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              Call for Papers: The State and the Covid Crisis 

Special Issue in the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society

Deadline for submitting Abstract proposals: 1 August 2021

Deadline for full Papers invited from among those submissions will need to be received by January 1, 2022 for review and possible publication in the March 2023 issue.

Editors: Mia Gray, Michael Kitson, Linda Lobao, and Ron Martin

This Special Issue aims to address the big debates about whether and how the pandemic has changed the role of the state at the level of localities and regions. While the state’s role in some nations has clearly shifted dramatically, these changes remain influenced by earlier actions (the reduction in public sector spending, the weakening of regulatory authority, and the overall diversion of resources to the private sector) associated with the promotion of neoliberalism and austerity. To what degree has the response to the pandemic re-shaped the structure, remit, and processes of the state? In exploring the changed role of the post-Covid state, articles might address such questions as the following:

  • Where is the public sector growing and how does this shape the narrative around the state?
  • How has the response to the Covid pandemic been coordinated or abandoned at different levels of the state?
  • How has the balance of power between the central state and local state changed?
  • Has the power of the private sector decreased or increased?
  • How have states sought to balance the protection of their populations with the protection of their economies?
  • Will there be a permanent shift towards a more public health orientated mode of economic development?
  • What are the implications for the balance of class power and racial/ethnic inequality?
  • Articles may also explore state and politics across places. What does Covid imply for the state in terms of upholding or weakening democratic capitalism?

Overall, we are interested in the consequences of the Covid pandemic across localities and regions regarding the trajectory of the state under neo-liberalism. We are particularly interested in theoretical work that has strong empirical foundations. We are also looking for work that pushes existing frameworks in new directions and tackles new or unresolved issues about the state and the public sector. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society has previously published Special Issues addressing “The Shrinking State? Understanding the Assault on the Public Sector” (xi/3, 2018), “The Geographies of Austerity" (iv/3, November 2011) and "Austerity in the City" (vii/1, March 2014), available at https://academic.oup.com/cjres, and will continue further push forward new directions in the analysis of the state in society.

Authors interested in publishing in the Special Issue should email an Abstract proposal of about 400 words to Francis Knights on fk240@cam.ac.uk by 1 August 2021, and full Papers invited from among those submissions will need to be received by January 1, 2022 for review and possible publication in the March 2023 issue. Submissions will be subject to the journal’s normal peer review process. Details of Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society’s publication process, evaluation criteria and house style are available at https://academic.oup.com/cjres/pages/General_Instructions. The journal’s impact factor is 4.483.  Contact Linda Lobao lobao.1@osu.edufor further details. 



The scientific journal "Public Policy Studies" (http://szpp.sgh.waw.pl) published at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland, announces the
                                                 Call for Papers
for the Thematic Issue:
Policy Transfer and Learning in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic
Deadline for submitting proposals/abstracts of papers: July 15, 2021.

Deadline for submitting manuscripts: October 31, 2021.

