International Summer School July 4-8, 2016 Oviedo, Spain
The First PROMEBI Summer School invites Master and PhD students with a social science background and specific research interest in the field. The application period is February 22 – April 11 2016.
The main goal of this Summer School is to make participants familiar with recent and high quality research developments in the field of employment and welfare interactions. The school offers lectures with discussions by renowned international scholars, with prior reading assignments. The participants will be also required to present and discuss their Research project (e.g. postgraduate research proposal, in-progress or finished paper).
The detailed programme is available at: http://www.unioviedo.es/promebi
If interested, participants may also attend the XII Conference of Spanish Sociology, to be held just before de school, on June 30-July 2 2016, at the University of Oviedo (Gijón Campus). Link to the Conference here
Participants will be granted a diploma after completing the school. ECTS recognition by the University of Oviedo is expected.
To apply Send a CV and a short outline of the project/paper they would like to present in the school (up to 500 words on rationale for the topic, analytical framework, and research strategy/methods used).They will be selected on the basis of their general fit to the school topic and the quality of their project/paper.
Funding and Cost The school is funded partially by a research grant from the Government of the Principality of Asturias. Tuition fees, board and lodging costs (in university halls of residence) for participants will be covered by the School.
EDAC-ESPAnet Summer school on Social Policies and Social Outcomes
The Role of Social Policies in Cross-national and Longitudinal Differences in Levels and Distributions of Social Outcomes
14-18 September 2015, Centre for Sociological Research, University of Leuven, Belgium
Through their welfare arrangements societies aspire to improve the living standards of broad categories of their citizens, either directly by e.g. the provision of health care, education and income benefits, or indirectly by e.g. decreasing inequalities of various kinds, extending employment opportunities and stimulating general prosperity. Notwithstanding the good intentions that underlie the design and implementation of social policies, their intended social outcomes are rarely achieved to full effect. They may also result in unintended outcomes that might be unwanted. Therefore, one of the leading questions in comparative social policy analysis, with strong relevance for policy making, regards the issue whether the welfare efforts invested in society achieve their intended objectives, and if not, whether alternative designs would work out better or minimise unintended effects. Moreover, policy outcomes may be different for different groups in society. Quite often this is intended, where policies are expressly targeted at specific categories of citizens only. However, there may be unintended differences in the degree to which social categories are benefiting from social arrangements. Thus, the question arises what effect do social policies have on levels of outcomes, and what is their effect on distributions of (inequalities in) outcomes?
This summer school will allow a maximum of 25 PhD, Post-Docs and early career researcher to present their work and to discuss it with colleagues, international scholars and experienced researchers in the field. It will provide them with a high quality platform for receiving constructive comments from peers and seniors. Papers should address relationships between social policy design and social outcomes from a theoretical and/or empirical, comparative perspective. There is no prior specification for the type of outcome studied. They can be objective (e.g. income inequality, educational achievements), subjective (e.g. job insecurity, welfare attitudes), intended (e.g. labour participation, decrease in poverty), or unintended (e.g. erosion of family values, loss of work ethic). There is also no restriction on the methodologies (quantitative or qualitative) used to study these empirical questions.
As a part of the summer school, there will be an introduction and plenary lectures on selected issues of social policies and social outcomes delivered by senior researchers. Some of the lectures will deal with substantive issues, while others will focus on methodological and analytical aspects of cross-national and longitudinal analysis of social policy outcomes.
Additionally, there will be paper sessions of 2 groups, working in parallel and each group will meet 3 times for two hours. For each PhD or post-doc paper 60 minutes will be available. A paper is not presented by the author(s), but by one of their peers. (S)he will start the discussion of the paper with a brief summary and comments. This is followed by a first reaction from the author(s) and then by group discussion where senior researchers act as co-commentator and moderator.
PhD and post-doc students are charged a fee of 300.00 EUR. This pays for organisational costs and facilities, a welcome reception, and a farewell diner. Hotel (a list of hotels to choose from will be made available in due course) and travel arrangements will have to be organised and paid individually.
