Past Summer/Winter schools

EDAC-ESPAnet Winter SCHOOL (for pre- AND post-docs) Centre for Sociological Research CESO

The Social Legitimacy of the Welfare State: Welfare, work and care attitudes in cross-national and longitudinal perspective

3-7 February 2014, University of Leuven, Belgium

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.

 

Organizers

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: edacwinterschool2014@gmail.com

 

Format of the winter school

Aim

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.

Lectures

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.

Paper sessions

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.

Finance

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.

Location

Leuven is well connected to Brussels Airport Zaventem and Charleroi Airport. Direct connections with Brussels train stations are manifold.

Application

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: edacwinterschool2014@gmail.com

 

Deadline for application:  1 October 2013

Successful applicants will be notified by 1 October 2013 (second round by 8 October).

 

Final papers

The final paper will have to be submitted by 10 January 2014 as word or PDF-file.


ESPAnet-ReFlect-EDAC

Summer School 2012

Flexibility and Security: Challenges to Modern Labour Markets and Social Protection in Europe

Tilburg University, The Netherlands, 1-6 July

Theme of the Summer School

The future of European societies will strongly depend on the realisation of dynamic and inclusive labour markets, with access of all to decent and productive jobs, avoiding segmentation and dualisation. At the same time, collective arrangements for social security, pensions, and welfare are necessary vehicles for social participation and cohesion.

At societal level, the challenge is to overcome the inherent tension and possible zero sum game between on the one hand the increasing flexibility, dynamism and efficiency orientation of present day labour markets, and on the other hand the pressing need for social protection and social order. At the level of the labour market the challenge is to deal with possible tensions between various groups: insiders versus outsiders, old versus new generations, higher and lower educated, and domestic workers versus migrant workers. Moreover, current labour markets still display a gender bias with respect to terms of employment and employment opportunities. At the  level of  work organisations, with the employment contract at its core, a tension exists between the need for added value, performance and productivity,  and the need for legitimate and fair arrangements for income and employment security. At the level of individual workers and their families, tensions regard the reconciliation of work and care as a basic requierement for citizens’ well-being.

At all levels, the balance between flexibility and security, between modern labour markets and welfare arrangements, is among the most pressing challenges for the EU and its member states.  

Participants

We invite PhD students with projects that deal with issues on or related to the Summer School theme to apply for participation. We value a multi-disciplinary setting and welcome students from a range of academic disciplines, like sociology, economy, law, political science and (European) social policy. National, as well as cross-national projects are welcomed, theoretical as well as empirical projects, and projects may be based on quantitative or qualitative methodologies.

What’s on offer

The Summer School offers lectures with discussions, assignments and workshops, all presented and supervised by renowned scholars from various disciplines such as sociology, social policy, economics, organisation studies, HRM and labour law. In addition, participating students will have the opportunity to present their PhD-projects and to discuss them in small groups with other participants and scholars. PhD students thus get individual feedback to their projects. The maximum number of participants is 25.

Lecturers

Ton Wilthagen, Ruud Muffels, Jan van Ours, Wim van Oorschot, René Schalk, Heejung Chung, Janine Leschke, Charissa Freese, Sonja Bekker and others.

All lectures will be held in English.

Venue Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands
Date 1-6 July 2012 (1 July arrival day)
Credits Certificate of participation
Fee The course Fee is 250 Euro. This includes: welcome drink, social  program, goodbye dinner and excursion. Travelling expenses and accommodation is not included, but at one’s own expense.


Applications for admission must include

§  A current resume/curriculum vitae;

§  A statement of academic interests and professional goals;

§  An abstract of your research (before 1 April 2012) and, once accepted to the Summer School, a research paper (before 1 June 2012).

 

Contact person: Ms. Chantal Dohmen at ReFlecT (c.c.dohmen@uvt.nl)

Website: www.tilburguniversity.edu/reflect

Send your application to c.c.dohmen@uvt.nl (before 1 April 2012)

Supporting organisations

ReflecT, EDAC and ESPAnet


Summer School ESPAnet Italia 2011

Family and Care Policies in Changing Societies

Politecnico di Milano, 23-28 September 2011

The Summer School is dedicated to the analysis and close examination of Family and Care Policies in contemporary Europe in a comparative perspective. Specific attention will be devoted  to the relationship between social and demographic shifts,  families structures and labour market transformations and public policies adjustment processes.
The Summer School is organized and supervised by Prof. Costanzo Ranci (Politecnico di Milano) and Prof. Manuela Naldini (University of Turin) and will take place in Milan, Politecnico di Milano, Campus Leonardo, from 23-28 Sepember 2011.
The Politecnico di Milano will host the Italian Espanet Conference 2011 that will take place at the same venue from 29 September to 1 October 2011.

The working language is English.

