WSF Newsletter #9/2017

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 CfP for the WSF final conference, the past Summer School and Thematic Workshop "The Future of Child and Family Welfare Policy: Looking Through Different Lenses", the final Workshop of HiNEWS project, new UPWEB working papers, a blog post featuring TransJudFare research on the effect of EU immigration on welfare systems, and two contributions by TransJudFare researchers to a EUDO CITIZENSHIP forum debate.

Your WSF Coordination Office

WSF Final Conference
News from the Scientific Programme Coordinator

The call for proposals for the Welfare State Futures final conference has been distributed to all WSF researchers. The deadline is October 1. As this is the final year of our programme, many projects are holding their final meetings. For example, HiNews has scheduled a two-day event in Paris from 25-26 September (see below). We look forward to reporting on it in our next issue!

Report - Summer School and Thematic Workshop "The Future of Child and Family Welfare Policy: Looking Through Different Lenses"
by Mónica López López

The Welfare State Futures projects HESTIA and FACSK organised a thematic workshop and a summer school titled “The Future of Child and Family Welfare Policy: Looking Through Different Lenses” from 21 to 25 August 2017. The main focus of this school was the comparative analysis of child and family welfare regimes in Europe. Besides the inspiring and interesting lectures, this summer school provided the enriching opportunity for the HESTIA and FACSK researchers to meet, share the results of their respective projects, and exchange ideas for future research.

During each day of the summer school we reviewed a specific topic of child and family welfare research. During the first day of the summer school, we had several presentations about child and family welfare of various countries to introduce the child welfare regimes that are captured in the HESTIA and FACSK research projects (the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and England). Later that day, PhD students presented their work during 3 parallel sessions. On Tuesday, we discussed the strengths, possibilities and challenges of conducting international comparative research in the field child and family welfare and some of the initial research findings of the HESTIA and FACSK research project were shared. Moreover, school participants for Ghana, Georgia, and Poland gave presentations about child and family welfare in their countries. The main theme of Wednesday was the voice of families – parents and children – in research. During a workshop delivered by young people of the Youth Taskforce, the participants and speakers of the school targeted challenges in conducting research in collaboration with children. On Thursday, we reviewed child and family welfare from social workers’ perspective. On the last day, decision-making in child and family welfare was the main focus of the presentations, with the presence of Margrite Kalverboer, the Ombudsperson for Children in the Netherlands.

To read the whole report, go to

Upcoming - Final Workshop of HiNEWS Project, Paris, 25-26 September 2017

After  three years of intensive research on the project  ‘Health Inequalities in European Welfare States’ the HiNEWS team is organizing a final workshop. The aim of this workshop is to present the results of the work packages and disseminate the lessons learned with their collaborators and partners in academia, non-profit and governmental organizations. This event, additionally,  will be a great opportunity for more informal discussion on the future of research with representatives from: European Commission –  DG REGIO & DG SANTE , OECD – Health Division, WHO  –  European Office for Investment for Health and Development, Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER), Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), European Social Survey (ESS), Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, European Partnership for Improving Health Equity & Wellbeing (EuroHealthNet). There are still a few places available and registrations are open until 11 September by inquiring at mirza.balaj (at) The workshop program can be downloaded here.

New WSF Working Papers by Project UPWEB

Researchers of project UPWEB have produced four new working papers that are available from the WSF Working Paper Series. Arshad Isakjee has authored Welfare State Regimes: A Literature Review, which seeks to position the UPWEB research project in relation to discourses on welfare regimes. The UPWEB project is exploring the workings of healthcare in four European states with different types of welfare governance. Any comparison between these case studies depends on an analysis of welfare regimes themselves, their construction, their validity and applicability.

Three additional UPWEB Working Papers introduce such case studies of Birmingham (UK), Uppsala (Sweden) and Lisbon (Portugal). UPWEB will reconceptualise welfare theory through responding to the question of how all residents living in superdiverse neighbourhoods put together their healthcare. Increasing population complexity, heterogeneity and pace of change under globalisation has provoked a need to rethink welfare design, alongside issues of engagement, approachability and effectiveness. The three reports focus on the welfare bricolage of residents in the respective towns, highlighting how they access healthcare and the barriers they face within the healthcare system.

The Effect of EU Immigration on Welfare Systems – Answering “Boon or Burden?” with Evidence From Denmark

The free movement of people – one of the ‘four freedoms’ of goods, capital, services and labour – is a fundamental principle of the EU’s single market, which seeks to build a borderless European economy. However, since the EU’s enlargement to the east in 2004, free movement has no longer been perceived exclusively in terms of mutual benefit. Populist politicians now compete for votes using claims of welfare tourism.  According  to  the  “welfare magnet”  hypothesis, migrants  with  a  high  likelihood  of  claiming  benefits cluster in the most generous welfare systems. Given that many Danes view their welfare system as being particularly generous and attractive, fears of ‘welfare magnetism’ are especially prominent in Denmark.

In their latest research published in European Union Politics, Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen (TransJudFare, University of Copenhagen) and Gabriel Pons Rotger from The Danish National Centre for Social Research (SFI) present results of the impact EU immigration has had on welfare spending in Denmark.
The authors conclude that EU citizens have made important contributions to financing the Danish welfare state, thus inviting us to rethink the free movement-welfare state nexus. Against current political discourse, their findings suggest that the welfare state is much less vulnerable to the impact of free movement than would dictate, and in fact that the public finances of a state can benefit from EU immigration.

For more information, please visit

Susanne Schmidt and Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen Contribute to EUDO CITIZENSHIP Forum Debate "Should EU Citizenship be Duty-free?"

TransJudFare Project Leader Susanne Schmidt and Princial Investigator Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen have contributed two opinion pieces on a EUDO CITIZENSHIP forum debate on the question of whether EU Citizenship should be duty-free. Project TransJudFare deals with two challenges for welfare states in the (EU): the transnationalization of citizenship and welfare rights and the judicialization of politics. Thus, researchers can provide substantial expertise on the question of EU citizenship rights.

EUDO CITIZENSHIP is an observatory within the European Union Observatory on Democracy (EUDO) web platform hosted at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute in Florence and provides country profiles, databases, indicators, publications, news and commentaries on the issue of EU citizenship. In the commentary section, the platform holds so-called EUDO CITIZENSHIP Forum debates, which start with a kickoff contribution on a controversial question of general interest to academic and policy communities. New comments then engage with previous contributions and address the question asked in the forum title.

Click here to read more about Schmidt's and Martinsen's contributions



25-26 September 2017
HiNEWS Final Workshop

Paris, France
There are still a few places available and registrations are open until 11 September by inquiring at mirza.balaj (at)

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

Birmingham, UK
Anna Amelina (TRANSWEL), Jenny Phillimore (UPWEB)
Registration is open

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)

24-25 May 2018
WSF Final Conference
Florence, Italy
Call for Proposals is open
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