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14-16 September 2022, VIENNA

The organising committee of the ESPAnet 2022 conference in Vienna (14-16 September 2022) invites you to send proposals for conference streams by 5 December 2021. The annual ESPAnet (European Network for Social Policy Analysis) conference offers scholars the opportunity to present and discuss research on the future of social policies in challenged societies.



For inspiration, we provide a list of suggestions for stream themes below. Proposals for stream themes may of course differ from these suggestions, but suggestions should bear in mind that topics should appeal to a large number of researchers, allow submissions from different disciplinary backgrounds and countries and that all streams and sessions have to be organised as open streams and sessions (no closed research/interest networks).


As organisers, we invite and give priority to suggestions for streams that fit the overall theme of the conference. You will also have the possibility to indicate, in the form, if you would be interested to organise an additional on-line session within your stream, eventually to be held 2 days before the on-site Conference event.

1. Institutional change

2. Climate change

3. Social innovation

4. Digitization of work

5. Diversity (gender, ethnic,…)

6. Work and welfare

7. Old age

8. Transitions

9. Work-Care reconciliation

10. Sickness and disability

11. Social care

12. Activation, work-reinsertion

13. Income protection

14. Family policy

15. Housing

16. Education

17. Health care

18. Social investment

19. Social administration

20. Multilevel governance

21. European social policy

22. Welfare states in transition

23. Cultural and social values

24. Welfare attitudes

25. Methodologies for (comparative) social policy analysis

26. Other

Suggestions for stream themes

Responsibilities of stream convenors

  • Stream convenors are responsible for one or more paper sessions organised within a particular stream.

  • Stream convenors are responsible for evaluating all abstracts submitted to their stream and to select and prioritize them for inclusion in their session(s). The review of abstracts will be organised after the closure of the call for abstracts.

  • The number of sessions and accepted abstracts per stream is decided by the local organising committee.

  •  The stream convenors are intermediaries between the local organisers and the authors. They inform authors if their abstract has been accepted, contributing or rejected.

  • Stream convenors are not allowed to present a paper in their own stream, not even as a co-author.

  • Stream convenors are not allowed to restrict their streams to papers from their own projects or networks.

  • In the run-up to the Conference, stream convenors together with local organisers supervise the deadlines for paper submission and review the situation concerning contributed papers in case deadlines are not met.

  • In the Conference, Stream convenors chair their respective session(s). To guarantee coherence across sessions, they are also asked to a) give either an introductory presentation on the theme of their stream and how the papers chosen for presentation fit the research in this area, or b) synthesise the stream’s output after paper presentations.

Format of the proposal

Stream proposals can be submitted through the following link. They need to include:

  1. Full contact details of the stream convenor/s (with a maximum of three convenors per stream): Name/s, affiliation, postal address, phone number, e-mail. Please indicate a main contact person.

  2. A stream title with an indication to which stream theme they relate (see above) or whether a stream theme is proposed that differs from the list above.

  3. A short description of the stream theme, including a description of the topics and/or types of papers that are expected (max 2.500 characters).

  4. An optional indication of interest for chairing an additional on-line session.


Acceptance of proposals: The local organising committee will send out information about accepted proposals by 17 December 2021.


If you have any questions regarding this process please write an email to

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