The scope of this Call for Papers:
Since the beginning of 2020, governments around the world have had to take swift and radical decisions to protect people from the COVID-19 pandemic, an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Various types of public interventions were hastily introduced, such as travel restrictions and admitting foreigners, organizing public events, self-isolation, quarantines, and closing commercial and catering facilities.
Governments - sometimes with various social partners - have also started to develop various public policies, strategies, and public programs. For example, economy support packages, business rescue packages; support programs for people losing their livelihoods and easing the situation on the labor markets; programs for obtaining data on the patterns of the spread of the coronavirus; vaccination programs; programs for adapting public and private entities to remote work (e.g., schools and companies).
From the perspective of public policy research, it is crucial to identify the sources of data and knowledge, which become the basis for the creation of the concept of public actions aimed at reducing the scale of the pandemic and reducing the effects of its spread. An important area of analysis is how governments create action programs against a pandemic, to what extent they rely on the transfer of programs, borrowing from outside, and to what extent there is a diffusion of action models in the international space (e.g., the role of World Health Organization recommendations).
Another key dimension of the analysis is the policy learning of all actors involved in countering the pandemic. For example, how the policy measures and tools have been disseminated across regions, across policy networks, across policy domains, and across the vertical (sectoral) and horizontal dimensions. It is also interesting to recognize the best practices that emerged and circulated in public discourse at various stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Thematic Issue welcomes papers focused on theoretical issues, empirical findings, and case studies of policymaking. The list of potential topics includes, but is not limited to:
- Policy transfer across the East and the West.
- Public policy in the context of fake news and disinformation.
- New approaches to policymaking during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Relations of public policy with risk and trust management, risk communication, disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness, disaster management, and resilience.
- Creating and implementing sectoral policies in response to the pandemic crisis.
- Globalization and the Europeanization of public policy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Convergence, divergence, or persistence of public policy in the new sanitary regime.
- Behavioral dimension of public policy.
- Ethics of public policy during the pandemic.
- Policy innovation, new policy instruments, and digital tools of government (e.g., AI and Big Data).
- Monitoring and evaluation of public policy during the pandemic.

Submission Procedure:
The deadline for interested authors to submit paper proposals/abstracts will expire on July 15, 2021, and for the full manuscripts on October 31, 2021. Proposed topics should be sent to the journal's Editorial Secretary (dr Andrzej Klimczuk, aklimcz@sgh.waw.pl).
Authors should submit manuscripts to the journal "Studia z Polityki Publicznej / Public Policy Studies" only via the Open Journal Systems website: https://econjournals.sgh.waw.pl/KSzPP/about/submissions
Texts should be in Word (.docx) format and consist of up to a max 40 000 characters.  We encourage authors to use the article template (in English).  All texts undergo a review process (double-blind peer-review). Articles are published in Open Access under the CC BY 4.0 licence (authors retain the copyright). Editing and publication of articles in "Studia z Polityki Publicznej / Public Policy Studies" journal are free of charge. Fees or Article Processing Charges (APCs) are not requested from the authors at any point of the peer review and publication.
The journal is indexed, among others in the databases: BazEkon, CEEOL, CrossRef, Google Scholar, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Polska Bibliografia Naukowa (PBN), Lens, Dimensions, Scite, Scilit, Baidu Scholar, NAVER, KOAR, Informationsdienst Politikwissenschaft (POLLUX), International Political Science Abstracts (IPSA), J-Gate, BASE, Gale Academic OneFile.



The International Council on Social Welfare

Call for papers


A brief summary of the paper (200-300 words) should be submitted in English on or before April 30, 2021.

Submissions, in the form of full papers (approximately 4,500 words) are due
on August 31, 2021.

The International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) is issuing a call for papers for presentation at the virtual conference in September 2021 entitled Addressing food insecurity in Africa: strategies for ensuring child-sensitive social protection.

Recognized as a multifaceted challenge, food security is high on the political and socio-economic agendas of many countries. The conference seeks to explore a wealth of issues on child-sensitive social protection in the context of efforts aimed at fighting food insecurity in Africa and at highlighting different national perspectives and policy responses. The effective targeting of these responses to ensure that they meet the needs of all, especially the most vulnerable – and children in particular – remains a challenge.Child-sensitive social protection requires, among other actions, specific programme design and interventions, accessing links between poverty and malnutrition, emphasis on the gendered nature of poverty as well as on the size and frequency of cash transfers.

Aligning the preparation of the conference with research or policy-practice work done by the invited speakers/scholars/practitioners, the ICSW seeks to facilitate a more productive and focused debate on existing national evidence and proposed policy measures. The conference presentations will be done on the basis of written submissions.

The abstracts, as well as the full papers, should be sent to the ICSW reviewing committee at the following addresses:

 szelenev@icsw.org and ikncsw@ssnkorea.or.kr

The reviewing committee will acknowledge the submission. The authors of the accepted full-text papers will receive an honorarium, and the papers will be published in the edited volume.  



