Caleb Johnston

Automating Care

Rather than a spatial fix of relocating dementia care to the global south, this current research examines how automation and robotisation is being implemented and imagined as a salve to a systemic labour shortage of care workers in the global north.

Through expert interviews with roboticists, tech companies, and local government providers of social care in the UK, the work seeks to better understand the political economy of new robot technologies, how digitization is driving the financialization of our health care data, and how automation is radically reconfiguring existing care practices and possibly reinforcing gendered and racialized care labour.

This work is the subject of publication:

Robots and care of the aging private self. (under review) Environment and Planning A.

Katz, C., Johnston, C. and G Pratt. (In press). In the wake of the pandemic, reworking the labors of care: A conversation between Cindi Katz, Caleb Johnston and Geraldine Pratt. In Working Future, edited by D Eisenburg and E Rothenberg. University of Chicago Press.