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Call for Papers: Abstract Submission for ESPANET2021

Men’s care work: Is the welfare state ready?

The Abstract Submission for ESPANET2021 is now open.

If you wish to present a paper at the ESPAnet 2021 conference in Leuven, please submit your paper abstract by creating an account in the conference management tool. When uploading your abstract, indicate the thematic stream to which you wish to submit. The list of conference streams can be found here.

The deadline for abstract submission is 18 April 2021.

Your abstract should consist of two items: the title and the abstract. Abstracts should be maximum 400 words (including references) and submitted as PDF. When uploading your proposal, please give all required information including author(s), affiliation(s), e-mail address(es).

Abstracts will be evaluated by stream convenors, but it is the conference organising committee that will inform successful applicants by 31 May 2021. Please bear in mind that the decision about acceptance of the paper will exclusively be communicated to the person who submitted the paper via the conference management tool.

Please note that in case of co-authorship registration of at least one author is required by 01 July 2020 for being able to present. This is a strict and definitive deadline. That is, initially ‘accepted papers’ of which no presenter is registered by 1 July then will be taken out of the programme to make space for papers which were initially given the status of ‘discussion paper’.


Conference streams

  1. Overlapping or merging policy agendas? The emergence of EU eco-social policies
  2. The challenges of eco-social transitions in times of crisis
  3. Big data, algorithms and digitalisation in social and employment services
  4. Algorithmic work in health and social care
  5. Capturing the opportunities and challenges of new forms of independent work
  6. European social policies during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Failure or flourish?
  7. Lessons from providing social services in times of a pandemic
  8. Men’s care work: Is the welfare state ready?
  9. Self-employment: past, present and future under post-COVID pandemic 
  10. The changing relationship between work and welfare in welfare capitalism
  11. Social citizenship in old age: Linkages and Interrelations between pension and care policies?
  12. Preparing pension systems for the future - employment, retirement and wellbeing in later life
  13. Work-care balance and gender inequalities in the Covid-19 pandemic: what policies to contrast new risks in Europe?
  14. Labour market participation of persons with disabilities: policies and practices from a comparative perspective
  15. Care inequality: Disparities in care arrangements and access to care benefits in different care regimes
  16. Governance innovations in employment services and active labour market policies
  17. Basic income across Europe: Exploring variation in proposals, policy windows, trajectories
  18. Accessibility and activation measures of conditional minimum income protection schemes
  19. Unintended consequences of family policies
  20. Families and social policy: COVID-19 and beyond
  21. Family planning policies, reproductive rights, and health
  22. Homelessness across welfare regimes prior and during the COVID-19 pandemic
  23. Citizen science and social innovation: Opportunities for the Local Welfare Development
  24. Social policy, culture and value change in Europe
  25. Worlds of populism and worlds of welfare?
  26. New horizons in welfare attitude research: contours of a research agenda of public attitudes towards the welfare state
  27. Methodologies for Comparative Social Policy Analysis: Past, Present, Future?
  28. New approaches and frameworks for combining global and comparative social policy methodologies
  29. New ways for understanding the origins of outcome inequality and their implications for welfare deservingness
  30. Inequality and taxation amid pandemic and climate crises
  31. When social interactions are unavoidable. Frontline service work in times of the COVID-19 pandemic
  32. Social risks in the light of the ‘de-differentiation‘ of financial markets and welfare states
  33. Open session papers