WSF Newsletter #5/2017

Dear <<Full Name>>,
the WSF newsletter keeps you up to date with all the news from the WSF research network, recent and upcoming events and publications.

This month's newsletter will inform you about the TransJudFare Team Meeting at EUSA Conference, HEALTHDOX survey questions in the
SOEP-IS 2017, EXCELC at the Finnish
Health Economics Day and the TRANSWEL Lecture Series.

Your WSF Coordination Office

News from the Scientific Programme Coordinator

At the NORFACE Network Board Meeting in Ljubljana 11-12th April 2017 members discussed the evaluation report of the Welfare State Futures Programme, plans for a Final WSF Conference, and the issue of Open Access amongst other things. The important information for WSF members is: a) the Evaluation Mid-Term Report will be available in June;  b) NORFACE has an Open Access Policy, and investigators are highly encouraged to publish in open access publications, and to purchase open access rights to the extent that their budgets will permit; c) the Board is willing to contribute to funding a Final Conference to be held on May 24-25th at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. More details to follow.

TransJudFare Research Teams Meeting at EUSA Conference in Miami
From May 4-6 the 15th Biennial Conference of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) took place in Miami, Florida. The EUSA is the premier scholarly and professional association focusing on the European Union, the ongoing integration processes, and transatlantic relations. The TransJudFare research project funded by the current Norface funding circle 'Welfare State Futures' addresses some of the EUSA core themes. It deals with two challenges for welfare states in the European Union (EU): the transnationalization of citizenship and welfare rights and the judicialization of politics. At this year’s EUSA conference members of the Austrian, Danish, German and Dutch team presented their analyses and responses to those challenges, among them Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen from the University of Copenhagen, member of the Danish TransJudFare Team. The presentation built upon her book An Ever More Powerful Court?: The Political Constraints of Legal Integration in the European Union which offers a careful theoretical and empirical examination of how the EU legislative process can influence and interact with CJEU decisions. In a special ceremony Martinsen’s book which is said to have the potential of becoming a landmark in European policy research has been awarded the EUSA Best Book Award 2015-2016. The full conference program can be downloaded at More information about the TransJudFare project at


Second Wave of Survey on "Private or Public Health Care? Evaluation, Attitudes, and Social Solidarity" accepted for SOEP-IS 2017
Diana Burlacu and Ellen Immergut (HEALTHDOX Germany) have successfully applied for having their survey questions on individual satisfaction with the health system and health solidarity included in the Innovation Sample of the Socio-Economic Panel Study in Germany again. Examining respondents’ answers in 2015, researchers had found differences between those who are privately and publicly insured in terms of both satisfaction and solidarity with the public provision of health care, and changes in public opinion after the 2015 waiting time reform. These results are discussed in different articles, one of them co-authored with Maria Oskarson and Björn Ronnerstrand (HEALTHDOX Sweden) accepted for inclusion in a special issue submission to the Journal of Social Policy and Administration. Burlacu and Immergut have nevertheless concluded that a second wave is needed for determining whether there is in fact a causal relationship between health insurance, evaluations of health system and solidarity. They look forward to providing a clearer answer to these questions in 2018 when the survey field ends. Read more about SOEP and the Innovation Sample here.

EXCELC Team’s Presentation on the Health Economics Day 2017 in Finland
By Dr Lien Nguyen and Ismo Linnosma
On the Health Economics Day last month in Finland, there were eight selected health economics presentations in the afternoon, one of which was from the Finnish members of the EXCELC team. Ismo Linnosmaa presented some findings from the study of self-assessed quality of life (QoL) among Austrian, English and Finnish people. Data used in the study were collected online last summer and sent to the team by Research Now. The results indicated that after having controlled for individual characteristics, there are no statistically significant differences in self-assessed QoL, though only between the English and Finnish people. Instead, the Austrian people were more likely to report better QoL than the Finns. In addition, the study lends support to the hypothesis of the positive association between QoL and income. People with higher income tend to assess QoL as very good or so good it could not be better. As the reasons behind the findings of differences in QoL between the three countries are not known, the EXCELC team plans to investigate the theme further in the near future.

