ESPAnet 2018

30 August – 1 September, 2018, VILNIUS


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Deadline for payment of conference fee: early bird 30th June, late bird 8 August.
Full papers are due by: 22 of July 2018
Conference date: 30 August- 1 September 2018


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?

Grete Brochmann

Grete Brochmann

Professor of Sociology

Lynn Prince Cooke

Lynn Prince Cooke

Professor of Social Policy

Anton Hemerijck

Anton Hemerijck

Professor of Political Science and Sociology

Caroline de la Porte

Caroline de la Porte

Professor in European and Comparative Welfare Governance and Policy

Zenonas Norkus

Zenonas Norkus

Professor of Comparative Historical Sociology

Preliminary programme

Thursday, 30 August 2018

# Session Speaker(s) Time Venue
1 Registration ..... 10:00 - 12:00 Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University
2 Welcome and Plenary session ..... 12:00 - 13:15 Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University
3 Paper round A ..... 13:30 - 15:30 Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University
4 Coffee break ..... 15:30 - 16:00 Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University
5 Paper round B ..... 16:00 - 18:00 Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University
6 Welcome reception at the Town Hall Vilnius ..... 18:30 - 21:00 Adress: Didžioji str. 31

Hosted by

Institute of Sociology and Social Work
Faculty of Philosophy
Vilnius University

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Conference Management:

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