ESPAnet 2021 – Call for stream proposals

The organising committee of the ONLINE ESPAnet 2021 conference in Leuven invites you to send proposals for conference streams by 1 December 2020

NB: As you may know, the ESPAnet Annual Conference 2020 in Leuven was cancelled due to COVID-19. In case you had submitted a stream proposal to this conference, you may want to resubmit it to the ONLINE ESPAnet 2021 conference. When using this option, please bear in mind that your proposal will nevertheless be subject to a new selection procedure covering all stream submitted proposals. This means that if your proposal was selected earlier, there is no guarantee that it will be selected again, for instance for reasons of space and academic balance. 

Before submitting, please read the following information very carefully! You can submit your stream proposal by sending an email using this link (or to:


For inspiration, we provide a list of suggestions for stream themes below. Proposals for stream themes may of course differ from these suggestions. Generally, we welcome streams that incorporate a gender and diversity perspective. Additionally, we particularly invite stream proposals on the topics that are central to the two keynotes speeches of the ONLINE ESPAnet 2021 conference:

The Automaton The application of Big Data, AI, algorithms and Automatic Decision Making (ADM) in social policy administration

Nature’s Conditions Social policy and social inequalities in the context of climate change and energy transition

Responsibilities of stream convenors

  • Stream convenors are responsible for one or more paper sessions organised within a particular stream.
  • Stream convenors are responsible for evaluating all abstracts submitted to their stream and to select and prioritize them for inclusion in their session(s).
  • The number of sessions and accepted abstracts per stream is decided by the local organising committee.
  • Stream convenors are not allowed to present a paper in their own stream, not even as a co-author.
  • Stream convenors are not allowed to restrict their streams to papers from their own projects or networks.
  • In the run-up to the conference, stream convenors will participate in an online training workshop to get acquainted with the online platform that is used for the conference
  • Stream convenors are acting as moderators of their online sessions at the conference (in each session there will a technical supporter available, so that the moderator can concentrate on the contents of the session).

Suggestions for stream themes (all in relation to social policy)

  1. Climate change
  2. Energy transition
  3. Automatic Decision Making (big data, algorithms)
  4. Digitization of work
  5. Diversity (gender, ethnic,…)
  6. Labour market developments
  7. Old age
  8. Unemployment
  9. Work-Care reconciliation
  10. Sickness and disability
  11. Care
  12. Activation, work-reinsertion
  13. Income protection
  14. Family
  15. Housing
  16. Education
  17. Health
  18. Social investment
  19. Social administration
  20. Regional/local social policy
  21. European social policy
  22. Welfare states around the globe
  23. Cultural and social values
  24. Welfare attitudes
  25. Methodologies for (comparative) social policy analysis
  26. Open stream(s)

Format of the proposal

Stream proposals can be submitted as Word or PDF document. They should not exceed one page and need to include:

  1. A stream title with an indication to which stream theme they relate (see above) or whether a stream theme is proposed that differs from the list above.
  2. A short description of the stream theme, including a description of the topics and/or types of papers that are expected (max 300 words).
  3. Full contact details of the stream convenor/s (with a maximum of three convenors per stream): Name/s, affiliation, postal address, phone number, e-mail. If possible, please indicate a main contact person.


Acceptance of proposals: The local organising committee will send out information about accepted proposals by 25 January 2021

If you have any questions regarding the conference please check or contact  

We look forward to receiving many exciting stream proposals for next year’s ONLINE ESPAnet 2021 conference.