Conferences

International Research Seminars on ‘Issues in Social Security’

Each year FISS holds an International Research Seminar on ‘Issues in Social Security’. Each seminar is normally held on a particular theme – such as child poverty, ageing, and participation in social and economic life, to take some recent examples.

The aim of these seminars is to bring together academics, researchers and policy-makers to discuss social security and related topics in an international or comparative context. The papers given at the seminars are based on research or scholarship and presented with an multi-discipllinary, international audience in mind. Preference is given to papers that are international in perspective or based on comparative research.

The seminars are usually held in mid-June.

Next conference

Best Practices of Social Policy in Turbulent Times

The 30th Annual FISS Conference on Issues in Social Security is set to be held June 13th-14th 2024 in Kyoto, Japan. This is a joint international conference with the East Asian Social Policy Network (EASP).  

Abstract submission deadline: 31 March 2024  

 

Recent conferences

2023
2023

29th Annual conference in Sigtuna, Sweden

Social Security Systems: Challenges, Responses, Impacts and Sustainability


Keynotes by


Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak (Vice-Rector for Science and Director of the Institute of Statistics and Demography at SGH Warsaw School of Economics)


Arnaldur Sölvi Kristjánsson (University of Iceland)

2022
2022

28th Annual conference in Sigtuna, Sweden

The Role of Social Security and Social Welfare Responses in a Turbulent World


Keynotes by


Stephen Jenkins, London School of Economics


Caroline Delaporte, Copenhagen Business School


Julia Shu-Huah Wang, University of Hong Kong


Bea Cantillon, University of Antwerp

2021
2021

Joint conference EASP & FISS online and in Hong Kong (Hybrid)

Mitigating the Economic and Social Impact of Covid-19: The Role of Social Security and Social Welfare Responses in East and West


The 17th Annual Conference of the East Asian Social Policy Research Network & The 27th Annual Conference of the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security.


The hybrid event was hosted at Lingnan Universty, Hong Kong.

2019
2019

26th International conference in Sigtuna, Sweden

Keynotes:



  • 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)

2018
2018

25th Annual conference in Sigtuna, Sweden

Conference Theme: Social Security at the Crossroads? Learning from the Past, Imagining the Future


Keynotes:



  • Tim Smeeding (University of Wisconsin) – Child Poverty and Public Policy in Anglo-Saxon Countries

  • Tania Burchardt (London School of Economics) – Intra-Household Allocation of Resources: Implications for Deprivation and Poverty Across Europe

  • 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?

  • Qin Gao (Columbia University) – China’s War on Poverty: Will It Succeed?

2017
2017

24th Annual conference in Sigtuna, Sweden

Responding to Many Challenges: The Future of Social Security


Keynotes:



  • Philippe Van Parijs – Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics, Catholic University of Louvain

  • Elsa Fornero – Professor of Economics, University of Turin

  • Qin Gao – Associate Professor of Social Policy and Social Work, Columbia University

  • John Hudson – Professor of Social Policy, University of York

2016
2016

23rd International conference in Sigtuna, Sweden

Poverty, Inequality and its Impacts Following the Financial Crisis


Keynotes:



  • Tim Smeeding – Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics,
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Mary Daly – Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Oxford

  • Martin Evans – Senior Advisor Child Poverty, Social Inclusion, Budgeting and Policy, UNICEF

  • Holly Sutherland – Research Professor and Director of EUROMOD, Institute for Social and
    Economic Research, University of Essex

2015
2015

22nd International conference at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Social Security East and West: Common Challenges, Distinctive Solutions?


For the first time, the FISS conference was held outside Europe, signalling an attempt to involve more scholars from Asia in the conference and in FISS more generally.

2014
2014

21st International conference in Sigtuna, Sweden

Keynotes:



  • John Hills (The London School of Economics and Political Science)

  • Brian Nolan (University College Dublin)

  • Lars Osberg (Dalhousie University)

  • Lieve Fransen (EC DG Empl)

2013
2013

20th International conference in Sigtuna, Sweden

Keynotes:



  • Christina Behrendt (ILO) on the Social Protection Floor

  • Lieve Fransen (EC DG Empl) on Europe 2020

  • Chris de Neubourg (Chief of Social & Economic Policy at UNICEF’s Innocenti Research Centre) on how social protection systems can improve the lives of children

  • Michele Durant (OECD) on ‘Beyond GDP’

2012
2012

19th International conference in Sigtuna, Sweden

Keynotes:



  • Walter Korpi – Causes Of Rise Of The Full Employment Welfare State In Western Countries After 1945 And Of Its Demise After 1980

  • Armando Barrientos – Social Protection In The South. A Quiet Revolution?

  • Roy Sainsbury – Cross-National Research In Social Security – Is There A Case For Greater Use Of Qualitative Methods?

2011
2011

18th International conference in Sigtuna, Sweden

Growth, Social Protection and Inequality


Keynotes:



  • Frank Vandenbroucke – The EU needs a Social Investment Pact

  • Martin Ravallion – Weakly Relative Poverty

  • Wiemer Salverda – Societies’ (un)equal treatment of the low skilled

  • Lane Kenworthy – Should we worry about inequality?

2010
2010

17th International conference in Sigtuna, Sweden

The Global Crises : Impact and Challenges for Social Security


Keynotes:



  • Tony Atkinson (Oxford University)

  • Anton Hemerijck (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Herwig Immervoll (OECD)

  • Joakim Palme (Institute For Future Studies – Stockholm)

2009
2009

16th International conference in Sigtuna, Sweden

Social Security, Poverty and Social Exclusion in Rich and Poor Countries


Keynotes:



  • Michael Förster on ‘Growing unequal? Income inequality and poverty in OECD countries’

  • Märkus Jantti on Gender, poverty, and social policy regimes: a comparative analysis of twenty-four upper-income countries

  • Bea Cantillon on Poverty and the ‘investment state’: old and new social risks

  • Peter Saunders on Deprivation, social exclusion and social security in Australia 

  • Jonathan Bradshaw on How is child poverty related to child well-being? A comparison of
    child income poverty and deprivation in the European Union 

2008
2008

15th International conference in Sigtuna, Sweden

Social Protection for a Post-industrial World


Keynotes:



  • Jacob Hacker on The New Economic Insecurity: The American Experience in Cross-National Perspective

  • Giuliano Bonoli on The politics of post-industrial social policies

  • Jochen Clasen on Re-designing unemployment protection in post-industrial labour markets

  • Neil Gilbert on A mother’s work: how feminism, the market and policy shape family life

2007
2007

14th International conference in Sigtuna, Sweden

Social Security, Happiness and Well-being

2006
2006

13th International conference in Sigtuna, Sweden

Social Protection in an Ageing World

1992
1992

3rd International conference in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Curing the Dutch Disease: An International Perspective on Disability Policy Reform

1991
1991

2nd International conference in Zurich, Switzerland

Social Security and Health Care

1990
1990

1st International conference in Luxembourg

Age, Work and Social Security


Co-organised with the Centre for Population, Poverty and Policy Studies (CEPS) in Luxembourg. Selected papers published by Macmillan in volume edited by Tony Atkinson and Martin Rein in 1993