ESPAnet 2018 conference

30 August – 1 September, 2018, VILNIUS

CALL FOR PAPER ABSTRACTS 16th ESPAnet Conference 2018

The deadline for abstract submission is 19 March 2018.

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: STREAMS

Abstracts should be about 500 words and be submitted only to one conference stream.
Please read details on abstract submission here: Call for abstracts
Please submit your abstract here: Submit abstract

Submissions via conference website only!
Please do not send abstracts to stream convenors!

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


Transformation of European welfare systems:

Challenges, problems and future prospects

30 August – 1 September, 2018

The 16th annual conference of the ESPAnet will be held in Vilnius, hosted by the Vilnius University, Faculty of Philosophy, Institute of Sociology and Social Work. It will be an exciting opportunity 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. For centuries, the welfare state in Europe and elsewhere has been perceived as a source of well-being, social stability, security and solidarity. 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 still persist: Are European welfare systems resilient enough to deal with these new challenges? What does the future hold for European welfare systems?
Lithuania, and its capital Vilnius, offer an excellent venue for the 16th ESPAnet conference. Lithuanian social policy system in many ways resembles the Bismarckian model, which is a fundamental base for the European social model. Vilnius has always been a multicultural city, where historically various European cultures have collided.

We look forward to seeing you in Vilnius in 2018!

Jolanta Aidukaite

On behalf of the Conference Organizing Committee

Who's Speaking?

Zenonas Norkus

Zenonas Norkus

Professor of Comparative Historical Sociology

Caroline de La Laporte

Caroline de La Laporte

Professor in European and comparative welfare governance and policy

Grete Brochmann

Grete Brochmann

Professor of sociology

Ian Gough

Ian Gough

Professor in CASE (Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion)

Lynn Prince Cooke

Lynn Prince Cooke

Professor of Social Policy

Preliminary programme

Thursday, 30 August 2018

# Session Speaker(s) Time Venue
1 Registration ..... 10:30 - 12:30
2 Paper session ..... 12:30 - 14:30
3 Coffee break ..... 14:30 - 15:30
4 Opening session ..... 15:00 - 16:30
5 Plenary session ..... 16:30 - 18:00
6 Welcome reception ..... 18:30 - 20:00

Hosted by

Faculty of Philosophy, Institute of Sociology and Social
Work, Vilnius University

Conference Management:

+370 5 266 76 10