In 2017 the ESPAnet Conference returns to a country in southern Europe. The Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas – Universidade de Lisboa will host this conference from September 14 to 16, 2017. It will be a challenging opportunity to discuss the new horizons of European social policy in the aftermath of the neoliberal austerity period and the Brexit.
European countries have transformed. Fiscal consolidation, the 2008 financial collapse, demographic changes, the refugee crisis, social movements, unemployment, and new political forces are all a threat to social dialogue, solidarity and the European project.
Social policy has played a key role in addressing emerging social risks, implementing social cohesion and re-building Europe. The development of the European social model has been an inspiration to many other countries of the world. It is a key instrument for responding to (new) social risks and fostering sustainable development in many countries and regions of the world with different cultures, societies, history and economies. The European social policy has regained a pivotal role and seeks to expand horizons and re-build Europe.
Portugal and its capital city, Lisbon, are, for many reasons, the appropriate venue for the conference on the 15th anniversary of ESPAnet and the 10th of the Lisbon Treaty.
Lisbon is positioned between North and South – a fundamental city in the system of global social well-being, a place in Southern Europe – where the crisis and austerity have retrenched the welfare state and where the new social policy agenda aims to re-establish the European social project.
Lisbon is also a key node of globalized welfare and social development in the Community of Portuguese speaking countries.
We look forward to seeing you in the vibrant city of Lisbon in 2017!
On behalf of the Conference Organizing Committee