Call for abstracts

The deadline for abstract submission is closed.
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 23 of April 2018.

Conference Theme: “ Transformation of European welfare systems: challenges, problems and future prospects” 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 still 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 is 19 March 2018.
Abstracts should be about 500 words and be submitted only to one conference stream.
Abstracts are submitted online. Please do not send abstracts to stream convenors!

The online submission form can be found at: Submit abstract
The online submission system will guide you through the submission process.
The following information will be requested:

Contact details: author(s), affiliation and e-mail address
1. Main issue analyzed in the paper (about 100 words):
2. Type of methodology and sources of data/information used for the analysis (about 200 words) (in case the paper is mainly theoretical, please specify so)
3. Main findings expected from the analysis (about 200 words)

All abstracts will be ranked by the stream convenors. The local conference committee makes the final decision. Successful authors will be informed by 16 April 2018.

Deadline for abstract submission: 19 March 2018
Notification of acceptance: 23 April 2018
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


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Faculty of Philosophy
Vilnius University

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