For more information, please visit http://www.espanet-italia.net/summerschool2011/


7th ESPAnet Summer School (Organised jointly with RECWOWE - Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe)

Welfare states of Eastern and Western Europe

Central European University, Budapest, 27 June - 8 July 2011

CALL OPEN -- DEADLINE 20 March -- A pdf version of the call can be downloaded here.

The school targets PhD-students who have started or are about to start a project related to welfare and social policy in Eastern and Western Europe. Topics that will be addressed are the comparative analysis of welfare state and social policy reform, role of social actors, policies for work and welfare reconciliation, social protection, immigrant integration, welfare regimes and labor markets. The course also aims to address methodological issues of comparative research in East and West European welfare and social policy.

The Summer School offers lectures with discussion, assignments and workshops given by European scholars from various disciplines such as sociology, social policy, political science and economics. In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their PhD-projects and to discuss them in small groups with other participants and scholars. Participants obtain 3 ECTS for the Summer School. 

This summer school encourages applications from graduate students and researchers at departments of political science, sociology, social policy, economics, and any related disciplines. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered. Some familiarity with the topic is required, such as the completion of an undergraduate degree in the relevant fields. The course will be most suitable for participants who have pursued or intend to pursue independent research on some aspect of the subject.

There is no fee for the participation in the summer school and the organizers will cover the accommodation and lunches.  The participants need to fund their travel costs and secure own health insurance for the duration of the stay.
Application deadline: 20 March 2011
For further academic information on the course and on eligibility criteria and funding options please visit the web site http://www.summer.ceu.hu/

Course Director:

Anil Duman, Department of Political Science, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Additional Faculty:

  • Jochen Clasen, Department of Social Policy, University of Edinburgh, UK;
  • Caroline de La Porte, Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark;
  • Paolo Graziano, Department of Institutional Analysis and Public Management, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy;
  • Evelyne Hübscher, Department of Public Policy, Central European University, Hungary;
  • Martin Kahanec, Department of Public Policy, Central European University, Hungary;
  • Achim Kemmerling, Department of Public Policy, Central European University, Hungary;
  • Wim van Oorschot, Department of Sociology, Tilburg University, the Netherlands;
  • Michal Polakowski, International Centre for Research and Analysis, Warsaw, Poland;
  • Dorota Szelewa, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, Germany;
  • Pieter Vanhuysse, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Austria

Contact:
CEU Summer University
P.O. Box: Budapest 5, P.f.: 1082, H-1245,
(36 1) 327 3811, Fax: (36-1) 327-3124
E-mail: summeru@ceu.hu
Skype: ceu-sun
Apply online at http://apply.embark.com/nondegree/ceu


6th ESPAnet Summer School (Organised jointly with RECWOWE - Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe)

Tensions between work and welfare: Balance and future prospects at the dusk of the Lisbon Strategy

University of Oviedo, 20-28 July 2010

The school targets PhD-students who have started or are about to start a project related to welfare and labour policies in Europe and/or the renewal of the Lisbon Strategy. Topics that will be addressed are the comparative analysis of welfare state and labour market reform/adjustment, EU activities in the social policy field, tensions between work and family life, quality vs. quantity of jobs issues, current challenges for pensions and health care systems, social and labour integration of migrants, income mobility and economic inequality, the role of collective bargaining in reconciling work and welfare, and the impact of the financial crisis.

The Summer School offers lectures with discussion, assignments and workshops given by European scholars from various disciplines such as sociology, social policy, political science and economics. In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their PhD-projects and to discuss them in small groups with other participants and scholars. In sum, students take part in lectures, excursions and discussions.

Further details can be found here

Organizers: Ana M. GuillÉn, Rodolfo GutiÉrrez, MarÍa GonzÁlez
Secretary: Sergio GonzÁlez Begega and RocÍo MillÁn


5th ESPAnet Summer School (Organised jointly with RECWOWE - Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe)

Social Inclusion and Exclusion in a Changing Europe

University of Bremen, 2-11 July 2009

Centre for Social Policy Research (CeS) in cooperation with Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)
The Summer School is targeted at PhD-students who have started, or are about to start, a project which is related to social inclusion and exclusion in Europe. Topics addressed are: contested paradigms of justice, (social) citizenship and migration, income distribution and poverty, shifting borders of financial and social policy, activation policies and risks of exclusion across different fields (i.e. employment, family, health and pensions). Students will learn and discuss causes of social exclusion, the production of exclusion/inclusion through institutional settings and the effects of social exclusion on individuals, groups and society, as well as policies of inclusion in comparative perspective.
The Summer School offers lectures with discussion, assignments and workshops given by European scholars from various disciplines such as sociology, social policy, political science, and economics. The programme will include a methods workshop on measuring social  Inclusion/exclusion. In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their personal PhD-project and to discuss it in smaller groups with other participants and scholars. Participants obtain 3 ECTS for the Summer School.

