The Institute of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP-ULisboa) is a centennial institution integrated in the Universidade de Lisboa, whose main purpose lies on the promotion and training of its students in the area of the Social and Political Sciences, offering different graduation and post-graduation programmes as well as Master and PdD programmes. In its scientific areas, we can consider Sociology, Social Work, Social Policy, Public Administration, Political Sciences, International Relations, Anthropology, Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour, African Studies, Media Studies and Strategic Studies.
Throughout its long existence, ISCSP-ULisboa has tried to maintain a deep synergy between the teaching and research branches, through a permanent reinforcement of its cooperation net close to diverse governmental and non-governmental entities, national or international ones, whose contribution is fundamental to produce more scientific and empirical knowledge.
Recognizing that we live in a complex society, that urges a strategically focused training to respond to its competitiveness, ISCSP-ULisboa was the first Portuguese academic institution to create the programme in 1964 and the degree in Social Work in 1968, whose name was change to Social Policy in 1984. With the Bologna Process, the designation changed once again to Social Work for the I Cycle as it is presently. As such, ISCSP-ULisboa is responsible for the teaching and training of students in the area of fundamental and applied social sciences, with an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating different domains such as Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Law and Economics, in order to ensure an easier integration in every operational or support unit.
This moment, and aiming to consolidate the already transmitted knowledge in the I cycle of studies, ISCSP-ULisboa provides II and III cycle’s programmes and hosts in its research branch under the Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies (CAPP), a research line on Social Work.
Due to all this interactive reality, it is with a great honour that ISCSP-ULisboa hosts this 15th International Conference of the European Network for Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet), under the theme of “New Horizons of European Social Policy: Risks, Opportunities and Challenges”, aiming to discuss new horizons to the European social policy after the neoliberal austerity period and the Brexit.
To conclude, I would like to thank you all for your presence and contribution in this initiative, allowing us to reinforce ourselves as a reference institution in the teaching and research panorama of Social Policy and to contribute to the development of the Social and Political Sciences.
President of ISCSP-ULisboa
Lisbon and the Metropolitan Area in which it is located, has demographic, social and economic specificities that merit close attention in building a city for people – the city residents, the students and the visitors. Several tensions have affected the populations during the last few years. Structural changes such as de -industrialization are one of the causes. The European crisis and the consequences of austerity and employment, impoverishment and the increase in inequalities have forced the Municipality to create specific mechanisms for social intervention as, for example, defining the Map of Areas / Priority Intervention Zones (BIP/ZIP) with partnerships for projects of local and communitarian development.
There are many variables to consider in establishing new policies. Among them are: population leaving the city, population living in the city, ageing and birth rates. Also, phenomena related to the challenge of housing rights and issues concerning equality and inclusion. There are areas in which European policies have pioneered but which now require appropriate solutions within new frameworks related to migrations and refugees. Defining local intervention and the issues of global impact; the environmental dynamic as in the case of urban or mobility strategies, the search for entrepreneurship and job creation, the more efficient management of the cities. We must think about the life we want to have in all its different social dimensions.
To structure solutions implies knowing not just our reality but directions indicated by different partners. To work in a network, to share viewpoints, namely in the academic universe and other areas of knowledge, is fundamental for shared and well-founded decisions. We salute the choice of Lisbon for the ESPAnet Conference, organized by the Institute of Social and Political Sciences. This is a conference which we are proud to welcome and where we will closely listen to its presentations. We all have much to learn and to debate concerning the social policies which will affect our future.
Mayor of Lisbon
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