WSF Newsletter #6/2016

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 past and upcoming conferences and new policy briefings from the HESTIA project.

We hope you enjoy the read!

Your WSF Coordination Office

Child Protection Systems - Insights from England, Germany and The Netherlands

"During the last decades, discussions and awareness about the rights and well-being of children have increased in Germany. In particular, sexual and physical abuse, as well as neglect, has been widely discussed in public which has led to an increased effort to prevent child maltreatment and promote children’s well-being. Nevertheless, the need for intervention by the state was recognised over a century ago in 1900 with the legal definition of the term, “endangerment of the child’s wellbeing” (Kindeswohlgefährdung) being written into the German civil code (§ 1666 BGB)."

The full assessments on child protection systems in Germany, England and The Netherlands can be downloaded at the Welfare State Futures website and at the individual project´s website
ESPAnet 2016 Conference: Beyond Sessions and Panels. A Valuable Opportunity to Strengthen the WSF Network
The ESPAnet conference provided an opportunity for a number of WSF researchers to meet and discuss their work. WSF researchers met with the EPSAnet Board at a joint dinner, there were a number of panels devoted to WSF projects, and there was plenty of time to develop cross-project cooperation, especially amongst the younger researchers.

Post-docs and PhD-researchers enjoyed the focused, inspiring, and familiar atmosphere of the ESPAnet meeting and greatly benefitted from being part of the larger WSF-network. They could present and discuss preliminary findings, plan the next empirical steps, benefit from insights into other projects, and socialise. This is what they had to say:

"The 2016 Annual ESPAnet conference was a huge success. It gave us the opportunity of presenting and discussing early findings of our Welfare State Futures: Our Children's Europe (WelfSOC) project. Conferences such as ESPAnet are fantastic in order to meet new people, discuss future cooperation and catching up with some great colleagues. I very much look forward to the next one!" Benjamin Leruth, University of Kent  (WelfSOC)

"As always great time at ESPAnet - very impressed by all the innovative research going on like basic income experiments (Finland and the Netherlands) and WSF-research on corruption in the healthcare system." Nadine Reibling, Universität Siegen (HiNEWS)

“This was my first ever ESPAnet conference and I was really impressed about how well it was organized. For me it was especially a great opportunity for meeting colleagues from the WelfSOC-project that I have just recently become a part of – and to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the project.” Mathias Herup Nielsen, Aalborg University  (WelfSOC)

"After the ESS conference, the ESPAnet offered another great opportunity to meet the fellow colleagues from the WSF projects. As the largest European conference on social policy, it also provided an excellent overview of the state of the art in the field and was a great place to exchange ideas and get a valuable feedback on my own work." Tamara Popic, University of Lisbon (HEALTHDOX)

“As always, I really enjoyed the annual ESPAnet conference. This time, it was not only the perfect occasion to meet friends and colleagues and discuss my work, but also to come together with WelfSOC-project colleagues and push forward our current activities, and to get to know other researchers from the WSF-community.” Katharina Zimmermann, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (WelfSOC)

More information about individual WSF projects and pictures of the ESPAnet conference can be retrieved at


4-6 October 2016
WSF Thematic Workshop on "Health Politics, Health Policy, and Health Inequalities"
Mannheim, Germany
Organization: Claus Wendt (HiNEWS)

February 22-24, 2017
WSF Thematic Workshop on "Welfare State Attitudes"
Gothenburg, Sweden
Organization: Wim van Oorschot (WelfSOC Partner), Maria Oskarsson and Björn Rönnerstrand (HEALTHDOX)

March 16-17 2017
WSF Thematic Workshop on "Migration and Welfare"
The Hague, The Netherlands
Organization: Helga de Valk (MobileWelfare)

August 12-16, 2017
WSF Thematic Workshop & Summer School on "The Future of Child and Family Welfare Policy"
Groningen, The Netherlands
Oragnization: Mónica López López (HESTIA), Lennart Nygren (FACSK)


15–17 September 2016
28th Annual Conference of the European Association of Labour Economists
Ghent, Belgium

6-8 January 2017
2017 Allied Social Sciences Associations Annual Meeting
Chicago, IL, USA

11-15 January 2017
SSWR 21st Annual Conference "Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth"

San Francisco, CA, USA

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