International Advisory Group

The “Young Carers and Young Adult Carers in Switzerland” project has been running since October 2015, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The research team, led by Prof. Dr. iur. Agnes Leu, “Young Carers” programme manager, thus entered an area into which there had barely been any national research. There is still little knowledge in Switzerland about children and young people with care and support responsibilities. However, this field is actively researched at an international level, particularly in Great Britain, where research into young carers has been actively pursued for some time.

In this internationally active territory, the Swiss branch of research is supported by the expertise of an external group of experts and thus benefits from knowledge gained in other countries. For this purpose, a group of independent and international professionals from education, healthcare and social services is providing advice to the project. The International Advisory Group supports the research team in complex research issues and in discussing new project steps.

On 1 December 2016, the “Young Carers” research team met with the International Advisory Group in Zurich for the first time to exchange experiences concerning the project.

Members of the International Advisory Group

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  • Prof. Luke Clements, Professor of Law at Cardiff Law School, Consultant solicitor, Director of the Law School's Centre for Health and Social Care Law, Special Adviser to the Joint Parliamentary Select Committee, Cardiff University (UK)
  • Dame Philippa Russell, DBE, Chair Standing Commission on Carers, National Children's Bureau, London (UK)
  • Dr. Moira Fraser, Director of Policy and Research, Carers Trust, London (UK)
  • Carol Taylor, Director of Research and Development, NIACE (National Institute of Adult Continuing Education), Leicester (UK)
  • Prof. Anthea Gulliford, DEAP Joint Programme Director, Faculty of Science, The Nottingham University, Nottingham (UK)
  • Jenny Frank, Programme Manager at The Children's Society, Member of The Government Standing Commission for Carers, London (UK)
  • Daniel Phelps, Young Carer Consultant ( & Researcher at University of Winchester (UK)
  • Prof. Dr. med. Georg Marckmann, MPH, Head of the Institute for Ethics, History and Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität, München
  • Dr. Hanneli Döhner, Vice-president EUROCARERS - European Association Working for Carers, Hamburg (Germany)
  • Vibecke Ulvær Vallesverd, Adviser at BarnsBeste, Kristiansand (Norway)
  • Merike Hansson, Senior Advisor, National Board of Health and Welfare, Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Dr. Martin Nagl-Cupal, Deputy Head of the Department of Nursing Science, University of Vienna
  • Prof. Gisela C. Schulze, Director Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Oldenburg (Germany)
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