Call for Abstracts
for the “1st International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods” (SMUS Conference)
and “1st RC33 Regional Conference – Africa: Botswana”
in cooperation with ESA RN21 “Quantitative Methods”
23 – 26.09.2021, Gaborone, Botswana

(Deadline: 31.05.2021)

Dear Colleagues,

We hereby invite you to submit an abstract for the “1st International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods” (SMUS Conference) and “1st RC33 Regional Conference – Africa: Botswana” in cooperation with ESA RN21 “Quantitative Methods” 23 – 26.09.2021, organised and hosted online by the University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana.

About the Conference

The “Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability” (GCSMUS) together with the Research Committee on “Logic and Methodology in Sociology” (RC33) of the “International Sociology Association” (ISA) and the Research Network “Quantitative Methods” (RN21) of the European Sociology Association” (ESA) will organize a “1st International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods” (“SMUS Conference”) which will at the same time be the “1st RC33 Regional Conference – Africa: Botswana” from Thursday 23.09 – Sunday 26.09.2021, hosted by the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana. Given the current challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will convene entirelyonline. The conference aims at promoting a global dialogue on methods and should attract methodologists from all over the world and all social and spatial sciences (e.g. area studies, architecture, communication studies, educational sciences, geography, historical sciences, humanities, landscape planning, philosophy, psychology, sociology, urban design, urban planning, traffic planning and environmental planning). Thus, the conference will enable scholars to get in contact with methodologists from various disciplines all over the world and to deepen discussions with researchers from various methodological angles. Scholars of all social and spatial sciences and other scholars who are interested in methodological discussions are invited to submit a paper to any sessions of the conference. All papers have to address a methodological problem.

Please find more information on the above institutions on the following websites:

‒        “Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability” (GCSMUS):
https://gcsmus.org and www.mes.tu-berlin.de/spatialmethods

‒        ISA RC33: http://rc33.org/

‒        ESA RN21: www.europeansociology.org/research-networks/rn21-quantitative-methods

‒        University of Botswana in Gaborone: www.ub.bw

If you are interested in gettingfurther information on the conferenceand other GCSMUS activities, pleasesubscribe to the GCSMUS newsletterby registering via the following website:


Conference Sessions:

1.      Decolonizing Social Science Methodology – Towards African Epistemologies

2.      Decolonizing Social Science Methodology – Overcoming Positivism and Constructivism

3.      Decolonizing Methodologies and Epistemologies: Discourse Analysis and Sociology of Knowledge

4.      Culturally Sensitive Approaches for the Global South – Potential New Directions of Empirical Research

5.      Critical Conversations on Bagele Chilisa’s Indigenous Research Methodologies

6.      Policy Analysis and Political Economy

7.      Researching the History of Postcolonial States with Qualitative Methods

8.      Hermeneutics ‒ Interaction ‒ Social Structure

9.      Interpretative and Multi-Method Approaches to Global-South-Migration

10.  Process-Oriented Micro-Macro-Analysis

11.  City Networks between the Structural and the Everyday: Methods that Bridge Macro- and Micro-Perspectives for a Better Comparative Understanding of Cities

12.  Methodologies for the Investigation Spatial Transformation Processes

13.  Human Centric Approaches on Urban Futures

14.  Methods of Architectural Research

15.  Art and Design Based-Research, Cross-Disciplinary Approaches for Material Knowledge Production

16.  The Contribution of Urban Design to the Qualitative Methodology Discourse

17.  Mapping for Change? Resituating 'Slow Time'. Craftwo/manship and Power

18.  Applying Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Urban Sustainability Projects

19.  The Role of ‘Productive Interactions’ between Researchers and Stakeholders in Creating Rigorous and Relevant Research for Urban Sustainability

20.  Knowledge Creation in Informal Settlements: The Process, Ethics and Outputs of Co-Productive and Community-Led Research Methods

