Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy RC19 of the International Sociological Association (ISA) brings together an active and lifely community from different fields of social sciences. The purpose is to promote theoretically grounded empirical research on: the sources and character of social problems; the planning and administration of social programs; and more generally, public policies and intervention strategies aimed at alleviating social problems and influencing the society in that regard. The Committee especially encourages comparative and transnational research. Thus, membership to RC19 is open to scholars actively engaged in research and/or teaching on the subjects mentioned above.

RC19 holds annual meetings in varying places, and joins the ISA conventions and regional forums on a regular basis.

The RC19 Constitution can be accessed here.

Information on the International Sociological Association can be found here.  


Recent RC19 Events

 RC19 Annual Meeting

Global Crises and Social Policy: Coping with Conflict, Migration and Climate Change   

August 28-30, 2019 | Mannheim University, Germany

The 2019 RC19 Annual Meeting took place at the University of Mannheim (Germany) 28-30 August 2019. It was entitled ‚Global Crises and Social Policy: Coping with Conflict, Migration and Climate Change‘ (www.rc19-annualconference.org). Papers and panels covered a broad range of social policy topics, including family, health, unemployment and pension policies; inequalities, social rights and welfare attitudes; and covering diverse regions and countries across the world. The conference also hosted a panel on ‚Shaping social protection in times of increasing inequality and uncertainty‘ with Christina Behrendt (ILO), Katja Hujo (UNRISD), Sarah Kups (OECD) and Jan Vandemoortele (formerly UNDP) discussing their and their organisations‘ perspectives on social policy development. Furthermore, Ito Peng gave a lecture entitled ‚Care and Migration Policies in East and Southeast Asia‘, and Ian Gough presented on ‚
Climate Change: an impossible challenge to sustainable social policy?‘





Drivers and challenges of social policies:
Global, regional, national, and local perspectives

International Sociological Association

Research Committee (RC) 19 on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy

Annual conference 25-27 August 2021
University of Fribourg (Switzerland)

The organizers of the 2021 annual conference invite papers that discuss drivers and challenges of social policies, including but not restricted to social policies related to the COVID-19 crisis.

For any questions regarding the conference and the call for papers, please send an email to rc19@unifr.ch. For more information on the Research Committee (RC) 19 on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy of the International Sociological Association (ISA), please visit this website:www.rc19.org.

Mail rc19@unifr.ch
Web www.unifr.ch/go/rc19



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