Call for Papers 2017

Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS) 2017 Conference
5-7 June 2017 – Sigtuna, Sweden

The Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS) is pleased to invite paper proposals for its 24th International Conference to 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.

Keynote speakers:

  • 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

FISS welcomes submissions containing the title of the paper, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of author(s) and an Abstract of between 200 and 300 words by 24 March 2017. Submissions should be sent as an email attachment to the FISS Conference organisers at the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy (University of Antwerp) at the following address: Authors will be informed of whether or not their paper has been accepted no later than 21 April 2017.

The FISS/Intersentia Best Paper Prize will be awarded to the contributed paper assessed as best from among those presented at the conference. Judging will be conducted by a sub-set of the FISS Board of Governors who will be attending the conference. The winner will receive 500 Euros and the paper will be published in The European Journal of Social Security (subject to satisfying the journal’s refereeing process).

Peter Saunders & Bea Cantillon
FISS President & Secretary General