Participants will be selected on the basis of the quality of the plans for their papers and their general fit to the theme. Paper plans should include: the title of the paper and a short outline (up to 600 words on rationale for the topic, analytical framework, and research strategy/methods used).
Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org until 1 March 2015.
Successful applicants will be notified by 1 April 2015.
Final paper will have to be submitted by 30 August 2015 as word or PDF-file.
All papers will be electronically pre-circulated to participants, at least three weeks in advance of the summer school.
Summer school: “Flexicurity in Today’s Labour Market: A Transition From Securing Jobs to Ensuring Employment”, Tilburg University, The Netherlands, 6-10 July 2015
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – ReflecT Summer School
It is a major challenge for European labour markets to overcome the inherent tension between the increasing flexibility, dynamism, and efficiency requirements on the one hand, and the pressing need for social protection and social order on the other.
This course deals with recent labour market developments regarding flexibility and security: we will present and discuss the effects of structural changes (such as flexibilization and rising inequality) and relevant interventions by drawing on empirical research and policy analysis.
Within the debate on flexicurity, special attention will be paid to the precarious position of youth and disadvantaged groups which, in the face of the economic crisis, are experiencing increased difficulties in obtaining and maintaining (secure) employment. During this course, we would like to engage in discussions on the concept of employment security and place it alongside this traditional view of job security. Several topics will be covered, including the interplay between flexibility and security, European best-practices and policy lessons related to various labour market transitions (unemployment-work; work-work; education-work), and the response of such practices and policies to market dynamism. The course leaders use examples from theory and everyday practice to lead the discussion on those questions.
The participants are required to prepare a presentation of their PhD research (e.g. research proposal, finished paper or paper proposal).
Structured (peer-)review sessions will be incorporated in the program and participants will provide other PhD students with feedback on their research.
The Summer School offers lectures with discussions, assignments and workshops, all presented and supervised by renowned scholars from various disciplines including sociology, social policy, economics, organisation studies, HRM and labour law.
The deadline for applications is the 24th of May.
More information on the course and the application procedure can be found here:
EDAC-ESPAnet Winter SCHOOL (for pre- AND post-docs) Centre for Sociological Research CESO
The Social Legitimacy of the Welfare State: Welfare, work and care attitudes in cross-national and longitudinal perspective
3-7 February 2014, University of Leuven, Belgium
Extended dealdine for application: 1 October 2013
The social legitimacy of many welfare states is challenged by economic and social processes that imply pressures to retrench, re-design, and in some areas, to newly develop welfare provisions. In all cases, redistributive questions will be central as to who should be entitled to what kind of provisions and under what conditions. Policy-makers of the new welfare setups will have to reckon with the social legitimacy of their proposals and decisions, since work, care and welfare related attitudes form a socio-political context with a conditioning effect on social policy making, either by ex-ante agenda-setting or by ex-post legitimation. How the public feels about redistributive questions may thus importantly affect the future of welfare.
While traditionally the social legitimacy of welfare tends to be studied with opinions on social rights provision for ‘old social risk’ categories by the state, the emergence of ‘new social risks’, the overall shift from ‘welfare to work’, and the increasing importance of activation and work-care reconciliation policies asks for studies that also analyse opinions in these fields. In addition, with the (neo-liberal) shift from collective to individual/familial responsibility, social policies nowadays increasingly emphasize people’s social obligations, instead of their social rights, which means that welfare legitimacy progressively depends on the public’s acceptance of the new approach to citizen’s accountability.
This winter school seeks to address theoretical, empirical and methodological ideas, insights and challenges relating to research on work, care and welfare attitudes. It invites Ph.D. students and Post-docs to submit and present papers in the field.
