The Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS) is pleased to invite paper proposals for its 26th Annual Research Conference to be held on 10-11 June 2019 at the Sigtunahöjden conference centre in Sigtuna, Sweden (close to Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport).
The theme of this year’s conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on social security-related research issues, findings and implications in order to better accommodate and respond to change.
The world economy remains uncertain and social security systems in all countries face many challenges, including: growing inequality; persistent poverty; employment precarity; new migration flows, and severe resource constraints. The future of social security depends on its ability to respond to current challenges, but change must occur in ways that promote more sustainable societies. Will those changes be enough? Will they be inclusive for all citizens? Which are the unforeseen consequences of changes introduced today on current and future societies? Are all countries moving in the same direction, and what can we learn from the successes and failings of others? What is the appropriate between balance traditional and radical approaches?
As before, the conference will provide a robust but relaxed forum for researchers and policy makers to discuss these and other issues related to the design, financing, delivery, impact, opportunities and future of social security provisions – broadly defined to include health care systems.
The Keynote speakers of this year are:
- Ruth Lister (Member of the UK House of Lords and Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, Loughborough University)
- Bjørn Hvinden (Professor in Sociology, NOVA Norwegian Social Research, Oslo Metropolitan University)
- Olli Kangas (Professor of Practice, University of Turku)
- Nathalie Morel (Assistant Professor, Sciences Po)