Calls for Participations


Sustainable Care International Conference

CARE: challenges and solutions for a sustainable future

Hosted by the Sustainable Care programme

1-2 April 2020 in Sheffield, UK

Registration is now open.Early bird rates are available until 17 January 2020.

Around the world, arrangements for the care of people who need help to manage daily life are evolving. Care is needed ‘at home’ and ‘across continents’; it must meet the needs of individuals and of families and communities; it must be possible alongside paid work and connect with health services. It can occur at any life stage, is of incalculable value, yet comes at no small cost; its consequences for families and social relations truly matter.

Changing families, longer lives and shifting economic and policy contexts lie behind this evolution. Yet today, care arrangements are not sustainable; too often they fail to deliver wellbeing. Forms of care work are diversifying, yet care remains low status work. Users offered ‘choice’ face rationed services. Public systems are under strain, market actors struggle and the role of technologies remains unclear.

Organised by the Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems team based in the UK, this conference offers a space for critical analysis, constructive debate and forward thinking. It will provide ‘food for thought’ and a guide to action for researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and all who consider decent care a vital issue of our time. We hope you will join us.

For further information please see https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/sustainable_welfare_beyond_growth


Calls for Applications

Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences 2020

Linking Theory and Empirical Research

July 20 - 30 | 2020  Berlin

We are delighted to announce the 10th edition of the Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences. The summer school aims at supporting young researchers by strengthening their ability in linking theory and empirical research. The two-week program creates an excellent basis for the development of their current research designs.

In the first week, we address the key methodological challenges of concept-building, causation/explanation, and micro-macro linkage that occur in almost all research efforts. We strive for a clarification of the epistemological foundations underlying methodological paradigms. In the second week, these methodological considerations are applied to central empirical fields of research in political science, sociology, and other related disciplines. In this second part of the program, participants are assigned to four thematic groups according to their own research topic. The thematic areas covered are: "Global Governance & International Relations", "Citizenship, Migration, and Identities", "Social Struggle and Globalization", and "Democracy at the Crossroads".

The program is characterized by a varied format comprised of lectures, workshops, seminars, and a one-to-one consultation. During the summer school, participants will also have the opportunity to present and discuss their own work extensively. Participants will be provided with hands-on advice for their research designs.

The school brings together a faculty of renowned international and Berlin-based scholars. Among the confirmed international lecturers are Ann Swidler (UC Berkeley), David Stark (The University of Texas at Austin), Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore), Felix Berenskoetter (SOAS University of London), Hendrik Wagenaar (University of Sheffield) and Vera Troeger (University of Warwick).

The Berlin Summer School was co-funded by the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. Details on the location and tuition fees can be found on our webpage www.berlinsummerschool.de.

The international summer school is open to up to 60 PhD candidates, advanced master students, and young postdocs. The call for applications is currently open. Applications can be submitted online via the application form on the summer school webpage until March 22, 2020.

The decisions of the selection committee will be announced to the applicants in April. If you have any further questions, please contact the organizing team at bgsssumm@hu-berlin.de.


New Master's Programme at the University of Tübingen

The Ministry of Education of the state of Baden-Württemberg has recently approved the introduction of a new degree programme, Master of Public Policy and Social change (MPPSC), at the University of Tübingen. MPPSC is an international programme, taught and examined in English and delivered by an international team of faculty members.The programme provides students with knowledge of the relevant sociological and political science theories and methodological skills enabling them to analyse and critically assess policies and social change. A core element of the programme is its international comparative focus. Students will critically assess the performance of countries and effectiveness of policies in dealing with social change and societal and economic challenges. The guiding principles of the course are research excellence, societal relevance, and ethical responsibility.

At its core, the MPPSC programme is based on three pillars: a) (comparative) public policy analysis; b) the analysis of social structures and social change; and c) advanced methods. In addition to the core obligatory courses within the three pillars, students can choose from various specialisation courses in comparative public policy, the analysis of social inequalities, and the effectiveness of interventions. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to choose from interdisciplinary electives in (a) comparative (European) politics, (b) ethics and sustainability, and (c) economics and econometrics.

MPPSC, a joint venture between the Institute of Political Science and the Department of Sociology, will be open for applications between 3 February and 31 May 2020.

For more information, visit the programme website at https://uni-tuebingen.de/fakultaeten/wirtschafts-und-sozialwissenschaftliche-fakultaet/faecher/fachbereich-sozialwissenschaften/ifp/studium/studium/master/master-of-public-policy-and-social-change-ma/ or contact MPPSC Program Lead Dr. Mikko Kuisma at mikko.kuisma@uni-tuebingen.de.



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