Prof. Wim van Oorschot, Centre for Sociological Research CESO, Leuven University, BE
Prof. Bart Meuleman, Centre for Sociological Research CESO, Leuven University, BE
Speakers and commentators
Prof. Stefan Svallfors, University of Stockholm SE
Prof. Olli Kangas, KELA Helsinki, FI
Prof. Helena Blomberg, University of Helsinki, FI
Prof. Christian Staerklé, University of Lausanne
Prof. Christian Albrekt Larsen, Aalborg University, DK
Dr. Staffan Kumlin, Goteborg University, SW
Dr. Tim Reeskens, University of Amsterdam / Leuven University
Dr. Ferry Koster, Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL
Dr. Koen Abts, Leuven University, BE
Prof. Bart Meuleman, Leuven University, BE
Prof. Wim van Oorschot, Leuven University, BE
Organizational coordination and contact person
Marie-Sophie Callens, CEPS, Luxembourg
Please send your application to Marie-Sophie Callens (PhD-researcher) at the Winterschool’s e-mail address: email@example.com
Format of the winter school
This winter school will allow a maximum of 25 PhD and post-doctoral researchers to present their work to colleagues and experienced researchers. It will provide them with a high quality platform for receiving constructive comments from peers and seniors. In addition, there will be presentations by experienced researchers on their latest work in the field.
As a part of the winter school, there will be an introduction and plenary lectures on selected issues of welfare and work related attitudes delivered by the senior researchers. Some of the lectures will deal with substantive issues, while others will focus on methodological and analytical aspects of cross-national and longitudinal analysis of work, care and welfare opinions.
There will be 4/5 groups, working in parallel and each group will meet 3 times for two hours. For each PhD or post-doc paper 60 minutes will be available. A paper is not presented by the author(s), but by one of their peers. (S)he will start the discussion of the paper with a brief summary and comments. This is followed by a first reaction from the author(s) and than by group discussion where senior researchers act as co-commentator and moderator.
Distribution of papers
All papers will be electronically pre-circulated to all participants, at least 3 weeks in advance of the winter school.
Ph.D. and post-doc students are charged a fee of 300,- euro. This pays for organizational costs and facilities, a welcome reception, and a farewell diner.
They will have to arrange their own hotel (a list of hotels to choose from will be made available in due course), and pay their travel and additional meals.
Leuven is well connected to Brussels Airport Zaventem and Charleroi Airport. Direct connections with Brussels train stations are manifold.
Participants will be selected on the basis of the quality of their plans for their papers and the fit to the winter school theme. Please send the plan, including: title of paper and outline (up to 600 words on rationale for the topic, analytical framework, and research strategy/methods used), and if PhD student also: the name of supervisor(s) and brief description of current state of thesis project (e.g. when did you start and when do you aim to finish).
Send your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for application: 1 October 2013
Successful applicants will be notified by 1 October 2013 (second round by 8 October).
The final paper will have to be submitted by 10 January 2014 as word or PDF-file.
Summer School 2012
Flexibility and Security: Challenges to Modern Labour Markets and Social Protection in Europe
Tilburg University, The Netherlands, 1-6 July
Theme of the Summer School
The future of European societies will strongly depend on the realisation of dynamic and inclusive labour markets, with access of all to decent and productive jobs, avoiding segmentation and dualisation. At the same time, collective arrangements for social security, pensions, and welfare are necessary vehicles for social participation and cohesion.
At societal level, the challenge is to overcome the inherent tension and possible zero sum game between on the one hand the increasing flexibility, dynamism and efficiency orientation of present day labour markets, and on the other hand the pressing need for social protection and social order. At the level of the labour market the challenge is to deal with possible tensions between various groups: insiders versus outsiders, old versus new generations, higher and lower educated, and domestic workers versus migrant workers. Moreover, current labour markets still display a gender bias with respect to terms of employment and employment opportunities. At the level of work organisations, with the employment contract at its core, a tension exists between the need for added value, performance and productivity, and the need for legitimate and fair arrangements for income and employment security. At the level of individual workers and their families, tensions regard the reconciliation of work and care as a basic requierement for citizens’ well-being.
At all levels, the balance between flexibility and security, between modern labour markets and welfare arrangements, is among the most pressing challenges for the EU and its member states.