The Health Economics Day (Terveystaloustieteen päivä) is an annual seminar traditionally held in February in Finland that brings together health service experts, policy makers, researchers and people interested in health economics. The usual programme of the day is divided into two parts. In the morning, invited speakers give talks on topics that are both topical and relevant from the perspective of health economics. The afternoon programme is composed of presentations of researchers presenting and discussing the most recent findings from their own research in health economics as well as organized sessions on some important topics in health economics.
TRANSWEL Summer Semester Lecture Series „Migration and Social Security in the EU: Theoretical Approaches and Empirical findings“ 
Lecture by Prof. Emma Carmel (TRANSWEL UK) “What is the European Union anyway? How the governance of social security and free movement can illuminate our understanding of the European Union”.
This lecture will examine the nexus of how mobility and welfare are governed in the EU in order to illuminate key characteristics of the Union. ‘The EU’ is understood to be constituted through discursive and governance practices, that shape its meaning, role and purposes and selectively structure social, political and economic relations within across and beyond the EU. This perspective helps explore how social security portability and transnational social protection are governed, and with what implications, for mobile EU citizens. It treats relevant Directives, case law, regulations and guidelines as a single corpus of discursive and governance practices. It interrogates them to reveal how mobility and welfare are articulated together as a) explicitly universal – generating ‘the mobile EU citizen’ as an abstract identity, where the EU is imagined as a limitless site of both mobility and welfare b) implicitly ‘European’ – setting common limits to what the Union does and marking out what characterizes the ideal ‘mobile citizen’, c) implicitly national – setting specific limits to the meaning and the authority of ‘the EU’. These practices jointly produce ‘the EU’ as an inequitable social space where the status of the EU citizen is ambiguous and citizenship ‘rights’ are contingent rather than protected.

30 May 2017, 5 pm @ University of Vienna, Department of Sociology, Rooseveltplatz 2, Seminar Room 3
HESTIA Team Think Tank - Participatory Process for Identifying Policy-relevant Research Questions in Child Protection
by Mónica López López, HESTIA Project
During a session celebrated on the 4th of May in Groningen, the Netherlands, the researchers of HESTIA presented findings from their NORFACE-funded project that are highly relevant for the development of child protection policy. The Think Tank was attended by the Alderman for Youth, Mattias Gijsbertsen, and a group of 12 policy makers from the Municipality of Groningen. The dean of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen, Kees Aarts, and the Head of Sustainable Society, Sharon Smit, joined the meeting and facilitated the debate. The group discussed the needs of the practice field and the research lines that should be prioritized in the future according to the experiences of policy makers, practitioners and researchers. The attendees received very positively the idea of a partnership with the team for the development of a multi-disciplinary group based at the University of Groningen for supporting complex decision-making in local child protection services. This event was organized by HESTIA team members Hans Grietens, Helen Bouma and Mónica López from the University of Groningen.


August 21-25, 2017 
WSF Thematic Workshop & Summer School on "The Future of Child and Family Welfare Policy"
Groningen, The Netherlands
Organization: Mónica López López (HESTIA), Lennart Nygren (FACSK)
Registration has closed

June 19-20, 2017
WSF Thematic Workshop on "Inequalities and Welfare States"
Oslo, Norway
Organization: Kalle Moene (GIWeS), Alexander Cappelen (FPRWS)
Registration has closed

December 5-6, 2017
WSF Thematic Workshop on "Migration and Welfare"

Birmingham, UK
Anna Amelina (TRANSWEL), Jenny Phillimore (UPWEB)
Registration will open end of May

14-17 June 2017
31th Annual Conference of the European Society for Population Economics
Glasgow, Scotland

21 - 23 June 2017
Health and Demographic Research (HeDeRa) Workshop ‘Comparing Health Across Societies (CHASE) - Keynote of Professor Bernice A. Pescosolido about ‘The Global Landscape of Stigma

3-5 July 2017
Regulating Decent Work (RDW) 2017 Conference
Geneva, Switzerland

12-14 July 2017
Council of European Studies Conference
Glasgow, UK
Papers accepted: Diana Burlacu (HEALTHDOX), Tamara Popic/Simone Schneider/Maria Asensio (HEALTHDOX), Ave Roots (HEALTHDOX) +++ DEADLINE for presenting authors to upload their papers: 29 June, 2017

12-15 August  2017
Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association
Montreal, Canada
Accepted paper: Simone Schneider (HEALTHDOX)
14-16 September 2017
ESPAnet 2017 Conference - New Horizons of European Social Policy: Risks, Opportunities and Challenges
Lisbon, Portugal
Stream Convenors from or affiliated with WSF Network
Stream 14: Health, Employment Status and Disability: A Comparative and Institutional Perspective (Verle Buffel and Kristian Heggebo, HiNEWS)
Stream 24: The Achilles' Heel of Health Care Futures (Maria Asensio, HEALTHDOX and Beatriz Padilla, UPWEB)

29 August – 1 September 2017
European Sociological Association Conference
Athens, Greece

TRANSWEL Lecture Series “Migration and social security in the EU: Theoretical approaches and empirical findings”
Universität Wien, Department of Sociology, 5pm, Seminar Room 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1090 Vienna, Austria

30 May 2017
Emma Carmel, University of Bath
What is the European Union anyway? How the governance of social security and free movement can illuminate our understanding of the European Union

13 June 2017
Elisabeth Scheibelhofer, Nora Regös, Clara Holzinger, Universität Wien

Im Labyrinth europäischer Systeme sozialer Sicherung. (Transnationale) Erfahrungen ungarischer MigrantInnen in Österreich

31 May 2017
WSF PI's should submit their Short Form reports and Financial Reports to their Project Leaders and upload their project updates to Isaac.

24-25 May 2018
WSF Final Conference
planned for Florence, Italy


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