Organizers: Karin Gottschall and Karl Hinrichs
Contact and application: Jan-Ocko Heuer and Philine Weyrauch


ESPAnet ITALY Summer School 2009 (in cooperation with Political Science and Sociology Dept. DISPO at University of Florence)

Comparative Research on Social Policies in Europe. Concepts and Methods

University of Florence,  13-21 July 2009

Local organizer: Valeria Fargion

The Summer School is targeted at  post-doc researchers and PhD students who are involved in a research project on European Social Policies. In addition, the Summer School is open to students (second level degree) in their last year that feel a need to broaden and deepen their understanding of comparative socials policy research.

Topics addressed are:

   1. methodological problems of comparative research in European social policies with particular reference to the following areas: pensions, healthcare, work-family conciliation policies, new social risks and poverty;

   2. how social policy developments are affected by the interplay between sub-national, national and supra-national levels of government;

   3. overall reconfiguration of European Welfare States: extent and limits of Europeanization processes.

These issues will be addressed from both theoretically and empirically diversified approaches which aim at providing  the participants with an overview of methods, designs and pitfalls of comparative European social policy research.

The Summer School offers lectures with discussion, assignments and workshops given by European Scholars from various disciplines such as political science, sociology and  social policy. Teaching staff includes: Jens Alber, Jean-Claude Barbier, Valeria Fargion, Ellen Immergut, Manuela Naldini, David Natali, Costanzo Ranci, Rossana Trifiletti.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their personal PhD-project to students and staff, and discuss it in smaller groups with other participants and scholars.

All courses are held in English.

The deadline for applying is 30 April 2009.

For further information, including the provisional program and the application form, please refer to the summer school website.


4th ESPAnet Summer School (Jointly organised with RECWOWE - Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe)

New Risks and New Governance in Europe

University of Utrecht, 8-18 July 2008

The Summer School was targeted at PhD-students who have started, or were about to start, a project on a topic which is related to new social risks resulting from the demographic turn, fluid family relations and flexible labour markets on the one hand and the way these risks are governed on the other hand. Students who felt a need to learn more broadly about: Welfare regimes and social and family policies; Social protection and activation policies in Europe; privatisation of risks and privatised interventions; New governance and decentralisation policies; The role of the EU activities in these fields.

The Summer School offers lectures with discussion, assignments and workshops. In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their personal PhD-project to students and staff. Students take part in lectures, excursions and discussions. Aim of the course is introducing students to the origins and developments of social policy, in principles and practices of benefit systems and social services, in European social policy, in methods of comparative research, and in available quantitative and qualitative data sets. Participants obtain 3 ECTS for the Summer School.

Further details can be found here.

Organizer: Trudie Knijn (G.C.M.Knijn@uu.nl)
Contact and applications: Judith Raven (raven@fsw.eur.nl)

Fee: EUR 300 which includes accomodation.


3rd ESPAnet Summer School

The Territorial Dimensions of Social Policy: Actors, Processes and Outcomes in a Comparative Perspective

University of Urbino, 10-15 September 2007

The Summer School is targeted at PhD-students who have started, or are about to start, a project on a social policy issue related to its territorial dimension, and who feel a need to broaden and deepen their understanding of how welfare states and social policies are undergoing territorially relevant changes. Lectures will tackle with the origin of the changes, their aims, principles and practices, as well as the challenges they are bringing about. These issues will be addressed from both theoretically and empirically diversified approaches, which aim at providing the participants with an overview on methods, designs and pitfalls of comparative social policy research, in relation to the territorial dimension of social policy change as well as of the actors involved in these processes.

More information can be found here.

Organizer: Yuri Kazepov.
Contact: Eduardo Barberis (edubar@uniurb.it)


2nd ESPAnet Summer school (Organised jointly with RECWOWE - Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe)

Europe, Work, and Welfare

University of Edinburgh, 20-30 June 2007

The Summer School was targeted at PhD-students who have started, or are about to start, a project on a topic which is related to the fields and linkages between employment, labour market and social protection and who feel a need to learn more broadly about: Welfare regimes and labour markets; Social protection and activation policies in Europe; Policies of reconciling work and welfare; The role of the EU activities in these fields; The politics and policies of welfare reform; Designs and pitfalls of comparative analyses, as well the availability of relevant quantitative and qualitative data. The Summer School offers lectures with discussion, assignments and workshops. In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their personal PhD-project to students and staff.

More information can be found here.

Organizers: Jochen Clasen (Jochen.Clasen@ed.ac.uk) and Richard Brodie (r.brodie@blueyonder.co.uk)


The first ESPAnet Summer School

European Comparative Social Policy

Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark, 14-19 August 2006

The Summer School is targeted at PhD-students who have started, or are about to start, a project on a social policy issue, and who feel a need to broaden and deepen their understanding of:

  • welfare states and social policies, their origin, aims, principles, and practices, as well as about the challenges they are confronted with at present;

  • the methods, designs and pitfalls of comparative social policy research, as well the available quantitative and qualitative data.

A link with further details can be found at the website of Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies: www.ccws.dk