We invite PhD students with projects that deal with issues on or related to the Summer School theme to apply for participation. We value a multi-disciplinary setting and welcome students from a range of academic disciplines, like sociology, economy, law, political science and (European) social policy. National, as well as cross-national projects are welcomed, theoretical as well as empirical projects, and projects may be based on quantitative or qualitative methodologies.
What’s on offer
The Summer School offers lectures with discussions, assignments and workshops, all presented and supervised by renowned scholars from various disciplines such as sociology, social policy, economics, organisation studies, HRM and labour law. In addition, participating students will have the opportunity to present their PhD-projects and to discuss them in small groups with other participants and scholars. PhD students thus get individual feedback to their projects. The maximum number of participants is 25.
Ton Wilthagen, Ruud Muffels, Jan van Ours, Wim van Oorschot, René Schalk, Heejung Chung, Janine Leschke, Charissa Freese, Sonja Bekker and others.
All lectures will be held in English.
Venue Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands
Date 1-6 July 2012 (1 July arrival day)
Credits Certificate of participation
Fee The course Fee is 250 Euro. This includes: welcome drink, social program, goodbye dinner and excursion. Travelling expenses and accommodation is not included, but at one’s own expense.
Applications for admission must include
§ A current resume/curriculum vitae;
§ A statement of academic interests and professional goals;
§ An abstract of your research (before 1 April 2012) and, once accepted to the Summer School, a research paper (before 1 June 2012).
Contact person: Ms. Chantal Dohmen at ReFlecT (email@example.com)
Send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org (before 1 April 2012)
ReflecT, EDAC and ESPAnet
Summer School ESPAnet Italia 2011
Family and Care Policies in Changing Societies
Politecnico di Milano, 23-28 September 2011
The Summer School is dedicated to the analysis and close examination of Family and Care Policies in contemporary Europe in a comparative perspective. Specific attention will be devoted to the relationship between social and demographic shifts, families structures and labour market transformations and public policies adjustment processes.
The Summer School is organized and supervised by Prof. Costanzo Ranci (Politecnico di Milano) and Prof. Manuela Naldini (University of Turin) and will take place in Milan, Politecnico di Milano, Campus Leonardo, from 23-28 Sepember 2011.
The Politecnico di Milano will host the Italian Espanet Conference 2011 that will take place at the same venue from 29 September to 1 October 2011.
The working language is English.
For more information, please visit http://www.espanet-italia.net/summerschool2011/
7th ESPAnet Summer School (Organised jointly with RECWOWE – Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe)
Welfare states of Eastern and Western Europe
Central European University, Budapest, 27 June – 8 July 2011
CALL OPEN — DEADLINE 20 March — A pdf version of the call can be downloaded here.
The school targets PhD-students who have started or are about to start a project related to welfare and social policy in Eastern and Western Europe. Topics that will be addressed are the comparative analysis of welfare state and social policy reform, role of social actors, policies for work and welfare reconciliation, social protection, immigrant integration, welfare regimes and labor markets. The course also aims to address methodological issues of comparative research in East and West European welfare and social policy.
The Summer School offers lectures with discussion, assignments and workshops given by European scholars from various disciplines such as sociology, social policy, political science and economics. In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their PhD-projects and to discuss them in small groups with other participants and scholars. Participants obtain 3 ECTS for the Summer School.
This summer school encourages applications from graduate students and researchers at departments of political science, sociology, social policy, economics, and any related disciplines. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered. Some familiarity with the topic is required, such as the completion of an undergraduate degree in the relevant fields. The course will be most suitable for participants who have pursued or intend to pursue independent research on some aspect of the subject.
There is no fee for the participation in the summer school and the organizers will cover the accommodation and lunches. The participants need to fund their travel costs and secure own health insurance for the duration of the stay.
