In the Shadow of the 2008 Crisis: Social Policy Ten Years On - SPA Annual Conference 2018

Wednesday 11 July 2018, 9.30AM to Fri 13 July 2018

We are delighted to be hosting the 2018 Social Policy Association (SPA) Annual Conference at the University of York. The city of York has a social investigative heritage that has profoundly influenced the shape of Social Policy in the UK and beyond. We hope that our 2018 conference will provide continuing inspiration for analysis and debate.

Event details

The conference will begin on Wednesday 11 July 2018 and end on Thursday 13 July. 

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The number of participants is restricted – please secure your place early to avoid disappointment.

Confirmed plenary speakers

Eftychia Achtsioglou is Minister of Labour, Social Insurance and Social Solidarity, Greece. She holds a PhD in Law and has published on European Union labour law, labour rights and democracy.

Bea Cantillon is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She has published widely in the areas of poverty, social security, the welfare state and gender and works with a number of organisations on employment and social security issues.

Aditya Chakrabortty is senior economics commentator for The Guardian and an economics writer.

Hartley Dean is Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics, UK. He has published extensively on poverty, social justice and welfare rights including Social Rights and Human Welfare (Routledge, 2015).

Location: University of York