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Listed below you can find links which are grouped by the following categories:

  • EU-level and European research
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  • Political science
  • Economic science
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EU-level and European Research Links

RECWOWE ‘Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe’

EDACWOWE ‘European Meta-Data-Shell for Work and Welfare’

QoG Social Policy Data ‘Quality of government Social Policy Dataset’

COST A 13 Action ‘Changing Labour Markets, Welfare Policies and Citizenship’

COST A 15 Action ‘Reforming Social Protection Systems in Europe’

WRAMSOC Welfare Reform and the Management of Societal Change

IMPACT The Housing Dimension of Welfare reform

SOCCARE European Research Project of Informal and Formal Social Care Arrangements for Young Children and Older People

The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

The European Observatory on Health Care Systems
l’Observatoire social europÉen

Social Policy Links

RC19 ISA Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy

SPA UK Social Policy Association

ISPA Irish Social Policy Association

ESPR European Social Policy Research Network (ESA)

OECD Social policy division

The Centre for Voluntary Action Studies

CSB Center for Social Policy

Evidence Network

SPNet Social Policy Net

Politiques sociales Social Policy Net

RT6 Réseau de l’Association française de sociologie (in French)

JASPS Japan Association of Social Policy Studies

Sociological Links

ISA International Sociological Association

ESA European Sociological Association

ECSR European Consortium for Sociological Research

ASA American Sociological Association

BSA British Sociological Association

FES FederaciÓn EspaÑola de SociologÍa (in Spanish)

DGS Deutsche Gesellschaft fÜr Soziologie (in German)

ÖGS Österreichische Gesellschaft fÜr Soziologie (in German)

VVS Vlaamse Vereniging voor Sociologie (in Dutch)

NSV Nederlandse Sociologische Vereniging (in Dutch)

DSF Dansk Sociologforening (in Danish)

SSA Sveriges Sociologförbund (in Swedish)

Westermarck Society (Finnish sociological association)

Political Science Links

ECPR European Consortium for Political Research

IPSA International Political Science Association

APSA American Political Science Association

NOPSA Nordic Political Science Association

PSA Political Studies Association of the UK

EPSNET Political Science in Thematic Network

ÖGPW Österreichische Gesellschaft fÜr Politikwissenschaft (in German)

Economic Science Links

ESA Economic Science Association

EEA European Economic Association

AEA American Economic Association

EALE European Association Of Law and Economics

ENEPRI The European Network of Economic Policy Research Institutes

IEA International Economic Association

CEPR Center for Economic Policy Research

NOeG Austrian Economic Association

Specific Research Interest Links

FISS Foundation for International Studies on Social Security

EISS European Institute of Social Services (University of Kent)

EISS European Institute of Social Security

ISSA International Social Security Association

ENDS European Network on Disability Studies

GLADNET Global Applied Disability Research and Information Network

NNDR Nordic Network on Disability Research

IPRN International Pensions Research Network
CPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance

Miscellaneous Links

Social Policy Digest (mainly UK focus, and featuring a section on social policy developments in Europe)

JISC mail National Academic Mailing List Service

Sociosite Wide collection of links to sociology sites around the world

SPVL Social Policy Virtual Library

ASPEN Active Social Policies European Network

Sozialpolitik aktuell (in German)

MISSOC Mutual Information System on Social Protection in the Member States of the European Union (situation 2002) Social Sciences Resources

Online PhD Social Sciences Resources

Resources for Sociology at the University of New England

International Reform Monitor Social Policy, Labour Market Policy, Industrial Relations

Country links

ESPAnet’s National and Regional Associations list here.



STAKES National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health

KELA The Social Insurance Institution of Finland

ETK The Central Pension Security Institute

STKL Finnish Federation for Social Welfare and Health

VATT Government Institute for Economic Research


CREST Center for Research in Economics and Statistics

Protection sociale, politiques sociales et solidarités. Working papers du RT6 (AFS)




CBS Statistics Netherland

SISWO Network Organisation for the Social Sciences

SCP Social and Cultural Planning Office of the Netherlands


Poliwelfare Economic, social and political sustainability of social health care systems

United Kingdom:

DSS Department for Work and Pensions