Application deadline: 20 March 2011
For further academic information on the course and on eligibility criteria and funding options please visit the web site http://www.summer.ceu.hu/
Anil Duman, Department of Political Science, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
- Jochen Clasen, Department of Social Policy, University of Edinburgh, UK;
- Caroline de La Porte, Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark;
- Paolo Graziano, Department of Institutional Analysis and Public Management, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy;
- Evelyne Hübscher, Department of Public Policy, Central European University, Hungary;
- Martin Kahanec, Department of Public Policy, Central European University, Hungary;
- Achim Kemmerling, Department of Public Policy, Central European University, Hungary;
- Wim van Oorschot, Department of Sociology, Tilburg University, the Netherlands;
- Michal Polakowski, International Centre for Research and Analysis, Warsaw, Poland;
- Dorota Szelewa, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, Germany;
- Pieter Vanhuysse, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Austria
CEU Summer University
P.O. Box: Budapest 5, P.f.: 1082, H-1245,
(36 1) 327 3811, Fax: (36-1) 327-3124
Apply online at http://apply.embark.com/nondegree/ceu
6th ESPAnet Summer School (Organised jointly with RECWOWE – Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe)
Tensions between work and welfare: Balance and future prospects at the dusk of the Lisbon Strategy
University of Oviedo, 20-28 July 2010
The school targets PhD-students who have started or are about to start a project related to welfare and labour policies in Europe and/or the renewal of the Lisbon Strategy. Topics that will be addressed are the comparative analysis of welfare state and labour market reform/adjustment, EU activities in the social policy field, tensions between work and family life, quality vs. quantity of jobs issues, current challenges for pensions and health care systems, social and labour integration of migrants, income mobility and economic inequality, the role of collective bargaining in reconciling work and welfare, and the impact of the financial crisis.
The Summer School offers lectures with discussion, assignments and workshops given by European scholars from various disciplines such as sociology, social policy, political science and economics. In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their PhD-projects and to discuss them in small groups with other participants and scholars. In sum, students take part in lectures, excursions and discussions.
Further details can be found here
Organizers: Ana M. GuillÉn, Rodolfo GutiÉrrez, MarÍa GonzÁlez
Secretary: Sergio GonzÁlez Begega and RocÍo MillÁn
5th ESPAnet Summer School (Organised jointly with RECWOWE – Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe)
Social Inclusion and Exclusion in a Changing Europe
University of Bremen, 2-11 July 2009
Centre for Social Policy Research (CeS) in cooperation with Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)
The Summer School is targeted at PhD-students who have started, or are about to start, a project which is related to social inclusion and exclusion in Europe. Topics addressed are: contested paradigms of justice, (social) citizenship and migration, income distribution and poverty, shifting borders of financial and social policy, activation policies and risks of exclusion across different fields (i.e. employment, family, health and pensions). Students will learn and discuss causes of social exclusion, the production of exclusion/inclusion through institutional settings and the effects of social exclusion on individuals, groups and society, as well as policies of inclusion in comparative perspective.
The Summer School offers lectures with discussion, assignments and workshops given by European scholars from various disciplines such as sociology, social policy, political science, and economics. The programme will include a methods workshop on measuring social Inclusion/exclusion. In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their personal PhD-project and to discuss it in smaller groups with other participants and scholars. Participants obtain 3 ECTS for the Summer School.
Organizers: Karin Gottschall and Karl Hinrichs
Contact and application: Jan-Ocko Heuer and Philine Weyrauch
ESPAnet ITALY Summer School 2009 (in cooperation with Political Science and Sociology Dept. DISPO at University of Florence)
Comparative Research on Social Policies in Europe. Concepts and Methods
University of Florence, 13-21 July 2009
Local organizer: Valeria Fargion
The Summer School is targeted at post-doc researchers and PhD students who are involved in a research project on European Social Policies. In addition, the Summer School is open to students (second level degree) in their last year that feel a need to broaden and deepen their understanding of comparative socials policy research.
