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. 

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 (, Janine Leschke, Magnus Paulsen Hansen and Stefano Sacchi

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

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

Profiling the unemployed: A systematic literature review of how the unemployed has been and are statistically and algorithmically profiled
Kristian Haug

Articulations of Automated Decision-making and Good Administration: Opportunities, Risks and Trade-Offs
Ulrik B.U. Roehl

Monitoring suicide: A sociological metaanalysis of the results of e-health apps in suicide prevention
Andy Eric Castillo Patton

The digitalisation of social security in the UK: case of Universal Credit
Rita Griffiths

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 (

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

September 4th 2020: 10 am to 12 pm

Presenters: Marvin Brinkmann, Marianne Lunardini, Andreas Østerby-Jørgensen, and Lutz Gschwind

Senior commentators: Karen Breidahl and Verena Seibel
Medium of contact: Zoom

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

Stream coordination (please contact for information on how to participate)
Kati Kuitto (Finnish Centre for Pensions)

Convenors and senior commentators:
Jochen Clasen (University of Edinburgh), Daniel Clegg (University of Edinburgh), Werner Eichhorst (IZA – Institute of Labour Economics), Dirk Hofäcker (University of Duisburg-Essen), Kati Kuitto (Finnish Cen-tre for Pensions), Paul Marx (University of Duisburg-Essen), Jekaterina Navicke (Vilnius University), Linas Tarasonis (Vilnius University)


10:00 – 10:30 The time-demands of income replacement benefits in the UK: implications for “activating” working-age recipients
Ceri Hughes (LSE)

10:30 – 11:00 The Belgian service voucher scheme: a success story?
Jarmila Oslejova (University of Antwerp)

11:00 – 11:30 Escaping the motherhood trap: Parental leave and childcare help young mothers to avoid NEET risks
Lynn van Vugt (ROA – Maastricht University)

11:30 – 11:45 Pause

11:45 – 12:15 Problematising the role engagement with technologies plays in transitions of young people identified as ‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’ (NEET) in Scot-land
Dorota Szpakowicz (University of Strathclyde)

12:15 – 12:45 The UK Campaign for the Living Wage: Employer Adoption and Experiences
Calum Carson (Leeds University Business School)


13:30 – 14:00 Feminisation of Labour Market Outsiders: Empirical Study on Dualization Theory and Women’s Overrepresentation in Outsider Jobs
Hyojin Seo (University of Kent)

14:00 – 14:30 Female Human Capital Mismatch: An extension for the British public sector
Yannis Galanakis (University of Kent)

14:30 – 15:00 Flexible working policies and work-life balance capabilities: a comparison between Slovenia and Sweden Samuel Briones (Utrecht University)

15:00 – 15:15 Pause

15:15 – 15:45 Tensions between national and organisational-level flexible work arrange-ments in familialist countries
Carla Brega Baytelman (Utrecht University)

15:45 – 16:15 Gender and entrepreneurship: resistances and self-image in the discourse of young women entrepreneurs
Carlota Carretero García (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

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: TBC

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 TBC and are also welcome to contact the stream conveners themselves

Stream 15: Independent living policies for people with disabilities in Europe Convener: Angela Genova (

Date: Thursday September 4, 2020
Time: TBS

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, 10:00-11.30 – 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

September 3 2020, 11.45-13.15 – Session Patterns of labour market integration

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

Disability-related employment loss in the United Kingdom: how does its operationalisation influence substantive findings?
Clara Mascaro
Commentator Jo Ingold

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

Conveners: Michael Leiblfinger ( and Miloslav Bahna (
Please For more information on how to participate, contact the stream conveners.

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 Ezzedine, 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 Ezzedine)

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

In the Margins of Gender Equality: Ethnicity and Family Roles in Social Assistance Assessments
Klara Hussénius

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 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

“The role of felt economic inequalities in the formation of political preferences taxed fairly? comparing preferences for in- and out-group taxation”
Licia Bobzien

“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: Miscellaneous

Conveners: Petra Sauer et al.

Time: TBA

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

Virus Vulnerability: Private and Public Safety Nets in Pandemics
Severin Rapp

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

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

Making hidden populations visible – Consuming illicit drugs as a phenomenon of youth delinquency
Daniel Schubert

Patterns Of Intergenerational Social Mobility In Lithuania
Tautvydas Vencius

Unemployed + Ill = More deserving? A factorial approach on the influence of medicalization and psychologization on public deservingness perceptions
Philipp Linden

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 …