SPA Annual Conference, 2018. Deadline for Submission of Abstracts Extended Until 9th March


In the Shadow of the 2008 Crisis: Social Policy Ten Years On

11th-13th JULY 2018

Exhibition Centre, University of York, UK.

We are delighted to be hosting the 2018 Social Policy Association Annual Conference at the University of York. The city of York has a social investigative heritage that has profoundly influenced the shape of Social Policy in the UK and beyond. We hope that our 2018 conference will provide continuing inspiration for analysis and debate.

The University of York campus has good transport links from all major UK cities, as well as regional airports (Manchester and Leeds-Bradford).

We look forward to welcoming all our delegates to York in 2018.

The system is now open for the submission of abstracts and proposals for symposia.  We are using a new system for managing submissions. To submit, please click here: [opens in a new tab].


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Confirmed plenary speakers

Eftychia Achtsioglou is Minister of Labour, Social Insurance and Social Solidarity, Greece. She holds a PhD in Law and has published on European Union labour law, labour rights and democracy.

Bea Cantillon is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She has published widely in the areas of poverty, social security, the welfare state and gender and works with a number of organisations on employment and social security issues.

Aditya Chakrabortty is senior economics commentator for The Guardian and an economics writer.

Hartley Dean is Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics, UK. He has published extensively on poverty, social justice and welfare rights including Social Rights and Human Welfare (Routledge, 2015).

We particularly welcome paper proposals that reflect on the conference theme, however interpreted, and hope to encourage debate on some of the following issues:

• Ageing and pension challenges

• Attitudes to welfare

• Austerity and social policy

• Europe, Brexit and social policy

• Housing crisis

• Inequalities at the global, world regional, national and local levels

• International development and social policy

• Migration, labour mobility and social rights

• Poverty and social protection

• Social insecurity and citizenship

• Social divisions of welfare

• Work, employment and unemployment

• Youth transitions and social investment

However, we invite papers on any aspect of social policy within any country/countries of the world and stress that papers from outside the conference theme will be accommodated, as is the usual practice for the SPA annual conferences.

In addition to single papers, we would especially welcome proposals for symposia, whereby three or more papers linked to a particular theme, are submitted together for consideration. Symposia will allow participants to engage more deeply with their special interests and create a space for focused debate on a specific theme. Ideas for symposia will need to be submitted by the panel organiser in the first instance.

For papers, abstracts should be 200-400 words and proposals for symposia should consist of a title and 200 word outline of the aims of the symposium as well as details of both the organiser and contributors’ names and email addresses. All abstracts and symposium proposals will be reviewed by a Programme Committee prior to acceptance.

Abstracts and Symposia proposals can be submitted electronically by clicking here:

The deadline for the submission of abstracts and proposals is: 9th March 2018.


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