Topics addressed are:
1. methodological problems of comparative research in European social policies with particular reference to the following areas: pensions, healthcare, work-family conciliation policies, new social risks and poverty;
2. how social policy developments are affected by the interplay between sub-national, national and supra-national levels of government;
3. overall reconfiguration of European Welfare States: extent and limits of Europeanization processes.
These issues will be addressed from both theoretically and empirically diversified approaches which aim at providing the participants with an overview of methods, designs and pitfalls of comparative European social policy research.
The Summer School offers lectures with discussion, assignments and workshops given by European Scholars from various disciplines such as political science, sociology and social policy. Teaching staff includes: Jens Alber, Jean-Claude Barbier, Valeria Fargion, Ellen Immergut, Manuela Naldini, David Natali, Costanzo Ranci, Rossana Trifiletti.
In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their personal PhD-project to students and staff, and discuss it in smaller groups with other participants and scholars.
All courses are held in English.
The deadline for applying is 30 April 2009.
For further information, including the provisional program and the application form, please refer to the summer school website.
4th ESPAnet Summer School (Jointly organised with RECWOWE – Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe)
New Risks and New Governance in Europe
University of Utrecht, 8-18 July 2008
The Summer School was targeted at PhD-students who have started, or were about to start, a project on a topic which is related to new social risks resulting from the demographic turn, fluid family relations and flexible labour markets on the one hand and the way these risks are governed on the other hand. Students who felt a need to learn more broadly about: Welfare regimes and social and family policies; Social protection and activation policies in Europe; privatisation of risks and privatised interventions; New governance and decentralisation policies; The role of the EU activities in these fields.
The Summer School offers lectures with discussion, assignments and workshops. In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their personal PhD-project to students and staff. Students take part in lectures, excursions and discussions. Aim of the course is introducing students to the origins and developments of social policy, in principles and practices of benefit systems and social services, in European social policy, in methods of comparative research, and in available quantitative and qualitative data sets. Participants obtain 3 ECTS for the Summer School.
Further details can be found here.
Fee: EUR 300 which includes accomodation.
3rd ESPAnet Summer School
The Territorial Dimensions of Social Policy: Actors, Processes and Outcomes in a Comparative Perspective
University of Urbino, 10-15 September 2007
The Summer School is targeted at PhD-students who have started, or are about to start, a project on a social policy issue related to its territorial dimension, and who feel a need to broaden and deepen their understanding of how welfare states and social policies are undergoing territorially relevant changes. Lectures will tackle with the origin of the changes, their aims, principles and practices, as well as the challenges they are bringing about. These issues will be addressed from both theoretically and empirically diversified approaches, which aim at providing the participants with an overview on methods, designs and pitfalls of comparative social policy research, in relation to the territorial dimension of social policy change as well as of the actors involved in these processes.
More information can be found here.
Organizer: Yuri Kazepov.
Contact: Eduardo Barberis (email@example.com)
2nd ESPAnet Summer school (Organised jointly with RECWOWE – Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe)
Europe, Work, and Welfare
University of Edinburgh, 20-30 June 2007
The Summer School was targeted at PhD-students who have started, or are about to start, a project on a topic which is related to the fields and linkages between employment, labour market and social protection and who feel a need to learn more broadly about: Welfare regimes and labour markets; Social protection and activation policies in Europe; Policies of reconciling work and welfare; The role of the EU activities in these fields; The politics and policies of welfare reform; Designs and pitfalls of comparative analyses, as well the availability of relevant quantitative and qualitative data. The Summer School offers lectures with discussion, assignments and workshops. In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their personal PhD-project to students and staff.
More information can be found here.
The first ESPAnet Summer School
European Comparative Social Policy
Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark, 14-19 August 2006
The Summer School is targeted at PhD-students who have started, or are about to start, a project on a social policy issue, and who feel a need to broaden and deepen their understanding of:
- welfare states and social policies, their origin, aims, principles, and practices, as well as about the challenges they are confronted with at present;
- the methods, designs and pitfalls of comparative social policy research, as well the available quantitative and qualitative data.
A link with further details can be found at the website of Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies: www.ccws.dk