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European Demography Forum


Demography, Democracy and the Welfare State

Tuesday, 23 March 2021, Online Meeting




08:30-09:00: Registration 


09:00-09:30: Opening Session

  • Dr Andreas Edel, Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research & Executive Secretary, Population Europe, Berlin
  • Drs Nico van Nimwegen, Honorary Fellow, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute & Executive Director, European Association for Population Studies, The Hague
  • Alanna Armitage, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Director, United Nations Population Fund, Istanbul


09:30-10:00: Demography and Democracy: A Research Agenda

  • Prof. Dr Heike Klüver, Professor of Comparative Political Behaviour, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, & Spokesperson of the Research Training Group "The Dynamics of Demography, Democratic Processes and Public Policy"


10:00-10:30: Demography & Brexit

  • Prof. Jane C. Falkingham OBE, Director, ESRC Centre for Population Change and Professor of Demography and International Social Policy, University of Southampton, & Honorary President of the European Association for Population Studies


10:30-11:00: Coffee Break


11:00-11:30: Migration and Access to Welfare in the EU: The Interplay Between Residence and Nationality

  • Dr Daniela Vintila, Postdoctoral Researcher, ERC-funded project Migration, Transnationalism and Social Protection in (post-) crisis Europe (MiTSoPro), Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Liège, Belgium


11:30-12:00: No One Left Behind? Equality Goals of Welfare States and the current State of Affairs in Finland

  • Prof. Dr Jani Erola, Professor of Sociology at the Department of Social Research, University of Turku, Finland, & Director, INVEST Research Flagship Center 


12:00-13:00: Lunch Break


13:00-13:30: Europe as a Continent of Pro-Elderly Welfare States within Child-Oriented Societies

  • Prof. Pieter Vanhuysse, PhD, Professor of the Department of Political Science and Public Management and the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies & Board Member, Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics at SDU Social Sciences, University of Southern Denmark, Odense


13:30-14:00: Why ‘Bad Jobs’ are Bad for Democracy: Precarious Work and Political Participation in Europe

  • Prof. Ian Ross Macmillan, PhD, Professor of Sociology, University of Limerick


14:00-14:30: Conclusions