Beyond the echo-chamber: a vision for social policy

The overall theme of our 2020 conference will be ‘Beyond the echo-chamber: a vision for social policy’. We are particularly interested in (but not limited to) papers that aim to tackle the gap between policy and practice, integrate social policy domains and effectively push social policy analysis and research out of its comfort zone. Papers could be both historical and forward-looking, and consider issues and challenges for social policy within an increasingly polarised world.

We expect to organise a number of specific streams for presentations, including ‘race’ and social policy, social activism, care and policy, and innovative ideas for future policymaking.

Other streams will be determined according to the submissions we receive, but are likely to include poverty and social protection, inequality and opportunity, housing policy, Brexit and social policy, attitudes to welfare, ageing and care, health and social care funding, social development and social policy, migration and social rights, pensions and financial literacy, youth transitions, work and unemployment. This is not an exclusive list, however, and submissions on any aspect of national or international social policy are welcome, and papers from outside the conference theme will be accommodated, as is the usual practice for the SPA annual conferences.

In addition to single papers, we would especially welcome proposals for symposia, whereby three or more papers linked to a particular theme are submitted together for consideration. Symposia will allow participants to engage more deeply with their special interests and create a space for focused debate on a specific theme. Ideas for symposia will need to be submitted by the panel organiser in the first instance, including abstracts and details of all contributions.

For papers, abstracts should be 200-400 words. Proposals for symposia should consist of a title and 200-word outline of the aims of the symposium as well as details of the organiser,  contributors, (including email addresses) and abstracts. All abstracts and symposium proposals will be reviewed by reviewers from our Programme Committee prior to acceptance. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 2nd March 2020.

Venue: Exhibition Centre and Spring Lane Building, University of York, England