Call for Papers 2019

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 10-12 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)

Reflecting its successful implementation in 2017, a special Forum Session will be devoted to an informal open discussion about the research experiences and insights of leading practitioners in the field. The theme of the 2019 Form will be:

“My Brilliant Career: Reflecting on Achievements, Regrets and Mistakes (and How to Distinguish between Them)”

The main program will include papers contributed by participants and FISS invites 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 31 March 2019. Submissions should be sent as an email attachment to Viviane Loriaux at:

Authors will be informed whether or not their paper has been accepted by 19 April 2019.

The FISS Best Paper Prize of 300 Euros will be awarded by a selection committee from the FISS Board of Governors and the winning paper will be published in The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. The author(s) will also receive two years free subscription to the journal.


Peter Saunders & Bea Cantillon

FISS President & Secretary General