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9th ESPAnet Italy Conference 22-24 Sept. 2016, The University of Macerata, Italy

The Conference Welfare Models and Models of Capitalism. The challenges for socio – economic development in Italy and Europe at the University of Macerata, has sessions in both English and Italian.

ESPAnet Italy: www.espanet-italia.net

3rd International Conference ESPAnet Poland, 22 – 24 September 2016 Warsaw, Poland                         

Conference theme:Social Investment and Development

Conference details at: http://www.espanetpolska2016.org/-english—home.html


2nd ESPAnet Poland Conference, 15-17th October 2015, University of Łódź, Poland

Title: “Innovations in social policy”

Conference website: >http://www.kpips.uni.lodz.pl/innovations-in-social-policy-espanet-poland/home/

Deadline for abstracts: June 15, 2015.

BIGSSS International Conference 24th-25th September 2015, University of Bremen, Germany

Title: “From POVERTY to PARTIES & INSTITUTIONS to INEQUALITY: Linking Structural Inequalities to Social Policy-Making”

Website: https://www.bigsss-bremen.de/conferences/bigsss-international-conference-2015.html

Deadline for Abstract Submission: April 15th, 2015


8th ESPANET Italy Conference 17-19 September, 2015, University of Salerno, Italy 

Title: Welfare in Italy and global welfare: comparing experiences and models of development

Conference website: http://www.espanet-italia.net/conferenza2015.html 

DEADLINE for Abstract Submission: May 25th, 2015.


BIGSSS International Conference 2014

The Link between Social Stratification and the Welfare State

12-13 June 2014, Bremen, Germany

Keynote Speakers: Conchita D’Ambrosio (University of Luxembourg), Wim van Oorschot (University of Leuven, Belgium), Sonja Drobnic and Steffen Mau (both BIGSSS Bremen, Germany)

Organizers: Nate Breznau, Alexi Gugushvili, Katja Möhring and Nadine Schöneck-Voß

Conference Website

Call for Papers:

This conference aims to identify the linkages between research on social stratification and mobility with social policy and welfare states. It looks for questions and answers that lie at the intersection of stratification and policy. For example: Does social policy enable or inhibit social mobility? Do welfare states change in response to increasing social inequality? It brings together the stratification focus of the ECSR and the policy focus of ESPAnet into a common framework in order to broaden both associations’ themes and illuminate the social inequality and political process nexus.

For paper submissions we seek abstracts of no more than 300 words. The conference is open to all academics, and we hope for a good mix of PhD students, postdocs, lecturers and professors. The conference welcomes those from any discipline germane to stratification and social policy; i.e. sociology, political science, economics, demography, and social psychology. It welcomes research on any geographic states or regions. Please see the website for specific session themes and details on submission of abstracts.

Deadline for Abstracts: 15 February 2014, per email to sssp2014@bigsss-bremen.de

Conference Partners: ESPAnet, ECSR and ZeS

IMPALLA-ESPANET International Conference

Building blocks for an inclusive society: empirical evidence from social policy research

LUXEMBOURG, 18-19 April 2013

Call for papers

The legitimacy of welfare states is based on the willingness to provide the tools for achieving an inclusive society. This implies that life chances are partly detached, or decommodified, from social and economic origins and circumstances. The core of an inclusive society is to create equal opportunities and equal access to services and infrastructure for specific groups such as unemployed and disadvantaged people, disabled people, children and adolescents, older people and pensioners, ethnic communities, etc.

The joint IMPALLA-ESPANET* conference seeks to discuss questions such as the following: What are the essential building stones for welfare states to accomplish an inclusive society? How to avoid marginalization: activation versus means-tested? Which policies respond to the flexibility required on the labor market? How can welfare states reach participation into society in social, political and economic spheres while respecting diversity? How to empower the disadvantaged? How could education and family capital underpin an inclusive society?

Given today’s demographic, economic and political pressures as well as financial constraints, welfare state reforms are on the political agenda, not only in Europe. From which European and global best practices can social policy makers learn? How to coordinate action at local, Member State and the EU level?

Our objective is to encourage an interdisciplinary dialogue between academic researchers and policy analysts. The organizers welcome abstracts for empirical papers and panels around the themes mentioned. Potential paper topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Exclusion in education and the labor market
  • Income distribution, poverty and financial inequality
  • Living conditions
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Family formation and child care
  • The family as social, cultural, and economic capital, and educational attainment
  • Social protection and old-age pensions
  • Social integration and networks
  • Political and cultural participation
  • Attitudes towards the welfare state and social cohesion
  • Gender equality/ empowerment of women
  • Combating social exclusion: intervention programs, implementation and evaluation

The Scientific Committee of the Conference anticipates publication of a selection of the best papers in a book.

