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JESP/ESPAnet Doctoral Researcher Prize

The Journal of European Social Policy (JESP) and the Network for European Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet) are offering a prize to the best paper by a doctoral researcher presented at any of the ESPAnet conferences, workshops or seminars in 2021 or 2022. The prize-winning paper is provided with high-profile opportunity of publication in JESP, and the winner also receives …

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Virtual ESPAnet Workshop 2022/2023

The Virtual ESPAnet Worksop is an online seminar series in Comparative and European Welfare State Research, hosted by the European Social Policy Network (ESPAnet) and coordinated by Andre’ Walter (Zurich), Cecilia Bruzelius (Tübingen), and Philip Rathgeb (Edinburgh). Our workshop was launched in 2021 to bring together scholars with a common interest in the welfare state …

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Social policy and crises – multiple perspectives ESPAnet Germany doctoral workshop, 16 & 17 March 2023 at WZB Berlin, Germany


European welfare states are at the center of various crises. In contrast to earlier decades, current crises are often not crises of the welfare state, but rather exogenous developments that affect social policy making and/or need to be addressed by social policy measures. These developments include longer‐term political, demographic and macroeconomic trends, e.g. party system …

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7 Doctoral Researcher Positions in Research Training Group at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences

The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications for 7 doctoral researcher positions in its new Research Training Group (RTG) 2513 “Social Dynamics of the Self” (SELF), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). BIGSSS is an international inter-university graduate school in the social sciences, located at the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. …

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Postdoc position: Study families, inequality and social policy at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI)

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Interested in families, inequality and social policy? We are hiring a postdoctoral fellow at the  Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) at Stockholm University.  The position as a postdoc is connected to the comparative social policy research carried out at SOFI ( and part of the project rEUsilience: Risks, Resources and Inequalities: Increasing Resilience in …

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ESPAnet France: Gender and the Welfare State: Understanding, Categorizing and Dealing with Gender (In)equalities

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In connection with the European network EspaNet, the RT 6 of the French Sociology Association organizes a scientific meeting open to all researchers specializing in the analysis of social protection, social policies and solidarity. Next year’s symposium is devoted to gender in social policies.  Gender analysis of the welfare state has made a significant contribution …

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ESPAnet 2022 – Registration reminder

Dear Colleagues, We would like to inform you that the registration for the ESPAnet Vienna 2022 Conference is open and you can register at early bird rate until June 22nd. In order to register to the Conference, please use the following link: Date of ESPANET2022 VIENNA CONFERENCE: Online sessions 12 September 2022 – On site 14 September / 16 September …

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Call for Pitch Your Book Session (ESPAnet Vienna)

Dear colleagues, During the ESPAnet2022 VIENNA CONFERENCE (14-16 September 2022), we would like to offer participants additional opportunities to present their work. During the Pitch your Book sessions, it will be possible to present a book that is published in 2021 or 2022, or a book that will be published later in 2022.  Each pitch will be allocated 10-15 minutes in a series of pitch sessions that will …

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Postdoc Position “The Politics of Labor Market Inequality” – University of Konstanz

Reference Number 2021/XY. The research group “Politics of Labor Market Inequality and Occupational Mobility” as part of the Cluster of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality” invites applications for a postdoctoral position for a duration of 24 months starting in September 2022 (or upon agreement). In principle, this position can be divided into two part-time positions. …

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PhD Position: Public Attitudes Towards Social Inequality and Preferences for Redistribution in the Age of Inequality: Britain and Scotland in Comparative Perspective

This studentship is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS), supervised jointly by Dr Christopher Deeming and Professor Sir John Curtice at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Project details This is a call for a PhD position in Social Policy and Political Science …

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