ESPAnet 2020 Online PhD seminars

Following the cancellation announcement of the ESPAnet 2020 conference in Leuven, the ESPAnet board has decided to support PhD students in this critical time by offering a series of online seminars. The goal is for PhD students to have the opportunity to share their research findings, and receive feedback from senior scholars. 

In all cases, contact the stream conveners for information on how to attend the session(s).

Original descriptions of the streams are available here (please note that some streams were combined or cancelled for the online PhD seminars):

Streams 3-4: Big data and digitalisation in social and employment services

Conveners: Minna van Gerven (University of Helsinki, Finland,, Janine Leschke (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark), Magnus Paulsen Hansen (Roskilde University, Denmark) and Stefano Sacchi (Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy)

For more information on how to participate, contact the stream conveners.

Thursday 3rd of September, from 1 PM to 4 PM (CET)

13.00-13:15: Welcome

13:10-13:40: Kristian Bisgaard Haug (Roskilde University, Denmark) Profiling the unemployed: A systematic literature review of how the unemployed has been and are statistically and algorithmically profiled

13:40-14:10: Ulrik B.U. Roehl (Aalborg University, Denmark) Articulations of Automated Decision-making and Good Administration: Opportunities, Risks and Trade-Offs

14:10-14:40: Andy Eric Castillo Patton (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain) Monitoring suicide: A sociological metaanalysis of the results of e-health apps in suicide prevention

14:40-15:10: Rita Griffith (University of Bath, The UK) Universal Credit and automated decision making systems: A case of the digital tail wagging the policy dog?

15:10-15:40: Bryn Hummel (Utrecht University, the Netherlands) The Accessibility of Online Government Services: using the Capability Approach to assess the Accessibility of Childcare Allowances in the Netherlands

15:40-16:00: Closing

Stream 7: Job quality and occupational health in the era of digitization

Conveners: A. Tisch ( & N. Dörflinger (

ESPANET PhD Workshop at the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) in Dortmund, Germany on September 3 , 2020 from 13:00 to 15.30 pm

September 3 , 2020 from 13:00 to 15.30 pm

13.00 – 13.15: Welcome
13.15 – 13.45: Ines Entgelmeier (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany) “Blurring 2.0? The influence of information and communication technologies on interactions between occupational and private life”
13.45 – 14.15: Lisa Kortmann (German Centre of Gerontology, Germany) “Substitutability Potentials of Occupations in the Digital Age. Risks and Prospects for Employees Aged 40 and Above in Germany”
14.15 – 14.45: Prem Borle (Charité Berlin, Germany) – “Digitalisation, health and socioeconomic position at work”
14.45 – 15.15: Lea Milena Franke (KU Leuven, Belgium) – “Connecting at the edge: Commodification and labour control within food-delivery platform work in Belgium”
15.15 – 15.30: Closing remarks

This stream will take place at the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Dortmund, Germany. Those interested in participating (virtually or physically) should get in touch with the stream conveners before July 31st.

Stream 8: Migration, Integration, and the Welfare State

Conveners: Verena Seibel ( and Karen Breidahl (

Medium of contact: Zoom. For more information on how to participate, contact the stream conveners.

September 4th 2020: 10 am to 12 pm

10:00 Marvin Brinkmann “Explaining support for welfare chauvinism – how migrants’ status and citizenship affect natives’ preference to exclude migrants from access to social assistance and unemployment benefits” 
10:30 Marianne Lunardini “The reception of unaccompanied foreign minors (UASC) in the transition from minor to the majority in the Italian system: regional differences and national provisions”
11:00 Andreas Michael Østerby-Jørgensen “Deserving Hukou: How Chinese reason about migrants’ deservingness. “
11:30 Lutz Gschwind “Protected against all odds?  A Mixed-Methods Study on the Risk of Benefit Sanctions for Immigrants in Germany”

Streams 9, 10, 11 and 19: Labour market risks and inequalities

Via Teams (for the link to participate, please contact Kati Kuitto: kati.kuitto[a]

Convenors and senior commentators:
Jochen Clasen (University of Edinburgh), Daniel Clegg (University of Edinburgh), Dirk Hofäcker (University of Duisburg-Essen), Kati Kuitto (Finnish Centre for Pensions), Paul Marx (University of Duisburg-Essen), Jekaterina Navicke (Vilnius University), Linas Tarasonis (Vilnius University)

Wednesday, 2 September 2020 10:00 – 13:00 CEST

10:00 – 10:30 Feminisation of Labour Market Outsiders: Empirical Study on Dualization Theory and Women’s Overrepresentation in Outsider Jobs

Hyojin Seo (University of Kent) 

Commentator: Paul Marx

10:30 – 11:00 Gender and entrepreneurship: main aspects and paradoxes of a women entrepreneur archetype

Carlota Carretero García (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Commentator: Jekaterina Navicke

