PhD defence by Constance Liliane Patterson Dupuis

Navigating care, wellbeing and place in later life: Feminist pursuits in aging
PhD student
Monday 2 Oct 2023, 16:00 - 18:00
PhD defence
Spoken Language
Aula B and livestream
International Institute of Social Studies
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Constance Liliane Patterson Dupuis

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:

  1. Examining aging as a complex biopolitical process.
  2. Navigating ethical considerations in aging research with insights from feminist research ethics.
  3. Discussing the embodied experiences and agency of older people in the context of feminist political ecology.
  4. Learning from Zapatista praxis about connecting across differences and settler colonial places.
  5. 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.


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Doctoral Board


Professor Arjun Bedi

Doctoral dissertation supervisors

Professor Wendy Harcourt
Professor Rosalba Icaza Garza

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

More information

The ceremony will begin promptly at 16:00 hrs in the Aula B of the ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague. The doors will be closed after the start of the Public Defence, but will be briefly opened after the candidate’s introduction to allow latecomers to enter.

Children under 7 years old are not allowed in the Aula during the first part of the ceremony.

The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Atrium of the ISS.

Professors are invited to join the academic procession.

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