Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Amsterdam Research Institute for Societal Innovation

Diversity and Informal Care


Since 2012, the research group Community Care is working on a project called Diversity and Informal Care. This project refers to and describes the possible differences between several groups of people with regard to giving and receiving informal care and the consequences of these differences on desires and expectations with respect to formal care. The project contains different smaller research projects. First, we conducted a descriptive quantitative research on the differences with regard to giving and receiving informal care between several groups. In the summer of 2013, a survey was held among informal caregivers and care volunteers who were living in or around Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands. Next, we conducted several projects which include qualitative research as well, in order to enlarge our understanding of the backgrounds and consequences of the differences between several groups of people who give or receive informal care.

The project resulted in the startup of a PhD study on renewed care responsibilities in 2016. Due to the shift from welfare state towards a ‘participation society’ the pressure on informal carers increases. More responsibility will be demanded of them. It is unknown what informal carers themselves think about the division of responsibilities between citizens, public authorities and professionals. This PhD study describes and analyzes the views of informal carers on this division of responsibilities and how these views influence the idea informal carers have on cooperating with professionals. To this end, explanatory (quantitative) analysis will be conducted, as well as in-depth research (qualitative). The aim is to develop leverage points for the equipment of professionals, so that they can (better) cooperate and interact with informal caregivers.

The Diversity and Informal Care project was initiated by the research group Community Care. Since 2015, the project is a part of the cross-faculty Urban Vitality research program, one of the main research themes of the AUAS. The aim of the Urban Vitality research program is to contribute to a city where people live healthy, care for each other and are able to (independently) participate in society. In order to achieve cross-faculty collaboration, the research group Occupational Therapy is involved in the Diversity and Informal Care project. Within that research group a similar PhD study is conducted, focusing on the role of diversity in the collaboration between healthcare professionals and migrant caregivers of clients with acquired brain injury.

Published by  ARISI 25 January 2017

Project Info

Start date 01 Jan 2012
End date 01 Jan 2019