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.


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Confirmed plenary speakers and summary programme

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.

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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Draft programme released (5th June, 2018)

Below is the first full-draft of our programme outline, followed by a draft of the parallel paper sessions.



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