About Espanet

ESPAnet was established in 2002 to facilitate exchange and co-operation among social policy analysts in Europe and to provide a forum and network of communication for the development of European social policy analysis as a field of research and teaching.

It has the following specific objectives: 

  • Advancement of knowledge in the field of the analysis of European social policies
  • Stimulating the entry of young researchers into the field and enhancing the development of their knowledge, skills and experience
  • Promotion of a comparative approach to the analysis of social policy in Europe
  • Promotion of an inter- and multi-disciplinary approach to the analysis of social policy

Towards these ends, ESPAnet seeks to develop contacts between social policy analysts throughout Europe and thus to act as a forum for the exchange of ideas and debates on social policy at a European level. It encourages the international dissemination and exchange of information on significant developments relevant to European social policy and facilitates and promotes international research in this field.

Objectives

ESPAnet was established in 2002 to facilitate exchange and co-operation among social policy analysts in Europe and to provide a forum and network of communication for the development of European social policy analysis as a field of research and teaching. It has the following specific objectives:  Advancement of knowledge in the field of the analysis …

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Board

ESPAnet Board ESPAnet is being run by a co-chairmanship, a secretariat and a network board. Co-Chairs Bjørn Hvinden, NOVA Oslo, Norway (Homepage) (E-Mail) Dorottya Szikra, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary (Homepage) (E-Mail) Honorary Presidents Jochen Clasen, Edinburgh University, Scotland (Homepage) Wim van Oorschot, Leuven University, The Netherlands (Homepage) Secretariat Margaret Ford, NOVA Oslo, Norway (Homepage) (E-Mail) Network …

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National Associations

National ESPAnet associations In addition to the europewide ESPAnet-community, several countries and regions maintain national ESPAnet associations. In the following national /regional ESPAnet associations have been established: Austria Baltics (info ESPAnet BALTICS) France (visit ESPAnet FRANCE) Germany (visit ESPAnet DE) Italy (visit ESPAnet ITALIA) Israel (visit ESPAnet ISRAEL) Netherlands Poland Portugal (visit ESPAnet Portugal) Spain (visit ESPAnet …

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Membership

Membership Members of ESPAnet undertake mainly comparative work, focusing on the analysis of social policy in European societies, the social policy of the European Union and of other cross-national bodies. The social policy focus is on cash benefits and services, fiscal and occupational welfare, and on the social relations, values, economics and politics of welfare. …

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