Nordic ESPAnet workshop for doctoral students: Social Citizenship, Solidarity and Sustainability – The changing landscape of welfare in the Nordic countries

Call for abstracts/papers

Ongoing changes in the Nordic welfare states call for new understanding of social citizenship and solidarity among citizens, communities and societies, as well as social and citizens groups. The Nordic countries are faced with unprecedented structural transformations in the labour market under the fourth industrial revolution (digitalisation, robotisation, automatisation) and stronger global interdependencies (immigration, transnational enterprises, off-shoring of production). Demographic ageing and climate change have intensified discussions on how to bring about social justice in an ecologically and financially sustainable manner. New social movements have mobilised for recognition of their demands and a right to representation in the deliberation of welfare policies. Shifting balances in power between the EU, national, regional and local level of governance have changed how welfare policies are deliberated and implemented. However, the effects are asymmetrical in terms of who has benefitted from these changes and where these processes have increased social inequalities. Nordic welfare states have been unequally affected by such processes of change and also responded differently to them.

We invite papers that address the diverse processes of change the Nordic welfare states and other European countries face in one or more policy area. Both quantitative and qualitative investigations are welcome. Papers may either focus on developments in a single country or adopt a comparative perspective. Papers addressing the Nordic and other European welfare states from a theoretical and conceptual perspective are also welcome.


In order to apply for take a part in the workshop, please send an abstract of 4-500 words to

PhD students are accepted to the workshop will be asked to provide a full paper (5000-8000 words). The paper should be submitted to the organizers and participants ten days prior to the workshop. The participants are expected to present a full paper.

The full paper should be accompanied by information of the research questions, aspects or challenges the participant wish to discuss.

Important dates

Submission deadline for abstracts for the Workshop: 23 November 2020
Deadline for the submission of full research proposals or papers: 1 December 2020 Workshop: 10 December 2020