Call for Stream Convenors

The Organising Committee of the 22nd ESPAnet Annual Conference that will take place in Tampere, Finland, 28.-30.8.2024, is happy to announce the opening of the call for stream proposals!

The streams should be devoted to major research fields, social policy issues, and current dilemmas of social policy and the welfare state.

We also invite streams that focus on innovative topics, particularly issues of importance to the challenges that welfare states are currently facing.

One of the main goals of the conference is to foster scientific cooperation, therefore the scope of proposed streams should be broad enough to encompass a variety of perspectives, approaches and research networks.

Streams should broadly cover a particular theme; authors of proposals of themes considered too narrow may be asked to broaden their scope. Examples of themes include (but are not limited to):

  • employment and labour market policy,
  • family policy,
  • migration, integration, and social citizenship challenges,
  • education,
  • public health and wellbeing,
  • housing policy,
  • welfare attitudes and discourses,
  • ageing and care of older people,
  • poverty and social exclusion,
  • digitalisation and automation of welfare states,
  • consequences of international conflict to social policy and the welfare state,
  • research methodologies in social policy and politics of social policy.

We welcome stream proposals convened by 2-3 researchers, preferably affiliated with different academic institutions across different countries. Please notice that the streams must be open to abstract submissions from everyone (that is, no closed streams). Convenors may also be asked to work together, in the case of equally good, overlapping streams.

Proposals should be submitted by one of the convenors and should include an abstract of 500 words together with the names, affiliations and e-mail addresses of the other convenor(s).

Please also read what the responsibilities of stream convenors are below.

You will find the submission site here.

The deadline for submitting streams is 1.12.2023.

We are looking forward to receiving your submissions!

Responsibilities of stream convenors:

  • Stream convenors are responsible for one or more sessions organised within a particular stream. The total number of sessions per stream will depend on the number of abstracts accepted and availability of time slots in the program;
  • Stream convenors participate in the selection of abstracts, ranking all abstracts submitted for their respective stream. The review of abstracts will be organised after the closure of the call for abstracts.
  • Final decisions on the number of sessions per stream and the acceptance of abstracts will be made by the local organising committee after the evaluation of abstracts by stream convenors.
  • Stream convenors act as intermediaries between the local organisers and the authors of papers to be presented in their stream. They inform authors if their abstract has been accepted for oral presentation, contributing paper or rejected and will be responsible for communicating with authors about the organisation of feedback and presentations at the conference.
  • In the run-up to the conference, stream convenors are expected to work together with local organisers to ensure deadlines for paper submissions are met and to ensure contributed papers are given space in the stream if and when registration deadlines for accepted papers are not met.
  • Stream convenors are required to chair their respective session(s) at the conference. To ensure coherence across sessions, they are also asked to: i) give either a short introductory presentation on the theme of their stream and how the papers chosen for presentation fit the research in this area; or ii) synthesise the stream’s output after paper presentations.
  • Stream convenors are expected to provide feedback to all persons presenting in their sessions.
  • Proposals for stream titles may differ from the stream themes listed above, 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).
  • Stream convenors themselves shall not submit abstracts to their respective stream.