Social Policy Association Annual

2015 Social Policy Association Annual Conference

Belfast Metropolitan College, Titanic Quarter, Belfast

6th-8th July 2015

Conference Theme: ‘Social Policy in the Spotlight: Change, Continuity and Challenge’.

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Mary O’Hara, author of ‘Austerity Bites’ (Policy Press, 2014), is an award-winning journalist based in Los Angeles, writing about health, poverty and social justice in the US and the UK.

Jane Jenson is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Montreal, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Governance. This plenary is sponsored by the Journal of Social Policy.

Colin Crouch is Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick and External Scientific Member, Max-Planck-InstitutfürGesellschaftsforschung, Cologne.

David Donnison is Professor Emeritus in Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow, having worked at the Universities of Manchester, Toronto, the L.S.E., and Glasgow. He has published extensively in the areas of social Policy and Urban Studies including, most recently, Speaking to Power’ (Policy Press, 2009)

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Conference Themes:

  • Social Policy in the Media Spotlight
  • Family Policy and Politics
  • Devolution, Governance and Citizenship
  • Austerity and Social Policy
  • Social Policy post the referendum on Scottish Independence
  • Race, Ethnicity & Migration
  • The Political Landscape and Social Policy post the UK General Election
  • Welfare Reform
  • Change, Challenge and Continuity in Health and Social Care
  • Inequality and Social Justice – National, Local and Global Perspectives
  • The Third Sector and Social Policy: Roles, Responsibility and Challenges
  • Learning & Teaching Social Policy in theUK

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Best Wishes

The Conference Team, Ulster University.


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