CfP Social Policy Association – 50th Anniversary Conference – July 2017

50th Anniversary Conference of the Social Policy Association

Druham University 10-12th of July 2017

Call for Abstracts new deadline: 31st of March 2017

Early Bird Registration Extended to:  15th May 2017

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 nationsRace, 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


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 where you will be asked to register with a valid email address and a password.  However, you can submit a Symposium, Roundtable or Full Session proposal directly to .


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Special panel sessions:

 The European Union, ‘Brexit’ and the implications for social policy in the UK. Schedule of speakers to follow.

 Social Policy in the North East with confirmed speakers Christina Beatty, Sheffield University, Suzanne Moffat, Newcastle University, Rob MacDonald, Teesside University and Jonathan Wistow, Durham University.  Chair: Ted Schrecker, Durham University.


Plenary speakers:

Professor Andrew Sayer, Professor of Social Theory and Political Economy , Lancaster University Inequalities and the future: a wide angle view

Journal of Social Policy and Social Policy & Society Plenary Professor Wolfgang Streeck, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne The neoliberal transformation of capitalist democracy and the ‘European Social Model’

Professor Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, Plenary title to follow.


  • Monday 10th July, 50th Anniversary AGM, and Drinks Reception at Durham Castle sponsored by Policy Press
  • Tuesday 11th July, 50th Anniversary Dinner and Awards Ceremony at Durham University.