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V. (Veronika) Prieler

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
Programmagroep: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body
Fotograaf: Jeannette Slütter

  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Kamernummer: C5.03
  • Postbus 15509
    1001 NA Amsterdam
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    Veronika Prieler works as a postdoctoral researcher within the ERC Project Relocare: Relocating Care within Europe: Moving the elderly to places where care is more affordable, led by Kristine Krause.

    For the last four years, she worked at the Institute for Sociology at the Johannes Kepler University Linz/Austria.
    There, she was a member of the research project Decent Care Work? Transnational Home Care Arrangements which studied migrant live-in workers from Central Eastern European countries caring for Austrian elderly people in their private households. In this context, she also did her PhD on subjectivation and ethnicization processes in Austrian live-in care.

    Her research interests include social policy, welfare state transformatios, care, and migration with a special focus on the role of intermediary agents.

  • ERC Project ReloCare: Relocating Care within Europe

    ERC Project Relocare: Relocating Care within Europe: Moving the elderly to places where care is more affordable (2021-2026)

    Within care studies, the transnationalization of care has been mainly understood as drawing on (female) migrant care workers and resulting in a ‘care gap’ in the places such workers leave behind. This project looks at the reverse phenomenon: care relocation, in which the ageing body is relocated to places where care is more affordable. This hotly contested trend, described as ‘grandmother deportation’ or ‘geriatric colonialism’, can be seen as an extreme example of the marketization of care, and entangling welfare states as entitlements are carried across national borders within Europe.

    This multi-sited anthropological study will take as case studies care homes in Central Eastern Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary) that recruit patients from Austria and Germany, and offer care at roughly one-third of the cost of similar institutions in the home countries. What does care relocation do to the people and places involved? Most of these care homes are located in regions characterized by a long German and Habsburg-Hungarian history, adding historical complexity to the story. Some serve only German-speaking patients, others serve local, wealthier elderly people as well. They are run by former migrant care workers and by international companies, bringing labour migration and real estate investment into the picture.

    ReloCare breaks new ground by encompassing all of these aspects in one study. Alongside in-depth ethnographic studies of daily life in these care homes, the researchers will investigate the nexus of care entrepreneurs and state insurances, and the histories of places and regional migration, providing an understanding of these new transnational entanglements of welfare states. In perceiving care relocation as both part of future making and a response to the privatization of care landscapes in the region, it asks what it means to become old and in need of care in an increasingly intertwined Europe.


    Team members:

    Principal Investigator: Kristine Krause

    Postdoctoral Researcher: Veronika Prieler

    PhD Researchers: Matouš Jelínek, Mariusz Rafał Sapieha

    Assistant: Arianna Injeian

    Ethic advisors: Jeannette Pols, Annelieke Driessen

    Team Coach: Silke Hoppe



  • Publicaties


    • Aulenbacher, B., & Prieler, V. (2024). The ‘good agency’? On the interplay of formalization and informality in the contested marketization of live-in care in Austria. In B. Aulenbacher, H. Lutz, E. Palenga-Möllenbeck, & K. Schwiter (Eds.), Home Care for Sale: The Transnational Brokering of Senior Care in Europe (pp. 79-94). (SAGE Studies in International Sociology; Vol. 71). Sage. [details]



    Prijs / subsidie


    • Prieler, V. (28-05-2023). Care relocation and live-in care in Europe. Two sides of the same coin? [Radio] Radio FRO. Care relocation and live-in care in Europe. Two sides of the same coin?. https://cba.fro.at/621463


    • Prieler, V. (speaker), Krause, K. (speaker), Jelínek, M. (speaker) & Sapieha, M. (speaker) (24-3-2023). Care Relocation and Live-in Care in Europe as Results of Transnationalisation and Marketisation of Care: Are They Two Sides of the Same Coin?, Care Migration – Care Marketization. Reflections on a complex Interplay. International Symposium of the Research Project ‘”Ideal” Migrant Subjects: Domestic Service in Globalization’, Linz.
    • Krause, K. (speaker), Ezzeddine, P. (speaker), Sapieha, M. (speaker), Prieler, V. (speaker), Jelínek, M. (speaker), Búriková, Z. (speaker) & Horvath, H. (speaker) (8-10-2022). German-speaking seniors in CEE countries: transnational care relocation and care regimes in Europe, ESA Research Network nr. 26 mid-term conference: From the cradle to the grave? Social policy in diverse temporal and spatial contexts, Berlin.
    • Búriková, Z. (speaker) & Prieler, V. (speaker) (16-9-2022). Care homes for German-speaking elderly in Central Eastern Europe: Care landscapes under marketization, ESPAnet 2022 Conference: Social Policy Change between Path Dependency and Innovation, Vienna.
    • Leiblfinger, M. (speaker) & Prieler, V. (speaker) (2-12-2021). Cross-border Care Mobility During the Pandemic: The Austrian Case of Migrant Live-in Care, International Symposium: Borders, Mobility of Care and Translocal Social Reproduction, Prague.


    • Prieler, V. (chair) & Sapieha, M. (chair) (26-6-2023). Commercial actors and care entrepreneurs in elderly care markets. Thematic Panel at the 6th Transforming Care Conference “Boundaries, Transitions and Crisis Contexts”, Sheffield (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Krause, K. (participant), Prieler, V. (organiser), Horvath, H. (organiser) & Gábriel, D. (organiser) (23-6-2023). Researching retirement migration, regional development and care relocation, Budapest (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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    • Johannes Kepler University Linz
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