SPEAX Workshop on Long-Term Care

Posted on 2 August 2018

The workshop was held at the University of York and brought together researchers who examined Social and Public Policy in East Asia.

Dr Jack Chan presents his work at the SPEAX workshop

Professor John Hudson and Professor Neil Lunt, from the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, coordinated the SPEAX workshop 'Long-term Care Reforms in Taiwan and mainland China', which brought together social care researchers from East Asia and the UK to explore challenges facing their respective care systems and recent policy responses.

Both Taiwan and mainland China had planned to introduce a long-term care insurance policy and while mainland China continues its 2016 plan to pilot a long-term care insurance policy across 15 cities, Taiwan dropped its plan for insurance, opting instead for a Scandinavian model of tax-funding to support its long-term care system. The workshop highlighted key players and policy process's behind these recent changes. Discussions focussed on the implications of reforms and the future of long-term care in these countries.

SPEAX is based within the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York and is set up to coordinate research, teaching and collaborative activities within the areas of social and public policy, social work and public management in East Asia. 

Dr Neil Lunt says:

"SPEAX acts as a focal point for collaborations with scholars in East Asia, its primary goal being to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and research between the staff and students of East Asia and the University of York in areas relating to social policy, social work and public management."

Workshop presenters included; Dr Jack Chan (Associate Professor, School of Government, Sun Yat-sen University), Dr Chieh-hsiu Liu (PhD candidate, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, Oxford University), Miss Cheng Shi, PhD candidate (Renmin University, LSE).

The workshop was chaired by Prof Xinping Guan (Professor and Dean, Department of Social Work & Social Policy, Nankai University; Chair, Chinese Social Policy Committee).

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