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9th REPS: Global Crises and Local Impacts: Public and Community Trends and Responses for Ecosocial Transition

27-27 October 2023. More information:

The University of the Balearic Islands, through the Social Observatory of the Balearic Islands (OSIB) and the Inequalities, Gender and Public Policies Research Group (DGiPP), is proud to be organising the 9th Spanish Social Policy Network (REPS) Conference. Moreover, this year’s edition is a chance to celebrate the event’s first decade!Workshop: Adequate social policy responses for transformational challenges in the Nordic countries and beyond?

ESPAnet – ERC CAPABLE workshop for doctoral students & early career researchers

16 – 17 November 2023, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Gender inequalities in work and care are some of the most persistent social inequalities of the 21st century. These inequalities are often not easily alleviated by social policy, with policies sometimes leading to new inequalities or the exacerbation of existing ones. This workshop focuses on gender inequalities, studying the complex and multifaceted relationships between social policy, gender, work and care. Gender, work, and care are interconnected elements of multiple social policy fields (e.g., care policies, family policies, employment policies, but also others), and deeply influenced by socio-cultural norms, economic and political structures, and governance. What do these inequalities look like and how are they experienced? What makes these inequalities so tenacious? How might social policies address them more effectively?

Nordic ESPAnet-ReNEW workshop for doctoral students & early career researchers

7 – 8 December 2023, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen

This workshop focuses on the extent to which social policies respond adequately to various exogenous and endogenous challenges in the Nordic countries. These challenges include digitalisation, climate change, demographic ageing, and labour shortages. All have the potential to profoundly transform labour markets and welfare states. Digitalisation has, among other issues, prompted new forms of precarious work, which challenge the access to labour and social rights. Transformations in view of mitigating climate change, including in industry and energy policy, require new skills, signifying that some workers may become redundant. Furthermore, energy poverty could become more pronounced in coming years. Demographic ageing puts public finances under pressure, in particular health and, to a lesser extent, pensions. Moreover, labour shortages have emerged, for instance in the welfare and services sectors. This requires a change in migration policies. These and other challenges have intensified discussions on how to balance financial sustainability with social rights and decent jobs in the Nordic countries.

We welcome contributions within these themes drawing on qualitative and/or quantitative evidence from Nordic countries and beyond. We encourage comparative country analyses, but we are also interested in studies focusing on a single country, region or sector.

Please send a 500 word abstract to Anders Weis Christiansen by 22 of September 2023. We will respond to you by mid-October. The final version of your paper to be discussed at the workshop is expected by 24 November 2023. We welcome papers or chapters at all stages of your PhD or post-doc.

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