11:00 – 11:30   Female Human Capital Mismatch: An extension for the British public sector

Yannis Galanakis (University of Kent) 

Commentator: Linas Tarasonis 

11:30 – 12:00   Pause

12:00 – 12:30 Escaping the motherhood trap: Parental leave and childcare help young mothers to avoid NEET risks 

Lynn van Vugt (ROA – Maastricht University) 

Commentator: Dirk Hofäcker

12:30 – 13:00 The time-demands of income replacement benefits in the UK: implications for “activating” working-age recipients

Ceri Hughes (LSE)

Commentator: Daniel Clegg

Stream 12: Preparing pension systems for the future: employment, retirement and wellbeing in later life

Conveners: Aart-Jan Riekhoff (arie.riekhoff(a) or Katja Möhring (moehring(a)
The meeting will be held through Zoom. Those interested in attending the meeting can contact the stream conveners

Date: Friday September 4, 2020
Time: 14:00 – 17:30 CET

Qi Wang – Work/Retirement, Family Relations, and Perceptions on the Pension Regime of Middle-aged Citizens in Urban China
Andreas Weiland – Couples’ careers and women’s financial well-being in later life across Europe
Ellie Suh – Can’t save or won’t save – the role of financial resilience in retirement saving among young British adults.
Ella-Marie Assal – Old age social protection through taxes? A comparison of the distribution effects of taxes on pensions and income from work in the EU
Larissa Nenning – Regulating working-time in Bismarckian pension reforms: The case of partial retirement in Austria and Germany

Senior commentators: Bernhard Ebbinghaus (Oxford University) and Julia Höppner (Universität Kassel) 

Stream 15: Independent living policies for people with disabilities in Europe

Convener: Angela Genova (

Date: Thursday September 4, 2020
Time: TBA

María Gómez-Carrillo de Castro – Implications of a human rights based definition of disability in social policy. Examples from housing and independent living policies

Stream 16: Labour market participation of persons with disabilities – policies and practices

Conveners: Patrizia Aurich-Beerheide (, Finn Amby, Thomas Bredgaard, Jo Ingold & Rik van Berkel

September 3 2020, 10:00-12.00 – Session Policies and Implementation

A comparison between the aims of the UN-Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its implementation in German labour market policy
Susanne Enssen
Commentator: Rik van Berkel

The moral economy of earnings-replacement disability benefits: has there been a normative convergence between Germany and the United Kingdom in recent decades?
Larissa Nenning; Co-Author: Clara Mascaró
Commentator: Patrizia Aurich-Beerheide

The role of external support to employers in the Netherlands promoting the labour market participation of people with disabilities
Laura van Os
Commentator: Thomas Bredgaard

Stream 18: Care Migration in Europe: Policies and Patterns in Live-in Elder Care Circulation

Conveners: Michael Leiblfinger ( and Miloslav Bahna (

Visit to be forwarded to the Zoom meeting (reload page if necessary).

September 2 , 2020 – 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. CET

Chair: Miloslav Bahna, Slovak Academy of Sciences

“The Good Migrant Care Worker”: Subject Construction and Ethnicization in Austrian Live-in Care
Veronika Prieler, Johannes Kepler University Linz (discussant: Oliver Fisher)

Temporariness and Care Migration Experience: A Comparative Study
Petra Ezzeddine, Charles University Prague (discussant: Simone Habel)

Crises as catalysts? The case of Romanian migrant care workers in Italian home-based care arrangements
Marlene Seiffarth, University of Bremen (discussant: Martina Sekulová)

September 2 , 2020 – 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. CET

chair: Michael Leiblfinger, Johannes Kepler University Linz

The Role of Brokering Agencies in Live-in Elder Care Work in Germany
Simone Habel, Phil.-Theol. Hochschule Sankt Georgen (discussant: Marlene Seiffarth)

Institutional and policy reflections of care migration directed towards long-term care abroad in Slovakia
Martina Sekulová, Slovak Academy of Sciences (discussant: Veronika Prieler)

Socio-economic predictors of employing migrant care workers among non-self-sufficient older adults in Marche, Italy
Oliver Fisher, National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing (INRCA), Italy; co- authors Flavia Piccinini, Cristina Gagliardi, and Paolo Fabbietti (discussant: Petra Ezzeddine)

Streams 21-22-23:  (1) Men’s care work and (2) Children and family policies for care

Conveners: Cassandra Engeman ( & Rense Nieuwenhuis (
For more information on how to participate, contact the stream conveners.

Wednesday 2nd September, 10:00 – 12:00 – Session 1: Men’s care work: Is the welfare state ready?

