D. U., & Goodlad, C. (2023). Is it time for job quality? Conceptualising temporal arrangements in new models of homecare. Sociology of Health & Illness, 45:1541–1559..
  • Hamblin, K., Burns, D., & Goodlad, C. (2023). Technology and homecare in the UK: Policy, storylines and practice. Journal of Social Policy, 1-17.
  • Burns, D.; Goodlad, C.; Hamblin, K. and Zimpel-Leal, K. (2022) Innovation in the UK Independent Homecare Sector: A thematic narrative review, Health and Social Care in the Community, 30 (6).
  • Hamblin, K. (2022). Sustainable Social Care: The Potential of Mainstream “Smart” Technologies. Sustainability, Special Issue: ‘Sustainability of Care for Older People in Ageing Societies’, 14 (5): 2754.
  • Hamblin, K. A. (2022). Technology in care systems: Displacing, reshaping, reinstating or degrading roles?. New Technology, Work and Employment, 37(1), 41-58.
  • Hamblin, K. (2021). Older People, in Alcock, P.; Haux, T.; McCall, V. and May, M. (eds.) The Students Companion to Social Policy, 6th edition, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Hamblin, K. (2020). Technology and Social Care in a Digital World: Challenges and Opportunities in the UK. Journal of Enabling Technologies, 14 (2), 115-125.
  • Hall, P.; Needham, C. and Hamblin, K. (2020). Social Care in Ellison, N. and Haux, T. (eds). Handbook of Society and Social Policy: Social Care, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Hamblin, K., Yeandle, S., & Fry, G. (2017). Researching telecare: the importance of context. Journal of Enabling Technologies, 11(3), 75-84.
  • Hamblin, K. (2017) Telecare, obtrusiveness, acceptance and use: an empirical exploration, British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol. 80(2) 132–138.
  • Hamblin, K. (2016). Older People, in Alcock, P.; May, M.; Haux, T. and Wright, S. (eds.) The Students Companion to Social Policy, 5th edition, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Harper, S. and Hamblin, K. (eds.) (2014). International Handbook of Ageing and Public Policy, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Hamblin, K. (2013). Active ageing in the European Union: Policy convergence and divergence. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.