The ESPAnet Summer/Winter Schools are open to doctoral students with projects related to social policy from any discipline. They usually last between 10 and 14 days. Topics covered during summer/winter schools are, for example, the origins and development of social policy, principles and practices of benefit systems and social services, European social policy, methods of comparative research, and the identification and use of available quantitative and qualitative data sets. Students take part in lectures, excursions and discussions. They also present their projects and receive comments from staff and other students.
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Extended dealdine for application: 1 October 2013
The social legitimacy of many welfare states is challenged by economic and social processes that imply pressures to retrench, re-design, and in some areas, to newly develop welfare provisions. In all cases, redistributive questions will be central as to who should be entitled to what kind of provisions and under what conditions. Policy-makers of the new welfare setups will have to reckon with the social legitimacy of their proposals and decisions, since work, care and welfare related attitudes form a socio-political context with a conditioning effect on social policy making, either by ex-ante agenda-setting or by ex-post legitimation. How the public feels about redistributive questions may thus importantly affect the future of welfare.
While traditionally the social legitimacy of welfare tends to be studied with opinions on social rights provision for ‘old social risk’ categories by the state, the emergence of ‘new social risks’, the overall shift from ‘welfare to work’, and the increasing importance of activation and work-care reconciliation policies asks for studies that also analyse opinions in these fields. In addition, with the (neo-liberal) shift from collective to individual/familial responsibility, social policies nowadays increasingly emphasize people’s social obligations, instead of their social rights, which means that welfare legitimacy progressively depends on the public’s acceptance of the new approach to citizen’s accountability.
This winter school seeks to address theoretical, empirical and methodological ideas, insights and challenges relating to research on work, care and welfare attitudes. It invites Ph.D. students and Post-docs to submit and present papers in the field.
Prof. Wim van Oorschot, Centre for Sociological Research CESO, Leuven University, BE
Prof. Bart Meuleman, Centre for Sociological Research CESO, Leuven University, BE
Speakers and commentators
Prof. Stefan Svallfors, University of Stockholm SE
Prof. Olli Kangas, KELA Helsinki, FI
Prof. Helena Blomberg, University of Helsinki, FI
Prof. Christian Staerklé, University of Lausanne
Prof. Christian Albrekt Larsen, Aalborg University, DK
Dr. Staffan Kumlin, Goteborg University, SW
Dr. Tim Reeskens, University of Amsterdam / Leuven University
Dr. Ferry Koster, Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL
Dr. Koen Abts, Leuven University, BE
Prof. Bart Meuleman, Leuven University, BE
Prof. Wim van Oorschot, Leuven University, BE
Organizational coordination and contact person
Marie-Sophie Callens, CEPS, Luxembourg
Please send your application to Marie-Sophie Callens (PhD-researcher) at the Winterschool’s e-mail address: email@example.com
Format of the winter school
This winter school will allow a maximum of 25 PhD and post-doctoral researchers to present their work to colleagues and experienced researchers. It will provide them with a high quality platform for receiving constructive comments from peers and seniors. In addition, there will be presentations by experienced researchers on their latest work in the field.
As a part of the winter school, there will be an introduction and plenary lectures on selected issues of welfare and work related attitudes delivered by the senior researchers. Some of the lectures will deal with substantive issues, while others will focus on methodological and analytical aspects of cross-national and longitudinal analysis of work, care and welfare opinions.
There will be 4/5 groups, working in parallel and each group will meet 3 times for two hours. For each PhD or post-doc paper 60 minutes will be available. A paper is not presented by the author(s), but by one of their peers. (S)he will start the discussion of the paper with a brief summary and comments. This is followed by a first reaction from the author(s) and than by group discussion where senior researchers act as co-commentator and moderator.
Distribution of papers
All papers will be electronically pre-circulated to all participants, at least 3 weeks in advance of the winter school.
Ph.D. and post-doc students are charged a fee of 300,- euro. This pays for organizational costs and facilities, a welcome reception, and a farewell diner.
They will have to arrange their own hotel (a list of hotels to choose from will be made available in due course), and pay their travel and additional meals.
Leuven is well connected to Brussels Airport Zaventem and Charleroi Airport. Direct connections with Brussels train stations are manifold.
Participants will be selected on the basis of the quality of their plans for their papers and the fit to the winter school theme. Please send the plan, including: title of paper and outline (up to 600 words on rationale for the topic, analytical framework, and research strategy/methods used), and if PhD student also: the name of supervisor(s) and brief description of current state of thesis project (e.g. when did you start and when do you aim to finish).
Send your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for application: 1 October 2013
Successful applicants will be notified by 1 October 2013 (second round by 8 October).
The final paper will have to be submitted by 10 January 2014 as word or PDF-file.