Shared Parental Leave – A catalyst for progressing gender equality or a reinforcement of the status quo? Exploring the impact of SPL on parents’ decision-making dynamics in the UK
Clare Matysova

Couples’ communication and the gender division of family work across the transition to parenthood
Silke Büchau

New Leave Policy for Slovak Fathers: Radical Potential, Mixed Results
Zuzana Dancikova

Wednesday 2nd September, 13:00 – 14:30 – Session 2: Children and family policies for care

Medicalization and Psychologization of early childhood developmental disorders: A factorial approach on public perceptions
Lucas Hamel

Does regional political representation affect the provision of childcare in austria?
Carmen Walenta

Contextual electoral cycles in family policy making: Strategic timing of policy changes in parental, maternity and paternity leave systems.
Felix Wohlgemuth

Stream 25: Gender Equality Policies in research and academia

To sign up for the webinar, or request the paper abstracts, please register by sending an e-mail to

Convenors: Marta Warat, Ewa Krzaklewska & Paulina Sekuła (ACT project; Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Institute of Sociology, ul.Grodzka 52, 31-044 Kraków),,

3 September 2020, 9:00-11:00

Marta Warat, Ewa Krzaklewska, & Paulina Sekuła – Lagging behind or refusing for a good reason? Gender equality measures in Central and Eastern European higher education and research institutions

Lidia Zakowska, Anton Pashkevich, & Zofia Bryniarska – Gender equity needs in transportation education, research and engineering policies

Claudia Schredl – Essentialist Gender Beliefs and Their Role as Barrier towards Institutional Change in Research Performing Organizations in STEM

Magdalena Żadkowska & Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka – The role of awards in STEMM, do we need the special prize for women?

Stream 26: Social Investment and inequality: exploring redistributive dilemmas

Conveners: Marga Léon & Lara Maestripieri (

For more information on how to participate, contact the stream conveners.

September 4, 12.00 – 14.00

Janna Goijaerts – Health inequality in the social investment state

Social policy and its impact on self-rated health: How types of social spending affect health and health inequality
Oda Nordheim

Who are the unworthy and what to do with them? How white middle class Americans solve the moral dilemmas of government benefits
Jacob Didia Jensen

Stream 27: “Public opinions and social policy: How are they related?”

Convener: Nate Breznau

September 3rd (Thursday) from 10am to 12pm

“The Multidimensionality of Public Support for Basic Income: A Vignette Experiment in Belgium”
Arno Van Hootegem

“The legitimacy formation of health care systems: multidimensional perspective on citizens’ perceptions on health care”
Iris Pykäläinen

“Social Hierarchies, Liberalization and Attitudes Toward Redistribution” 
Nguyen, Hung HV, Lisa Heukamp and Nate Breznau

Stream 29: The role of welfare state effort on values, attitudes and social participation

Convener: Tim Reeskens (

For more information on how to participate, contact the stream convener.

Friday 4 September 2020: 13:30-14:45


The Moderating Role of Labour Market Policies for Internal Political Efficacy of the Unemployed. A Cross-National Comparison
Markus Wolf


The Capability Approach and Disadvantaged Youth Participating in a Welfare-to-Work Program: A Mixed-Methods Study
Wendy Wesseling


Not All Men, Nor All Women. The Issue of Gender Identification and Social Spending Preferences in Sweden
Mikael Goossen

Friday 4 September 2020: 15:00-16:15


Solidary but Exclusive? Welfare Chauvinism, Egalitarianism, and Voting for the Populist Radical Right in Europe
Julian Jäger


Structural Barriers and Enablers of Associational Life in Scotland
David Bomark


Shifting the Inclusive Focus Inwards: Social Workers’ and Service Users’ Involvement in Decision-Making in Israeli Public Departments of Social Services
Sharon Razon

Streams 34-36-37: Inequality, Mobility & Social Policy

For more information on how to participate, please contact

Time: Friday 4th September 09:00-13:00

09:00 – 09:35

Wang, Suen: Women’s Political Rights, Global Diffusion of Gender Quotas, and Public Spending on Health and Education, Discussant: Severin Rapp

09:35 – 10:10

Linden, Philipp & Nadine Reibling: Is it the dose that makes the poison? – Opportunities and challenges in the medicalization of unemployment, Discussant: Tautvydas Vencius




Schechtl, Manuel: Taxation of Families and ‘Families of Taxation’? How income taxation and social security contributions modify income inequality between family types across welfare states, Discussant: Philipp Linden


Rapp, Severin: An Asset Perspective in Economic and Social Policy, Discussant: Manuel Schechtl


Bente Jannie Male: Applying accountability lenses and analysing board compostion changes by applying fuzzy-set qualitative comparative method

Stream Descriptions

Towards the establishment of eco-social welfare systems in Europe? Denis Bouget Philippe Pochet Until recently, social welfare systems in Europe were disconnected from ecological concerns and policies. Objectives, instruments and actors in each of these two fields were largely different and disconnected. Today, we are experiencing a historic moment of synthesis: environmental policies are becoming …