Report on ‘Workshop on Comparative and International Social Policy Theories and Methods’: Advances in Research and Practice in International Development Studies and Social Policy
Dates: 24-26 May, 2017
Venue: Willow, Habitat World, at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003
Organized by: Joe Devine (University of Bath, UK), Nick Ellison (University of York, UK), Stefan Kühner (Lingnan University Hong Kong) and Keerty Nakray (Jindal Global Law School, NCR New Delhi)
The workshop marked commitment to continue dialogues between development studies and social policy. Since 2013, a series of collaborative workshops and conference symposia of the UK Social Policy Association, the UK Development Studies Association and the Indian Social Policy Network have been held at the University of Bath (26–27 April 2013), the University of Birmingham (16 November 2013), O.P. Jindal Global University (24–25 March 2014) and the University of Sheffield (14–16 July 2014) asking: What is the Role of Social Policies in Meeting Emerging Global Policy Challenges and What Can Social Policy and International Development Studies Learn from Each Other? This workshop aimed to reach out to the PhD and early career academics who are undertaking research which cuts across the boundaries of development studies and social policy. The organizing team sent out the call for abstracts and received twenty-one abstracts of which twenty were selected of which seventeen participants finally registered for the conference. Of the total participants sixteen attended of these international and national participants. The participants represented a range of universities such as Yonsei University, Lingnan University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and University of Bath. The plenary papers highlighted the intersections between development studies and social policy is necessary to understand the changing nature of welfare states in the advanced capitalist countries and also welfare states in new emerging economies. The papers were diverse in terms of thematic and geographical focus but yet converged on the key challenges to welfare states all across the globe. In conclusion, all participants felt that welfare states are undergoing several landmark changes which need closer academic engagement and collaborations between scholars all across the world. The work undertaken by the Indian Social Policy Network, Social Policy Association and Development Studies Association is critical in bringing scholarly dialogues into the forefront.