WSF Newsletter #4/2017

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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 WSF Thematic Workshop on Welfare and Migration, HESTIA project providing expertise to WHO and news on the Thematic Workshop Schedule for 2017.

Your WSF Coordination Office

WSF Thematic Workshops

Discussing Key Challenges to Today’s Globalized World: Tensions Between Migration and the National Welfare State – The WSF Thematic Workshop on Welfare and Migration at The Hague

The second Welfare State Futures (WSF) Thematic Workshop for 2017 took place at The Hague on March 16-17. After a short introduction by organizer Helga de Valk, Head of the WSF Project MobileWelfare and Theme Leader for Migration and Migrants at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI), the workshop started with individual project presentations by Project Leaders Marcel Lubbers (MIFARE),  Susanne Schmidt (TransJudFare), Anna Amelina (TRANSWEL), Jenny Phillimore (UPWEB) and Helga de Valk (MobileWelfare).

Freshly brought up to date on project content and progress, workshop participants could listen to the Lecture “A Close Look at the Welfare Magnet Hypothesis” by  Prof. Alicia Adserà, Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs (Princeton University), one of two Keynotes for the workshop at The Hague.
After a networking lunch the workshop was continued with the Masterclass – individual paper presentations by PhD students and Postdocs from the different WSF Projects. In addition to the reflections and feedback by senior scholar Prof. Alicia Adserà, workshop participants were assigned to comment on and discuss each others scientific output. Parallel to the Masterclass, the participating projects’ Principal Investigators engaged in discussion on migration and the welfare state.

The first workshop day closed with a networking dinner and great expections for the second workshop day which offered another Keynote by Prof. Jean-Michel Lafleur, Université de Liège, who currently holds a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to work on a project entitled “Migration and Transnational Social Protection in Post-crisis Europe”. Furthermore, the second workshop day focused on stakeholder communication. Susanne Maris, an experienced trainer and coach, specialized in talent development of high potentials in higher education, led a seminar for Masterclass students to understand the importance of targeted stakeholder communication – adapting the way of presenting research findings to the non-scientific community.

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Discovering the Nature and Impact of Variations in Child Protection Systems: HESTIA Project News

The HESTIA project aims to discover the nature and impact of variations in child protection systems through a comparison of three quite different welfare states (England, Germany, the Netherlands). It includes a comparative analysis of child protection policy and empirical studies of child protection practice.

Second Global Status Report on Violence Prevention by WHO - Project Leader Prof. Hans Grietens to join Expert Group

Prof. Hans Grietens, Project Leader of HESTIA, has been invited by the World Health Organization to join a working group on the preparation of the Second Global Status Report on Violence Prevention. The meeting will be held 11-12 April in Geneva. Hans Grietens is also invited by the World Health Organization Regional office for Europe (in collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers) to participate in a Nordic Baltic workshop in Riga, Latvia, June 1-2, on the prevention of child maltreatment. The World Health Organization will be asked to become a member of HESTIA's stakeholders’ group.

Social Work with Families with Complex Needs in Europe and Latin America - HESTIA Researcher Mónica López López  presenting at UNAM,  Monterrey, Mexico
Mónica López López, researcher from HESTIA at the University of Groningen, gave two conferences about decision-making in child protection on the 27th of February at the Faculty of Psychology, and on the 2nd of March at the Institute of Juridical Research at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico). UNAM researchers from both institutes showed great interest in the application of HESTIA framework for conducting the analysis of the Mexican child protection policies.


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)

June 19-20, 2017
WSF Thematic Workshop on "Inequalities and Welfare States"
Oslo, Norway
Organization: Kalle Moene (GIWeS), Alexander Cappelen (FPRWS)
Registration is open until April 30, 2017

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

Birmingham, UK
Anna Amelina (TRANSWEL), Jenny Phillimore (UPWEB)

19-21 April 2017
17th European Conference for Social Work Research
Aalborg, Denmark

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

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