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 15th Annual ESPAnet Conference
September 14-16, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal
New Horizons of European Social Policy: Risks, Opportunities and Challenges
Hosted by: Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas (ISCSP)
Universidade de Lisboa
The Conference homepage: www.espanetlisbon2017.eu
The call for papers is closed. Noticifation to authors will be sent 1st week of April.
Registration will open in May. Papers are due 2nd week of August and will be available on the website from September 2st.
The following 29 streams are proposed:
1 – Welfare States in Transition: Bringing light into the ‘black boxes’ of reform processes
2 – European family policy in times of societal change and permanent austerity: drivers, patterns and future Challenges
3 – International developments in the provision of long term care: the emergence of care chains and care drain
4 – Welfare Reform and Austerity: international perspectives on increasing demand and diminishing Resources
5 – European social policy
6 – At the edge of the welfare state: marginal populations as policy Challenge
7 – Enhancing Capabilities? Rethinking European Social Policies from a New Perspective
8 – Social Policy – Making Under Pressure: Interests, Power and Discourse
9 – How healthcare systems and welfare regimes respond to migrants’ health needs
10 – Pension policies – challenges, reforms, outcomes
11 – Self-employment, vulnerability and precarity: Meeting the challenge of reforming social protection systems in Europe and Beyond
12 – Welfare States in Illiberal Democracies
13 – Cash and/or Care?
14 – Health, employment status, and disability: A comparative and institutional perspective
15 – Welfare and Unemployment Dynamics: Mechanisms, Determinants and the Role of Social Policy
16 – The State of Local Welfare: The implementation, organization and politics of local welfare
17 – Health and social exclusion
18 – Fiscal Welfare in Europe
19 – Relating Social Policy and Social Work
20 – Rethinking the Religion and Social Policy Nexus
21 – Comparative Methodology: Causal Inference in Social Policy Analysis
22 – The Middle Class and Its Impact on Poverty and Inequality
23 – Beyond neoliberalism: Concepts and ideas in current welfare state policies
24 – The Achilles’ heel of health care futures
25 – Economic crisis, poverty and policy reactions
26 – Minimum Income Standards and Reference Budgets: national experiences
27 – Linking ‘Doing Policy’ and ‘Policy Delivery’: Frontline delivery of welfare-to-work policies in Europe
28 – Building Welfare State Capacity in the Developing World
29 – Open Stream
A description of each stream can be found at: ESPAnet 2017 – Streams
About the abstracts:
Abstracts should be linked to one of the conference streams and be about 500 words long.
Only one abstract per researcher.
The following information is to be included in the abstract:
1. Main issue analyzed in the paper (about 100 words)
2. Type of methodology and sources of data/information used for the analysis (about 200 words) (in case the paper is mainly theoretical, please specify so)
3. Main findings expected from the analysis (about 200 words)
Abstracts may only be submitted online and please do not send abstracts to stream convenors
Avoid submission within 48 hours of the deadline for best system performance
The online submission system will guide you through the process of submission
Submission of abstracts can be done at: ESPAnet 2017 – Submission of abstracts
January 3rd = Call for abstracts
March 15th = Deadline for submission of abstracts
First week of April = Notifications to authors
End of July = Full paper to be uploaded
Call for stream proposals has closed:
Suggestions for stream themes:
1 – Research, Knowledge and Policy Innovation
2 – European Social Policy
3 – Globalisation and Social Policy
4 – Environmental Concerns and Social Policy
5 – Comparative Methodology
6 – Social Innovation and Self-Organisation in Social Policy
7 – Funding Welfare
8 – Family Policy
9 – Gender and Gender Equality
10 – Activation and Welfare Conditionality in Comparative Perspective
11 – Migration, Refugee Crisis and Social Policy
12 – Generations and Intergeneration Relations
13 – Pensions
14 – Health Care
15 – Social Care
16 – Poverty and Social Exclusion
17 – Education and Social Policy
18 – Housing and Welfare State
19 – Welfare state in transition (in Europe and abroad)
20 – Open Stream
Responsibilities of Stream convenors:
– Stream convenors are responsible for one or more sessions organised within a particular stream. The total number of sessions per stream will depend on the number of abstracts accepted.
– Stream convenors participate in the selection of abstracts, ranking all abstracts submitted for their respective stream. Stream convenors may not submit abstracts to their own stream. The review of abstracts will be organised after the closure of the call for abstracts, 15th March. Only one abstract submission per researcher is allowed.
– Final decisions on the number of sessions per stream and the acceptance of abstracts will be made by the local organising committee after full information concerning streams is available.
– In the run-up to the Conference, stream convenors together with local organisers, supervise the deadlines for paper submission and review the situation concerning contributed papers in case deadlines are not met.
– In the Conference, Stream convenors chair their respective session(s). Stream convenors may not present papers, not even as a co-author in their own stream. To guarantee coherence across sessions, they are also asked to a) give either an introductory presentation on the theme of their stream and how the papers chosen for presentation fit the research in this area, or b) synthesise the stream’s output after paper presentations.
– As organisers, we invite and give priority to suggestions for streams that fit the overall theme of the conference.
– Over the years, ESPAnet Conferences have had many different streams, some with established continuity. A list of suggested themes for the 2017 Conference is listed below.
– Proposals for stream titles may differ from the stream themes listed below, but suggestions should bear in mind that topics should appeal to a large number of researchers, allow submissions from different disciplinary backgrounds and countries and that all streams and sessions have to be organised as open streams and sessions (no closed research/interest networks).
Expression of interest:
Individual expressions of interest should fit on one page. They should include:
1. A stream title with an indication which stream theme it is directed at (see above) or whether the suggestion arises outside of the list.
2. A short description of the stream’s theme, including a description of the topics and/or types of papers that would be expected (max 300 words). We encourage descriptions of proposed themes that make explicit links to the topic of the conference and to the overall objectives of ESPAnet (see www.espanet.org).
3. Full contact details of the stream convenor/s (with a maximum of three convenors per stream): Name/s, affiliation, postal address, phone number, e-mail.
Please send your expression of interest by 25th November to the following e-mail address:email@example.com
Acceptance of proposals
The local organising committee will send out information about accepted proposals by second week December.
We look forward to seeing you in the vibrant city of Lisbon in 2017!
On behalf of the Conference Organizing Committee
Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas – Universidade de Lisboa.