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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

Call for abstracts has closed

New date for notification to successful authors is 23 April 2018

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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. The conference will be organised in the following 26 streams to which we invite abstracts.

Further information on Stream Topics is available on the Conference website:


Stream No.  1 – History, Religion, and Social Policy                                                                                                                          Stream No.  2 – Central-local tensions in European welfare systems                                                                                     Stream No.  3 – Employment Equality at the Intersection of Organizations and Social Policy                        Stream No.  4 – What can we learn from the „East“? Comparative analysis of former communist welfare states                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stream No.  5 – Migrant and transnational families’ access to formal and informal welfare                                    Stream No.  6 – EU Social Policies in the Context of Multiple Crises                                                                               Stream No.  7 – Reforming pension systems – employment, retirement and wellbeing in later life                       Stream No.  8 – Social policy in multitiered polities                                                                                                                   Stream No.  9 – Experiments in social policy research                                                                                                                   Stream No. 10 – The rise of (Radical) Right Parties. Old and New Challenges to European Welfare States Stream No. 11 – BREXIT and European Social Policy: challenges, opportunities and prospects                   Stream No. 12 – New policies of care, old inequalities? Reforming long-term care for older people and their impact on inequalities                                                                                                                                                                                    Stream No. 13 – Precarious employment and in-work poverty in the EU and beyond                                        Stream No. 14 – Housing policy                                                                                                                                                                    Stream No. 15 – The Political Economy of Basic Income: Opportunities, Constraints                                                 Stream No. 16 – Separated parents and gender equity                                                                                                           Stream No. 17 – Welfare states and technological change                                                                                                          Stream No. 18 – The governance of “marginal living”: (in)effectiveness of policy responses to marginal populations                                                                                                                                                                                                                Stream No. 19 – Social Workers and Social Policy: Bottom-up and Top-down Perspectives                          Stream No. 20 – Baltic States at the crossroad – a search for a sustainable welfare state system                      Stream No. 21 – Health care organization and funding: European policy and national ongoing reforms in the Member States                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stream No. 22 – Labour market segmentation and labour market mobility in Europe – new approaches, new insights                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Stream No. 23 –Family policy changes in Europe and family wellbeing: drivers, patterns and outcomes Stream No. 24 –The politics of migration and social protection in the EU                                                                           Stream No. 25 – Comparative Methodology: Causal Inference in Social Policy Analysis                                             Stream No. 26 – Open Stream

The deadline for abstract submission was 19 March 2018.


Successful authors will be informed by 23 April 2018 (new date).


Notification of acceptance:                                             23 April 2018  (new date)                                                                                Registration opens                                                                  1 May 2018                                                                                                   Deadline for payment of conference fee:                  1 July 2018                                                                                                      Full papers are due by:                                                          end of July 2018                                                                              Conference date:                                                         30 August- 1 September 2018

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


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