- PhD student
- Monday 2 Oct 2023, 16:00 - 18:00
- PhD defence
- Spoken Language
- Aula B and livestream
- International Institute of Social Studies
On 2 October 2023, Constance Liliane Patterson Dupuis will defend her thesis on the complex intersection of aging, care, and environmental wellbeing in later life.
She challenges dominant assumptions and power dynamics in the field of aging studies. It opens a dialogue between aging studies, critical gerontology, feminist political ecology, and decolonial feminisms. This work explores the intersection of care for older adults and care for nature, emphasizing the mutually constitutive relationship between wellbeing in later life and environmental wellbeing. The chapters unfold as follows:
- Examining aging as a complex biopolitical process.
- Navigating ethical considerations in aging research with insights from feminist research ethics.
- Discussing the embodied experiences and agency of older people in the context of feminist political ecology.
- Learning from Zapatista praxis about connecting across differences and settler colonial places.
- Exploring a complex understanding of wellbeing and relational care through intergenerational and more-than-human care in an older woman’s garden.
This thesis underscores the significance of relationality, mutual care, and more-than-human connections in the study of aging.
Download the abstracts
Watch Constance's defence live
Doctoral dissertation supervisors
Full Doctoral Committee
- Dr Yvonne Underhill-Sem, University of Auckland
- Professor Giovanna Di Chiro, Swarthmore College
- Professor Stephen Katz, Trent University, Canada
- Dr Vasna Ramasar, University of Lund
- Professor Inge Hutter, ISS
Dr Julien Francois Gerber, ISS