21.  Fieldwork in the Global South – Shedding Light into the Black Box

22.  Survey Data Quality in Interviewer-Administered Surveys in LMIC Contexts

23.  Assessing the Quality of Survey Data

24.  Digital Methods in Action: Use, Challenges and Prospects

25.  Researching Climate Change Communication: Methodological Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Era

26.  Money and Digitalisation in the Global South

27.  Methods in Food Studies Research

28.  Locating the Religious/Secular in Africa: Methodological Challenges Conveners

29.  Ethical and Methodological Dilemmas of Social Research in Violent Conflict Situations

Submission of Papers

All sessions have to comply with the conference organization rules (see below).If you want to present a paper, please submit your abstract via the official conference website: https://gcsmus.org between 20.02.2021 and 31.05.2021. You will be informed by 31.07.2021, if your proposed paper has been accepted for presentation at the conference. For further information, please see the conference website or contact the session organizers.

 Conference Organizers:
Gabriel Faimau (University of Botswana, Botswana) and Nina Baur (TU Berlin, Germany)

Botswana Organizing Team: Gabriel Faimau, Sethunya Mosime, France Maphosa, Godisang Mookodi, Ikanyeng Malila, Gwen Lesetedi, Latang Sechele, Esther Nkhukhu-Orlando

Rules for Session Organization (According to GCSMUS Objectives and RC 33 Statutes)

1.      There will beno conference fees.

2.      The conference language isEnglish. All papers therefore need to be presented in English.

3.      All sessions have to beinternational: Each session should have speakers from at least two countries (exceptions will need good reasons).

4.      Each paper must contain amethodological problem(any area, qualitative or quantitative).

5.      There will be several calls for abstracts via the GCSMUS, RC33 and RN21 Newsletters. To begin with, session organizers can prepare a call for abstracts on their own initiative, then at a different time, there will be a common call for abstracts, and session organizers can ask anybody to submit a paper.

6.      GCSMUS, RC33 and RN21 members may distribute these calls via other channels. GCSMUS members and session organizers are expected to actively advertise their session in their respective scientific communities.

7.      Speakers can only haveone talk per session. This also applies for joint papers. It will not be possible for A and B to present at the same time one paper as B and A during the same session. This would just extend the time allocated to these speakers.

8.      Session organizers may present a paper in their own session.

9.      Sessions will have a length of 90 minutes with a maximum of 4 papers or a length of 120 minutes with a maximum of 6 papers. Session organizers can invite as many speakers as they like. The number of sessions depends on the number of papers submitted to each session. E.g. if 12 good papers are submitted to a session, there will be two sessions with a length of 90 minutes each with 6 papers in each session.

10.  Papers may only be rejected for the conference if they do not present a methodological problem (as stated above), are not in English or are somehow considered by session organizers as not being appropriate or relevant for the conference. Session organizers may ask authors to revise and resubmit their paper so that it fits these requirements. If session organizers do not wish to consider a paper submitted to their session, they should inform the author and forward the paper to the local organizing team who will find a session where the paper fits for presentation.

11.  Papers directly addressed to the conference organising committee (and those forwarded from session organizers) will be offered to other session organizers (after proofing for quality). The session organizers will have to decide on whether or not the paper can be included in their session(s). If the session organizers think that the paper does not fit into their session(s), the papers should be sent back to the conference organizing committee as soon as possible so that the committee can offer the papers to another session organizer.



Mail rc19@unifr.ch

Web www.unifr.ch/go/rc19



Call for Papers and Panel Proposals


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

mitigating the economic and social impact of COVID-19: The Role ofSocial security And Social Welfare Responses in East and West

2-4 July 2021, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Deadline for Abstracts and Panel Proposals: 5 March 2021

Since the first coronavirus cluster was reported in December 2019,few have managed to avoid the direct impacts of economic lockdowns, travel restrictions, school closures, and other public health measures on their everyday lives. Rather than a ‘great leveller’ or ‘equaliser’, however, it has become increasingly evident that incidence, hospitalisation, and mortality rates due to Covid-19 have varied considerably by individual and regional socio-economic characteristics. In comparison, less is still known about the indirect economic and social losses due to the global pandemic and to what extent they have disproportionately affected different groups of people in Eastern and Western societies.

