Nordic Welfare Research Conference – Call for Panel Proposals

Call for Panel Proposals – deadline 31 July 2018


Challenges, Responses and Consequences – The Nordic Welfare Research Conference,           14-15 March 2019, University of Helsinki, Finland

Globalisation is both a challenge and a chance for the Nordic welfare states. Almost all internationally available indicators of citizens’ welfare, economic sustainability, politico-administrative performance and social cohesion exemplify the success of the Nordic countries so far, e.g. in terms of human wellbeing, equality, low poverty, life satisfaction, stability, safety and security, trust, personal and press freedom, the rule of law and reliability of elections and governance. However, Nordic welfare state is not static; the existing institutions have to be constantly recalibrated in order to tackle the wicked problems of current time. The Nordic welfare states should thus have good prerequisites for finding sustainable solutions. That said, polarization, rising inequalities, populism are threats to political participation and democracy also in the Nordic countries. Furthermore, the consistency of the Nordic welfare model can be easily questioned. The Nordic countries have chosen different pathways when it comes to European Union, EMU, NATO or confronting the last financial crises. Indeed, the Nordic welfare states historically developed differently. This conference aims at shedding light in the challenges and opportunities of the Nordic welfare states in the broader European and global context. Furthermore, the conference is a kick-off for a Nordic welfare research network.

We invite and give priority to suggestions for panels that fit the overall theme of the conference and representing more than one discipline. We hope that panels will have two co-convenors from different institutions ideally from different countries. The conference panels are traditional paper sessions.

Panel convenors are responsible for 1-3 papers sessions. They will rank the abstracts submitted for their panel. The review of abstracts will be organized after the closure of the call for abstracts. Final decisions on the number of sessions will be made by the local organizing committee and the scientific board.


Submit a suggestion for a panel by 31 July 2018

The suggestion should include:

*A title

*A short description of the panel’s theme and types of papers that would be expected, no more than 300 words

*Full contact details of the convenor/s: Name/s, affiliation, postal address, phone number, e-mail

The suggestions should be submitted to Paula Saikkonen:

More information:

Kati Kuitto
Senior researcher
Finnish Centre for Pensions | Research
Tel. +358 29 411 2479 | Mobile +358 50 4650313