2017 Conference

Social Policy Association Annual Conference 2017

10th – 12th July 2017

Conference Theme: Social Inequalities: Research, Theory and Policy

The School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University welcomes SPA Conferences in 2017 and 2018.

The theme for 2017: at a time when income inequality is rising in most countries, and differences between countries remain huge, the social significance of these inequalities is of fundamental importance to societies and therefore research. Following the referendum results, debates on inequalities in the UK and Europe will have implications for a wide range of theoretical debates such as citizenship, migration, social cohesion, gender, ethnicity and equality of opportunity to name a few, while inequalities also cut across all policy areas from housing to health and education to crime.

What is the role for policy? How can it be used to reduce, or at least limit, the effects of inequalities? Is this even a desirable strategy given the very real inequities that exist within and between nations within a seemingly increasingly fragile status quo? How inequalities are viewed tells us a lot about different political, ideological and critical standpoints. We look forward to unpacking these issues in Durham in 2017 with you.

Call for Papers

50th Anniversary Conference of the Social Policy Association

Durham University, Monday 10th to Wednesday 12th July, 2017

Submit an Abstract or Proposal for a Symposium: Please note that this year, once again, we will be using the Easychair conference system for abstract submissions. The Easychair website for the SPA 2017 conference is https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=spa2017 where you will be asked to register with a valid email address and a password. The final deadline for submissions will be Tuesday 28th February 2017.

Conference Title: Social Inequalities: Research, Theory, and Policy

In this the 50th year of the Social Policy Association we are drawing upon the ongoing analysis, challenges and opportunities for social policy research and education. At a time when income inequality is rising in most countries, and differences between countries remain huge, the social significance of these inequalities is of fundamental importance to societies and therefore research. We welcome proposals for papers and symposia which address this topic through the themes below and consider these with reference to teaching and research.

  • Inequality and social justice; national, local and global perspectives
  • Political landscapes; regions and nations
  • Race, ethnicity and migration
  • Women, social policy and the mixed economy of welfare and work
  • Learning and teaching; representing and recruiting to social policy courses and degrees
  • Change, challenge and continuity in health and social care
  • Open stream for papers not covered in the themes above

Monday 10th July, 50th Anniversary AGM, Awards and Drinks Reception at Durham Castle sponsored by Policy Press.

Tuesday 11th July, 50th Anniversary Dinner and Local Entertainment, Beamish Museum.