During the prevailing COVID-19 crisis social security has provided protection of individuals and families whose livelihoods have been threatened by unemployment and loss of economic activity. It also ensured systemic security by stabilizing purchasing power and helping businesses to bridge the crisis. Some countries, more than others, were able to rely on existing social security systems. Other countries have strengthened their social security with new or more generous benefits, while others have set up instruments outside social security. What do we know about social security responses in various countries around the world? Which first lessons can be drawn about the effectiveness of various strategies? And what does scientific research learn about the role of social security in guiding societies through the major ongoing social and economic transformations: ageing, climate transitions and digitization?

Against this background, and almost exactly one year after the 2020 the  East Asian Social Policy Research Network (EASP) and Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS) conferences had to be cancelled, we are joining together once more to examine the role of ‘social security’ and ‘social welfare’ responses to mitigate against new Covid-19-related economic and social risks. Given the ongoing travel restrictions and global health concerns, we are planning to organise the conference as a hybrid-event combining options for delegates to join keynotes and parallel sessions in a face-to-faceor real-time online setting.

Besides the immediate crisis impacts and national responses, we particularly welcome theoretical or empirical contributions studying the consequences of Covid-19 for inclusive societies in East and West as well as those developing new approaches to re-imagine the role of private and collective income transfer and social investment programmes amidst the ‘New Normal’ post-Covid-19 environment. We also encourage contributions with a comparative and global perspective, particularly those including both East Asian and Western cases. It is a long tradition of EASP and FISS to invite papers by postgraduate students and early-career researchers as well as established scholars working in the field of social welfare, social security, and social policy analysis.

Confirmed Keynote speakers:

Prof. Janet Gornick, City University New York, United States

Prof. HyeKyung Lee, Yonsei University, South Korea

Prof. David Gordon, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

The conference programme will include a special panel of local experts on ‘Hong Kong Social Policy at a Crossroads’ chaired by Prof. Bea Cantillon, University of Antwerp, Belgium. Further details will be provided later.

Depending on the final selection of submitted papers and panels, the conference will comprise the following streams (as well as any other aspects of social policy in an Open Stream):

1:      Social Policy Responses to the Covid-19 Crisis
2:      Welfare States & Welfare Regimes
3:      Social Security & Social Justice
4:      Governance, Democracy & Participation
5:      Migration, Social Rights & Citizenship Stratification
6:      Population & Demographic Change
7:      Health & Human Well-being
8:      Economic & Social Inequalities
9:      Poverty & Social Inclusion
10:    Education & Vocational Training
11:    Ageing & Gerontechnology
12:    Labour Markets & Employment
13:    Housing & Urbanisation
14:    Gender Inequality & Work-Family Reconciliation
15:    Sustainability, Environmental Management & Social Security

Those wishing to present a paper should submit an abstract of between 200 and 300 words. Information enclosed with any abstract should include:stream number, title of paper; author name(s); affiliation(s); and email address of one corresponding author.

Those wishing to organise a panel should submit apanel proposal. Information enclosed with any panel proposal should include:title of panel; objective of panel (between 200 and 300 words); names and affiliations of all panel organiser(s) and participating members; along with abstracts of three or four papers (between 200 and 300 words each); an e-mail address of one corresponding panel organiser.

In order to assist the organisers to arrange the best possible conference, all those submitting either a paper abstract or panel proposal are asked to indicate whether their intention is to attend the conference in person or remotely. People will be allowed to change their preference later, but an early indication of the balance between the two forms of attendance will assist the organisers to make appropriate arrangements and set the conference fee.