Important Deadlines:

– Submission of abstracts (maximum 500 words): 14 December 2012

– Notification of paper acceptance: 18 January 2013

– Full paper Submission: 8 April 2013

Reminder: Participants to the Conference are kindly requested to register here. Registration for the Conference is now open until 5 April 2013

Contact: esther.zana-nau@ceps.lu

More Information about the Conference:

Programme (click here)

Practical Information (click here)

Access to Conference Venue (click here)

Train Schedule (click here)

Confirmed key note speakers

Prof. Jaak Billiet (contact)
University of Leuven
Centre for Sociological Research CESO
Full professor in social methodology (since 2007 Emeritus Professor)
Member of the central co-ordination team of the European Social Survey
Main fields of research interest: survey methodology dealing with validity assessment, interviewer and response effects, and the modelling of measurement error in social surveys; His substantial research covers longitudinal and comparative research in the domains of ethnocentrism, political attitudes and religious orientations; He also plays a central role in the implementation of the fourth wave of the European Value Study in 2008.

Prof. Ides Nicaise (contact)
University of Leuven
HIVA – Research Institute for Work and Society
Main fields of research interest: poverty and social inequality; (Economics of) education; Labour market policy; Social economy; Evaluation of social policy; Within Belgium as well as from an international comparative perspective, on EU-level, in Western as well as developing countries.

Prof. Wim van Oorschot (contact)
Professor of Sociology at the University of Leuven
Centre for Sociological Research CESO
European Data Centre for Work and Welfare EDAC
Main fields of research interest : social policies of European welfare states; Social security and labour issues; Cultural determinants and legitimacy of policies that aim to promote social cohesion, solidarity and social justice;
He analyses and compares policies and public opinion.

Prof. Dr. Georg Vobruba (contact)
Professor of Sociology at the University of Leipzig, Germany
Since 2010 member of the Senate of the University of Leipzig
Since 2011 member of the Executive Committee of the European Sociological Association

Associated Professor Dr. Jacques Zeelen (contact)
University of Groningen (RUG)
Department of Lifelong Learning
involved for many years in training and capacity building programmes in mental health, adult education and international development co-operation;
Member of the organizing committee of the World Congress for Action Learning and Action Research, held in Groningen in August 2006;
One of the editors of the book publication informed and inspired by the World Congress, published by Sense Publishers in 2008;
Currently, participating in collaboration projects between the RUG and Uganda Martyrs University and Mzumbe University in Tanzania: local governance and human rights.

* The International Master of Science in Social Policy Analysis (IMPALLA) is run by CEPS/INSTEAD in Luxembourg and the University of Leuven. (http://kuleuven.be/impalla)

*ESPANET is an association of academics involved or interested in the analysis of social policy in Europe. (http://www.espanet.org)

Conference Website

Conference description

The organizing committee can be contacted via email at: Impalla2013@ceps.lu

The European Social Model in a Global Perspective

Luxembourg, 6-7 March 2009 (Organised jointly with IMPALLA)

The conference will take place at the Cultural Centre of Neumünster in Luxembourg. The aim of the conference is to facilitate the exchange of research ideas and results on issues that place the European Social Model in a global perspective. The organizing committee invites submissions of relevant papers from academic, government, and business social scientists for oral presentation. A discussant will be assigned to each paper. Jos Berghman (Leuven University, Belgium) will serve as the program chair. The keynote speakers are:

• Bob Deacon, Globalism and Social Policy Programme (GASPP) and University of Sheffield.
• Anton Hemerijck, Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) and Erasmus University of Rotterdam.
• Maria João Rodrigues, Institute for Strategic and International Studies, Lisbon.

The organizing committee encourages the participation of scholars and researchers from developing countries. Junior researchers from these countries as well as PhD students from all countries may apply for a partial or full waiver of the conference registration fee. Conditional on the financial support of the conference by the National Research Fund of Luxembourg, all presenters may apply for a partial reimbursement of their travelling and accommodation costs.Abstracts and/or full papers in .pdf or .doc format should be submitted electronically using the on-line submission form on the conference web-page.

The organizing committee can be contacted via email: impalla2009@soc.kuleuven.be

The submission deadline is 1 October 2008. Acceptance decisions will be communicated by 15 October 2008.

More information on the conference description as well as on the location, registration, and hotel reservations is available at the conference web page.

