International Collaboration

Promoting International, Comparative and Global Social Policy

SPA aims to be an outward-looking association. International, comparative and global aspects of social policy, as well as engagement with scholars residing outside of the UK, are at the heart of SPA’s mission and activities.

We are linked to scholarly associations in other countries with whom we have reciprocal arrangements. Below you can find links to their websites, as well as links to the websites of a number of overseas social policy associations, organisations, networks and journals relevant to the international, comparative and global aspects of social policy.

Latest news

  • Finland’s Social Policy Association and UK’s Social Policy Association agreed to a formal International Affiliation (Spring 2018). Finnish SPA endorsed a Formal International Affiliation with UK SPA.

Funding and offers

SPA operates an International Conference Support Scheme to provide financial assistance for improving the SPA’s links with overseas scholars and learned societies and to promote the SPA internationally. Please visit the SPA website for future calls.

We maintain strong links with English-speaking Academic Journals focusing on international, comparative or global social policy:

International collaboration

UK SPA seeks, and welcomes, international engagement with learned societies.

  • Are you a member of a Social Policy Association in a country other than the UK interested in building links with the UK SPA?
  • Are you developing a similar organisation in your country and want to explore possible collaboration with UK SPA with reciprocal membership benefits?

Click here for our document explaining the different types of international collaboration that SPA endorses.

To discuss any aspects of international collaboration with SPA please contact our Executive Committee members assigned with the portfolio of International Relations (Dr Theo Papadopoulos or Dr Antonios Roumpakis). We will be happy to hear from you.

Existing International affiliations and partnerships

SPA maintains longstanding international affiliations and cooperation with the following associations and networks (in alphabetical order).

  • Africa – African Social Policy Association (AFSPA) – The UK SPA supported an inaugural conference by the African Social Policy Association, which was formed by colleagues in Kenya.
  • Australia – Australian Social Policy Association (ASPA) The UK SPA supported the creation of the Australian Social Policy Association. This committed the UK SPA to a reciprocal agreement with ASPA whereby members of each organisation can attend the other’s annual conferences at the membership rate. See also, website of the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.
  • China – Inter-University Consortium for Comparative Social Policy in Greater China – A representative of the SPA Executive Committee attended the inaugural event of this new research cluster.
  • East Asia – East Asian Social Policy Research Network (EASP) – The UK SPA and EASP signed a reciprocal agreement during the first joint EASP/UK SPA annual conference at the University of York in July 2012.
  • Finland – Social Policy Association – Since Spring 2018 Finnish SPA endorsed a Formal International Affiliation with UK SPA.
  • India – Indian Social Policy Network (ISPN) The SPA has actively supported the creation of a social policy network in India and co-organised a series of collaborative workshops and conferences.

SPA continues to have constructive dialogue with social policy associations and networks in a wide range of countries and regions, and encourages colleagues from overseas to contact us to discuss reciprocal arrangements or other forms of collaboration. We maintain links with the following learned societies and networks (in alphabetic order)

SPA also maintain links with organisations focusing on international, comparative or global social policy:

Finally, members of the SPA’s International and Comparative Social Policy (ICSP) special interest group meet during the annual conference to discuss issues pertaining to the promotion of International, Comparative and Global Social Policy.