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21th Annual ESPAnet conference

‘Challenges for the welfare state in turbulent times’

Warsaw, 7-9 September 2023

Main organiser: Anna Kurowska

20th Annual ESPAnet conference

‘Social Policy Change between Path Dependency and Innovation’.

14-16 September 2022, Vienna

Organizer: Yuri Kazepov And Ruggero Cefalo       

19th Annual ESPAnet Conference

Up for the Future? Social policies in challenged societies

31 August – 3 September 2021 – Leuven / Online

Organizer: Wim van Oorschot


18th Annual ESPAnet Conference

Online PhD seminars (instead of the regular conference, due to Covid-19).

2-4 September 2020, Online

 Organizer: Wim van Oorschot      

17th Annual ESPAnet Conference

Migration and Conflict – Equality and opportunity in European welfare states.

5- 7  September 2019, Stockholm

Organizers: Kenneth Nelson and Rense Nieuwenhuis SOFI Stockholm University


16th Annual ESPAnet Conference

Transformation of European Welfare Systems: Challenges, Problems and Future Prospects.

30 August – 1 September 2018, Vilnius University, Lithuania

Hosted by: Institute of Sociology and Social Work, Vilnius University, Lithuania

Oragnizer: Jolanta Aidukaite


15th Annual ESPAnet conference

New Horizons of European Social Policy: Risks, Opportunities and Challenges

September 14-16, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal

Hosted by: Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas  (ISCSP) Universidade de Lisboa

Organizer: Romana Xerez


14th Annual ESPAnet conference

Re-inventing the Welfare State? Pathways to Sustainability, Equality and Inclusion in European Welfare States

1- 3 September 2016 Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Organizer: Menno Fenger


13th Annual ESPAnet conference


3-5 September 2015, Odense Denmark

Organizer: Klaus Petersen


12th Annual ESPAnet conference

Beyond the Crisis in Europe – New Opportunities for reconciling sustainability, equality and economic robustness

4-6 September 2014, Oslo, Norway

The Conference website has been closed

Organisers: Bjørn Hvinden and Ivan Harsløf Oslo Metropolitan University

11th Annual ESPAnet conference

Social Policy and Economic Development

5-7 September 2013, Poznan University of Economics, Poland

For more information, please visit the conference homepage.

Organiser: Piotr Michon

10th Annual ESPAnet conference

10 Years of ESPAnet – The Anniversary Conference

6-8 September 2012, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

For more information, please visit the conference homepage.

Organiser: Jochen Clasen

9th Annual ESPAnet conference

Sustainability and transformation of European Social Policy

8-10 September 2011, Polibienestar Research Institute and the Department of Social Work and Social Services, University of Valencia, Spain

For more information, please visit the conference homepage.

Organiser: Jorge Garces

8th Annual ESPAnet conference

Social Policy and the Global Crisis: Consequences and Responses

2-4 September 2010, Budapest, Hungary

For more information, please visit the conference homepage.

Organiser: Dorottya Szikra

7th Annual ESPAnet conference

The future of the welfare state

17-19 September 2009, Institute of Sociology, University of Urbino, Italy

For more information, please visit the conference homepage.

Organiser: Yuri Kazepov

6th annual ESPAnet conference

Cross-border Influences in Social Policy

18-20 September 2008, Helsinki, Finland, in cooperation with the Finnish Social Policy Association

Organiser: Mikko Kautto

5th annual ESPAnet conference

Social Policy in Europe: Changing Paradigms in an enlarging Europe?

20-22 September 2007, Department of Social Policy, Institute of Economics, Vienna, Austria

4th annual ESPAnet conference

Transformation of the Welfare State: Political Regulation and Social Inequality

21-23 September 2006, Centre of Social Policy Research (ZeS) and Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS), University of Bremen, Germany

For more information, please visit the conference website.

3rd annual ESPAnet conference

Making Social Policy in the Post-industrial Age

22-24 September 2005, Department of Social Work and Social Policy, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

2nd annual ESPAnet conference

European Social Policy: meeting the needs of a new Europe

9-11 September 2004, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Oxford, UK

For more information, please contact Teresa Smith.

1st annual ESPAnet conference

Changing European Societies – The Role for Social Policy

13-15 November 2003, Danish National Institute of Social Research (SFI), Copenhagen, Denmark.