SPA Annual Conference, 2018. University of York


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.



You can access our final programme by CLICKING HERE



Confirmed plenary speakers and summary programme

Round table event
Reflections on the conference theme: In the Shadow of the 2008 Crisis: Social Policy Ten Years On.
This Round Table event brings together key figures from our Social Policy Community to reflect on, debate and discuss the present state and future direction of social policy ten years on from the 2008 economic crisis.

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.

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).

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