Submissions for the17thannualEASP conference should be sent to easp2021hk@gmail.com. Submissions for theFISS 2020 Conference should be sent to fiss2021hk@gmail.com.The deadline for abstracts and panel proposals is 5 March 2020.
The FISS Best Paper Prize of 300 Euros will be awarded by a selection committee from the FISS Board of Governors and the winning paper will be published inThe Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. The author(s) will also receive two years free subscription to the journal.

Important dates:
Submission of abstracts and panel proposals: 5 March 2020
Notification of applicants: 31 March 2020
Early booking & registration will start from 1 April 2020

Further details about the conference programme and venue will be announced shortly. For any queries, please contact stefankuehner@LU.edu.hk or Julie.Janssens@uantwerpen.be.

The East Asian Social Policy Research Network (http://welfareasia.org) is a regional association for facilitating research exchange among social policy analysts and providing a forum and network of communication for the development of social policy in East Asia and beyond.

The Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (http://fiss-socialsecurity.org/) is an independent, non-profit association that aims to promote international, multidisciplinary research on social security, including its relationships with other aspects of society (such as the labour market, unemployment, poverty, income redistribution, savings, housing, the family, health and well-being).



June 24th-26th, 2021
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice -Online Event

Dear colleague,

The organizing committee of the 
Transforming care 2021 conference now invites you to submit your abstract to one or more of our Thematic Panels, see attachment with Call for Papers.

Please find more information and submit your abstract here: http://www.transforming-care.net/conference-2021-venice/presentation/

Call for Papers is open until Jan 31th, 2021.

The Transforming Care Conference series focuses on early child education and care, care for adults with disabilities and long-term care for older people. Four main dimensions of transforming care are addressed in the conference through parallel Thematic Panels and Symposia sessions, while a fifth dimension refer to policies and practices during the corona pandemic:

·        Changes in the institutional setting of care systems and in care policy
·        The impact and dilemmas of social and policy innovation in care services
·        Changes in intergenerational care arrangements and informal care
·        Transformations affecting care workers and their working conditions
·        Care policies and practices during the Corona pandemic: difficulty in crisis management, social and political impacts, prospects for the future.

The 2021 conference  will have the overall theme of: Time in Care: The Temporality of Care Policy and Practices. In addition to the Thematic Panels, which are open for abstract submission, we have Symposia where identified speakers will present state-of-the-art of a particular and topical theme and research. Our three esteemed keynote speakers will be addressing the conference theme of changing priorities from each their research perspective:

Professor Margarita Estevez-Abe, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, US:LTC System and Pandemic Preparedness: Lessons from the COVID19

Professor Peter Moss, UCL Institute of Education, University College London:Time for a change – rethinking time in education and care policy and practice

Due to the current pandemic, the Conference will be held online. The online format will allow us to contribute to the containment of the pandemic and to environmental sustainability, and to lower participation fees. Alongside keynotes and paper presentations and discussions, there will be opportunities for networking and sociability.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference in June 2021!

For the steering committee, Barbara Da Roit

For questions or information about the conference: tcc2021@unive.it


Call for contributions


Global Dynamics of Social Policy series - Call for Proposals

Lorraine Frisina Doetter, Delia González de Reufels, Kerstin Martens and Marianne Ulriksen

This series welcomes studies on the waves, ruptures and transformative periods of welfare state expansion and retrenchment globally, that is, across nation states and the world as well as across history since the inception of the modern Western welfare state in the nineteenth century. It takes a comprehensive and globalized perspective on social policy, and the approach will help to locate and explain episodes of retrenchment, austerity, and tendencies toward dewelfarization in particular countries, policy areas and/or social risk-groups by reference to prior, simultaneous or anticipated episodes of expansion or contraction in other countries, areas, and risks. One of the aims of this series is to address the different constellations that emerge between political and economic actors including international and intergovernmental organizations, political actors and bodies, and business enterprises. A better understanding of these dynamics improves the reader’s grasp of social policy making, social policy outputs and ultimately the outcomes of social policy.


Proposals can be sent to the series editors, or Palgrave editor Sharla Plant sharla.plant@palgrave.com.



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