Indian Social Policy Network


Indian Social Policy Network 

Indian Social Policy Network (ISPN) is a scholarly association of academics and researchers who aim to deepen theory and evidence based research on social policy in the India.  A wide-range of subjects ranging from ageing, work-life balance, health, gender, childhood, adolescence and youth, employment policies, capabilities and well-being and comparative welfare studies will come within the purview of the Network.

The newly established network will aim to facilitate academic and research exchange through conferences, workshops and seminars in India and beyond.  ISPN aims to encourage the study of social policy within India and support early career academics and researchers.

Specific Objectives include:

  • Organize workshops and conferences on Indian and comparative social policy.
  • Establish International, National and Local Academic Alliances and Knowledge Networks.
  • Promote the study of Indian social policy nationally and internationally.
  • Support the development of research skills and knowledge amongst doctoral students and early career researchers in India and beyond on social policy.
  • Develop cutting-edge teaching and research material on social policy.
  • Advance the role of evidence based research in policy making, practice and wider public debates.


  • The first ever workshop in collaboration with the Social Policy Association, Development Studies Association, and Participatory Research in Asia titled “Comparative and International Social Policy Theories & Methods: Lessons for Research and Practice in India – What Does Social Policy Mean in the Indian Context? At the O.P. Jindal Global University, NCR Sonipat, Haryana.


  • A symposium ‘Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion in a Changing India – Social Policy between Development and Growth?’ at the 2014 Social Policy Association Conference ‘Social Policy Confronting Change: Resistance, Resilience and Radicalism’, University of Sheffield, UK, July 14th-16th 2014 co-hosted by the Indian and Comparative Social Policy Network and members of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York.




Special Issues

  • Positioning Social Policy Between Development and Growth, eds. Devine, J. Kühner, S. and Nakray, K. (2015) Special Issue in Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy
  • Child Poverty in India, Special Section in Journal of South Asian Development, eds. Nakray, K. Iversen, V. and Joshi, S.


Peer-Reviewed Papers


  1. Kühner, S. and Nakray, K. (2016) India’s Emerging Social Policy Paradigm: Productive, Protective or What?, Journal of Asian Public Policy,
  2. Kühner, S. (2015) ‘Analysing the Productive and Protective Dimensions of Welfare in the Asia-Pacific: Pathways Towards Human Development and Income Equality?’, Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 31(2), 151-173.


To join the ISPN:

Founding Chair: Dr Keerty Nakray, Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, NCR Delhi 131001 (