Professor Shereen Hussein


Shereen is a Professor of Health and Social Care Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is a Co-Director of the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Systems and Commissioning (PRUComm).

Shereen is demographer with expertise in labour-migration, sociology and economics. Her main research revolves around ageing, family dynamics, migration and long-term care.

Shereen currently leads several research projects focused on the social care workforce such as the Retention and Sustainability of Social Care Workforce (RESSCW), funded by the Health Foundation; Developing a scale of work-related quality of life for adult social care staff, funded by the NIHR.

Her current research also covers the diverse experience of informal carers; the practical impact of COVID19 control measures in care homes on older people, the workforce and informal carers; potential exploitation of migrant workers and live-in care in London.

Shereen is particularly interested in quantitative modelling and combining knowledge from existing and new data sources and has made use of several national and international routinely collected and survey datasets.

Shereen provides regular advice and consultancy to the World Health Organisation, the United Nations, the Population Council, the World Bank, and the League of Arab States on demographics, ageing and Long term care issues.

Shereen has a long-standing research interest in global ageing and health and have recently founded the Middle East and North Africa Research on Health Ageing (MENARAH) network, funded by the GCRF and collaborate on the STRiDE (Strengthening responses to dementia in developing countries) project funded by the UKRI and led by Professor Martin Knapp at the LSE.

Shereen is the founder of the Middle East and North Africa Research on Healthy Ageing network; the Social Care Workforce Periodical, and the network lead of ROWM, the Research on Workforce Mobility research network. Shereen sits on a number of governmental and non-governmental advisory boards.

Shereen is a Honorary Professor at the University of Kent, a Visiting Professor of Applied Statistics at the Department of Mathematics, King’s College London and an Adjunct Professor in Applied Statistics and Population Science at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.


Hussein, S. The Global Demand for Migrant Care Workers: Drivers and Implications on Migrants’ Wellbeing. Sustainability 2022, 14, 10612. doi:10.3390/su141710612

Fitzpatrick, J. M., Rafferty, A. M., Hussein, S., Ezhova, I., Palmer, S., Adams, R., Rees, L., Brearley, S., Sims, S. and Harris, R. (2021) Protecting older people living in care homes from COVID-19: a protocol for a mixed-methods study to understand the challenges and solutions to implementing social distancing and isolation. BMJ Open 2021; 11:e050706. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-050706

Lau , Y.S., Malisauskaite, G., Brookes, N., Hussein, S. and Sutton, M. (2021). Complements or substitutes? Associations between volumes of care provided in the community and hospitals. The European Journal of Health Economics. PMID: 34138375 DOI: 10.1007/s10198-021-01329-6

Turnpenny, A. and Hussein, S. (2021) Migrant Home Care Workers in the UK: a Scoping Review of Outcomes and Sustainability and Implications in the Context of Brexit. Journal of International Migration and Integration. DOI: 10.1007/s12134-021-00807-3

Stevens, M., Harris, J., Moriarty, J., Hussein, S., Manthorpe, J. and Cornes, M. (2021) What encourages care workers to continue working in intellectual disability services in England? Interview findings. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 25(3): 317-332.

Hussein, S. (2020) Inter-European social workers’ mobility within a dynamic social work and immigration policy context: A case study of England. European Journal of Social Work, 23(4): 566-579.

Aspinal, F., Stevens, M., Manthorpe, J., Woolham, J., Samsi, K., Baxter, K., Hussein, S. and Ismail, M. (2019) Safeguarding and personal budgets: the experiences of adults at risk. Journal of Adult Protection. 21(3): 157-1168.

Stevens, M., Moriarty, J., Harris, J., Manthorpe, J., Hussein, S., Cornes, M. (2019) Social care managers and care workers’ understandings of personalisation in older people’s services. Working with Older People, 23(1): 37-45.

Migrant care workers and their future in the UK context (Sustainable Care Policy Perspective 2018) (PDF, 1MB)

Hussein, S. (2018) Migration Gender and Social Inclusion. In S. Westwood (edt) Ageing, Diversity and Inequality: Social justice perspectives. Routledge: London

Hussein, S. (2018) Job Demand, Control and Unresolved Stress within the Emotional Work of Long Term Care in England. International Journal of Care and Caring, 2(1): 89-107

Hussein, S. (2018) In search of better opportunity: Transnational social workers in the United Kingdom navigating the maze of global and social mobility. In L. Beddoe and A. Bartley (eds.) Transnational Social Work: Opportunities and challenges of a global profession, Policy Press: Cambridge.

Hussein, S. (2018) Work engagement, burnout and personal accomplishments among social workers in England: Does the clients’ group make a difference? Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 27th Apr 2018, doi:10.1007/s10488-018-0872-z

Christensen, K., Hussein, S. and Ismail, M. (2017) Migrant intelligence shaping work destination choice: the case of long-term care work in the United Kingdom and Norway. European Journal of Aging. 14(3): 219-232.

Hussein, S. (2017) ‘We don’t do it for the money’… The scale and reasons of poverty-pay among frontline long term care workers in England. Health and Social Care in the Community. 25(6): 1817-1826