Call for Papers

The 15th East Asian Social Policy (EASP) Research Network Annual Conference

Social Policy in Post-Growth East Asia

5-6 July 2018 at the University of Bristol, UK

Two decades have passed since the Asian Financial Crisis, many East Asian societies now share similar post-growth characteristics such as low economic growth, precarious labour markets, ageing of the population, and declining marriage and fertility rates. One of the outcomes is widening social stratification. Within such post-growth social context, the 2018 conference will examine the impact of social, economic and demographic changes on social policy and consider challenges facing the region. We encourage papers which engage with theoretical, empirical and practical aspects. Comparative analysis within and across East Asia and beyond is particularly welcome. We also welcome papers by postgraduate students, early-career researchers, as well as established scholars working in the field of social policy on East Asia.

Plenary Speakers:

  • Professor Evelyne Huber, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
  • Professor Ian Gough, Visiting Professor, London School of Economics / Emeritus Professor, University of Bath, UK
  • Professor Ito Peng, the Canada Research Chair in Global Social Policy & Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Professor Jae-jin Yang, Professor, Department of Public Administration, Yonsei University, South Korea

The conference consists of the following streams as well as other aspects of social policy (open stream) within post-growth social context:

  • Stream 1:  Welfare states and welfare regimes
  • Stream 2:  Governance, democracy and participation
  • Stream 3:  Migration, citizenship and diversity
  • Stream 4:  Family and care
  • Stream 5:  Health and well-being
  • Stream 6:  Poverty and social exclusion
  • Stream 7:  Education
  • Stream 8:  Ageing and the life-course
  • Stream 9:  Work, labour markets and security
  • Stream 10:  Housing and urbanisation
  • Stream 11:  Social protection
  • Stream 12:  Economic and environmental sustainability
  • Stream 13:  Open stream

Those who wish to present a paper at the conference should submit a 250 word abstract to the Network ( by Monday 12 March 2018. In your abstract, please include information such as 1) title of paper; 2) author name/s (highlighting a corresponding author for joint paper); 3) name of affiliated institution; 4) email address; and also clearly indicate the name of the stream in which you want to present your paper.

We also welcome panel proposals which address vital and relevant issues in relation to the main theme. Those wishing to organise a panel should submit a proposal which includes the title and objective of the panel (250 words), the details of panel organiser(s) and all participating members, along with abstracts of three or four papers.


  • Submission of paper abstract: 12 March 2018
  • Notification of applicants: 31 March 2018
  • Early booking and registration starts from 1 April 2018

If you have any queries, please contact EASP at

Call for Papers: the 15th EASP conference in 2018