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The 25th  Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS) Conference will be held on 4-6 June 2018 at the Sigtunahöjden conference centre in Sigtuna, Sweden.

Few international research-focused organisations that run on a voluntary basis can claim as long a pedigree as FISS. The 2018 anniversary conference celebrates this achievement by reflecting on what we have learnt from the past and what this implies for the future of social security. Financial austerity and recurring economic crises, demographic and climate change, armed conflict and new migration patterns, as well as political unrest and the rise of populist or extremist ideas in political discourse raise new challenges for social security. Is it now the time to introduce more radical approaches to policy?

The conference will provide a robust but relaxed forum for researchers and policy makers to come together and discuss issues related to the design, financing, delivery and impact of social security. For this anniversary event, we are pleased to announce an impressive array of Keynote speakers and topics:

  • Tania Burchardt (London School of Economics) – Intra-Household Allocation of Resources: Implications for Deprivation and Poverty Across Europe
  • Qin Gao (Columbia University) – China’s War on Poverty: Will It Succeed?
  • Olli Kangas (Director of Government and Community Relations, Kela, The Finnish Social Insurance Institution) – What Can We Learn from Large-scale Experiments: Experimenting with Basic income in Finland?
  • Tim Smeeding (University of Wisconsin) – Child Poverty and Public Policy in Anglo-Saxon Countries

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