End of life care in the United Kingdom and Japan - intersections in culture, practice and policy
ESRC-AHRC UK-Japan SSH Connections Grants Call Specification
We are grateful to the Economic and Social Research Council, grant number ES/S013865/1 for funding under its UK-Japan Social Science and Humanities Connections scheme. This project will run from January 2019 to September 2020.
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have made available this award to the University of Glasgow as part of the UK-Japan Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Connections grants, aimed at fostering the development of long-term relationships with Japanese researchers in the fields of social sciences, arts and humanities (SSH).
We are grateful to Tetsuya Kishimoto, First Secretary (Health, Labour and Welfare) at the Embassy of Japan in the UK for his interest and support for the work we are undertaking.
Our aim with Mitori is to forge a new research agenda for end of life care in the two countries, with a team that can take it forward, based on mutual learning and a comparative approach. Our project brings together academics using the perspectives of social science, the humanities, and ethics to examine how care of people at the end of life is currently organised in the UK and Japan. We explore how this has been shaped by relevant cultural, demographic, professional and policy factors. Our focus is on how two societies with ageing populations, heavy demand on health and social care systems and changing social expectations about dying, death and bereavement, are responding to the challenges they face.
1. To identify key thematic areas of difference and commonality in end of life issues relating to Japan and the United Kingdom, through three work streams focused on: culture, practice and policy, and paying special attention to the conceptual problems of comparison, providing us with the knowledge to shape a new agenda for social science research on end of life care in the two countries.
2. To facilitate face to face meetings between the participants and also develop an active online and digital forum for the sharing of ideas and the development of collaborative work between team members, enabling us to build capacity for future working.
3. To create an outward facing presence through a website and the active use of social media platforms, thereby building a wider community of interest around the project and establishing robust pathways to impact, helping us to identify key stakeholders to engage as users and co-producers of future research.
Given the nature of our project, our questions are part methodological, and part substantive. They are also closely tied to our stated objectives.
- How do methods, disciplinary perspectives, priority topics and the grouping and organisation of end of life research reflect shared or divergent approaches in the UK and Japan?
- Which areas of end of scholarship and research are most and least developed in the two countries?
- What are the most significant areas (e.g. hospice/palliative care; bereavement; responses to disasters; trajectories of dying; assisted dying) in which a comparative approach between Japanese and UK researchers can develop new insights and approaches?
We are convinced that the questions we pose can only be answered through a multi-disciplinary lens. Our team therefore comprises perspectives from sociology, anthropology, philosophy and ethics, and religious studies. We make use of conceptual frameworks from post-colonial and translation studies, science and technology studies, theories of globalisation and development, feminism and death studies.
Core Team and Collaborators
Our team comprises perspectives from sociology, anthropology, philosophy and ethics, and religious studies. We make use of conceptual frameworks from post-colonial and translation studies, science and technology studies, theories of globalisation and development, feminism and death studies.
We have assembled a core team of eight people, equally divided between the UK and Japan to be responsible for the key tasks of the project and the outputs. Lead by Professor David Clark and Professor Hirobumi Takenouchi, six Early Career Researchers (ECRs) working in pairs (Japan/UK) have taken the lead on the three themes (Culture, Practice and Policy). In addition, we have recruited a group of collaborators from the UK and Japan who will offer advice and commentary on the work.
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