The 24th Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS) Conference will be held on 5-7 June 2017 at the Sigtunahöjden conference centre in Sigtuna, Sweden.
This year’s conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on how social security systems are responding to the many challenges they face, including growing inequality, the adverse impacts of poverty in all its dimensions, the equitable treatment of vulnerable groups, the changing nature of work, the aftermath of the financial crisis, and political uncertainty and instability. How are these factors impacting on social security systems and what reforms are being implemented to address them? What role can research play in identifying problems and designing solutions? What can individual countries learn from the experience of others about how to understand the nature of current problems, their underlying causes and the effectiveness of alternative solutions? Is there a need to explore more radical solutions to what appear to be a growing number of complex problems?
As in the past, the conference will provide a robust but relaxed forum for researchers and policy makers to come together to discuss these and other issues related to the design, financing, delivery and impact of social security provisions – broadly defined to include health care systems.
- Philippe Van Parijs – Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics, Catholic University of Louvain
- Elsa Fornero – Professor of Economics, University of Turin
- Qin Gao – Associate Professor of Social Policy and Social Work, Columbia University
- John Hudson – Professor of Social Policy, University of York