Date and Time

8th March 2022



Speakers and Artists
  • Dharmi Kapadia
  • Dzifa Afonu

How can we make sense of the concept of ‘care’ in today’s political and economic landscape? After twelve years of austerity, large scale public funding cuts to education, state support for low-income communities, and essential healthcare services have all led to a crisis of care – a crisis thrown into sharp relief by the Covid-19 pandemic and the structural inequalities it continues to amplify. 

In this event, Dharmi Kapadia who led on the recent NHS Race and Health Observatory Report on ethnic inequalities in healthcare, and Dzifa Afonu, artist and clinical psychologist, will reflect on the concept of care in relation to austerity, institutional inequalities, and the ways communities have built and are building networks of care in response. 

‘#ReconstructionWork: The Politics of Care’ is produced in partnership with the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE).

Supported by Arts Council England.

This event will take place online.

Live closed captions will be provided. 

Read more about the #ReconstructionWork project and watch all previous conversations here.

About CoDE

The Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) is an ESRC funded research centre providing theoretically informed, empirically grounded and policy-relevant research on ethnic inequalities in the UK. They bring together expertise from a range of disciplines including sociology, demography, economics, history, geography, political science, cultural studies and seek to communicate their research to a wide range of audiences.

CoDE has recently launched EVENS – Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS). This is the UK’s first and largest survey of its kind to document the impact of Covid-19, and the lockdowns, on 17,000 ethnic and religious minority people.

Speakers and Artists

Dharmi Kapadia

Dr Dharmi Kapadia is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University of Manchester and amember of theESRC Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE). Her research focusses on racism, health, mental health and older people. She is Co-Investigator of the Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS), Britain’s largest survey of ethnic and religious minority people and Co-Investigator of the’Ethnic Inequalities in Later Life’project funded by The Nuffield Foundation. She also co-leads the CoDE Early Career Race Network which provides support and mentoring to PhD students and early career researchers.

Dzifa Afonu

Dzifa describes themselves as a seeker, dreamer and creative spirit. A clinical psychologist by training, they bring a decolonising and deconstructing energy to the field of mental health and wellbeing. They are also a self-taught artist fascinated with the art of every day life, the creative nature of the human mind, and communication through image, colour and metaphor.

They are dedicated to supporting those in frontline work with marginalised people. With over 20 years of experience in activism and 10 years experience working in the NHS, they bring a personal insight into the possibilities, limitations and places for growth in both institutional and grassroots organising systems.

Their work explores ways we can bridge the gaps between work and play, and grapples with finding new ways of building community and supporting leadership that challenges grind/burnout culture and creates opportunities for real freedom.