Welfare Architecture IV: Welfare State Change: Policy feedback, the role of ideas, and incrementalism

SFI & CCWS, Aalborg, 30 January – 1 February 2008

Previous assumptions about the immobility of European Welfare States are challenged both by actual developments and by theoretical advances. However, there remains considerable disagreement and confusion about the sources and processes of change. This conference will address three partially connected themes: The role of policy feedback, including learning effects, the role of ideas more generally, and the silent revolutions that are brought about by incremental change, sometimes as a result of conscious strategies, but occasionally as the unintended results of muddling through.

The conference is not only aimed at presenting papers, but also at informal exchange of ideas. This is why the conference takes place at a castle, where informal discussions can continue after the sessions. It also means that presenting short research notes will be possible. However, the number of participants is limited to 35, and paper givers are prioritized. The conference organizers invites submission of abstracts for papers and research notes. Please indicate whether you want to present “normal” paper (some 15-20 pages) or “research note” (some 5-10 pages).

Further information: www.ccws.dk

The europeanization of the reforms of welfare systems

8-10 March 2007 (Jointly organised with CONNEX)

Since late 2005, a comparative trans-national research project on the “politics of welfare reforms in continental Europea has been conducted by Bruno Palier. The principal aim of the project is to evaluate the impact of the similar social protection institutions that characterise Bismarckian welfare states – eligibility based on work, earnings-related benefits, contribution financing and devolved para-state management – on the politics, timing and content of social reforms over the last 25 years. The basic hypothesis lays on the idea that these countries share the same problems and politics of reforms, and may follow similar reforms trajectories, leading to an Europeanization of welfare reforms.

The project systematically compares patterns of reform in Bismarckian welfare states/programmes, aiming to explain commonalities and differences, and to understand and draw out the implications of innovations that have been introduced in Bismarckian systems in recent years. This thrid seminar is an attempt to wrap up the lessons of this comparative project, and is aimed at providing a new understanding of welfare reforms in continental Europe, but also orientation for innovation as well as assessment of the political conditions in which welfare reforms can be implemented. Evidence of an Europeanization of welfare reforms are critically analysed. The expert seminar will be an opportunity to present and discuss the policy implications of the findings of this research project, and their implication for national and European policies.

Click here to download the programme.
Contact: Bruno Palier bruno.palier@sciences-po.fr

Welfare Architecture III: Welfare State Feedbacks: From outcomes to input

SFI & CCWS, Denmark, 31 January – 2 February 2007

Understanding the causes and consequences of welfare state reform lies at the heart of a growing body of literature. This conference highlights how consequences of welfare state reform become causes for welfare state reform, how outcomes become inputs. This feedback mechanism is analysed within six areas relating to on-going European welfare reforms: opinions, health, labour market, social indicators, demography, and migration.

The conference is not only aimed at presenting papers, but also at informal exchange of ideas. This is why the conference takes place at a castle, where informal discussions can continue after the sessions. It also means that presenting short research notes will be possible. However, the number of participants is limited to 35, and paper givers are prioritized. The conference organizers invites submission of abstracts for papers and research notes. Please indicate whether you want to present “normal” paper (some 15-20 pages) or “research note” (some 5-10 pages).

Further information: www.ccws.dk

Migrations and Social Policies in Europe

Pamplona, Spain, 8-10 June 2006

Intensifying migration flows pose a challenge to European social policies, and at the same time open a very interesting opportunity for their development. On the one hand, migrants’ arrival requires social program transformations and specific measures especially oriented towards the social inclusion of migrant population. On the other hand, immigration also brings about a very interesting rejuvenation of European population, with the resulting consequences in revitalizing of labour markets, economic growth and increase of social contributions. Nevertheless, the intensity of migration flows, the way of organizing its regulation and control systems, the politics and management of a rising multicultural societies, and social policies oriented towards migrants’ social integration, meaningfully vary between European countries, according to the different conditions in each case, shaped by the various welfare state models and also by the structure and dynamics of the labour markets. The aim of this seminar is to achieve an in-depth analysis of these factors from a comparative point of view, an understanding the way in which all these circumstances are interrelated, and trying to offer practical proposals for building a European model of migration policy and social policy oriented towards social integration of migrants.

Conference website: www.congreso.migraciones.unavarra.es

Welfare reform – the dependent variable problem

Stirling, Scotland, 13-14 May 2005

Organizers: Jochen Clasen and Nico Siegel

Public Opinion and Social Policy in Europe: Towards European Academic Networking and an Extension of International Comparable Data

Tilburg University, Tilburg, 21-23 October 2004

Welfare and the Social Bond

Tilburg University, Tilburg, 26-27 March 2003