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Welfare State


Topics of interest for our members include:

Welfare attitudes

  • Attitudes towards the future of the welfare state
  • Attitudes towards deservingness and benefit claimants
  • Welfare chauvinism

Family and work

  • Parenting/post-separation parenting
  • Division of labour in the household and in the labour market
  • Work flexibility and work-life balance

Children and young people

  • Young people’s labour market conditions

Poverty and insecurity

  • Labour market insecurity and the role of welfare state institutions
  • Labour market activation criteria and implementation

Old age

  • Employment in old age
  • Dress and old age

Cross-national comparative research

  • Cross-European analysis
  • EU and national policies
  • East Asia, especially focusing on China and Korea
  • Comparative analysis of UK and US

Editorial board memberships

Our members are on the editorial boards of the following journals:

  • Journal of Social Policy
  • Social Policy & Administration
  • Sociological Research Online
  • Cultural and Social History

Book series editors

Our members are editors of the following book series:

  • Policy Press Book Series ‘Research in Comparative and Global Social Policy’

Board memberships

Our members are on the executive boards of the following associations:

  • Social Policy Association
  • Korean Association of Social Policy
  • Korean Critical Social Welfare Association

Convenors of study groups

  • BSA Aging Body and Society
  • WFRN Economic and Public Policy

Members’ projects