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The Annual ESPAnet Conferences focus on changing paradigms in European social policy and in European social policy analysis. The conferences provide a forum for theoretical and methodological questions, reflections on inter- and multi-disciplinarity in social policy research and discussions of new trends.The conferences are open to all who are active in social policy research and welcomes contributions from all relevant disciplines.

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 The 16th Annual ESPAnet Conference

Transformation of European Wefare Systems: Challenges, Problems and Future Prospects.

30 August – 1 September 2018, Vilnius University, Lithuania

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Conference Theme: “Transformation of European welfare systems: challenges, problems and future prospects”                                                  Vilnius 30 August – 1 September 2018

The 16th annual conference of the ESPAnet aims to discuss the challenges, problems and future prospects of European welfare systems at a time of great political, economic and environmental uncertainties in the globalized world. New challenges such as terrorism, the refugee crisis and global warming have put additional pressures on the systems of social protection across Europe and worldwide. In the wake of all these transformations, fundamental questions persist: Are European welfare systems resilient enough to deal with these new challenges? What does the future hold for European welfare systems?

The conference is open to those active in social policy research and welcomes contributions from all relevant disciplines.

Registration is open


Full papers are due by                                                                             22 July 2018

Deadline for payment of conference fee:                                                                                                                                                     Reduced “earlybird fee”  200 Euro                                                                   30 June 2018                                              Conference fee  after 30 June is 250 Euro                                                     8 August 2018                                                                NB! Conference fee for all doctoral students is 200 EUR, no “late bird” is applied for them.

Conference programme and practical information is available on the Conference website

We look forward to seeing you in Vilnius in 2018!

Jolanta Aidukaite

On behalf of Conference Organizing Committee                                                                                                                               Warm wishes from the Institute of Sociology and Social Work                                                                                CONFERENCE E-MAIL


The 2019 ESPAnet Annual Conference will be held in Stockholm, Sweden

The preliminary dates are  5-7 September

More information will be posted later.