Call for papers

The 11th EASP annual conference

Managing Changing Welfare Needs in a Growing Transborder East Asia: Social Policy Responses

at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM):
July 24-25 (Thursday-Friday), 2014.

Joint-hosted by 
The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work &
The Center for Korean Studies at University of Hawaii at Manoa


East Asian Social Policy research network (EASP) conferences have attempted to enhance the quality and quantity of research on fast changing East Asian social policies, and to provide a forum for exchanging ideas for researchers. The 11th EASP (East Asian Social Policy) International Annual Conference will be held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) on July 24-25, 2014 on ‘Managing Changing Welfare Needs in a Growing Transborder East Asia: Social Policy Responses’. 

Welfare needs in East Asia are changing. Also the rapid social change and diversity in a growing transborder East Asia are casting challenges, and discussion on the future policy orientation is gaining its attention not only within East Asian countries but also globally. Fast changing economies and societies in East Asia present rather complicated features as the experiences may be quite different from other countries in the world in terms of their speed, cultural aspects and complexity. In managing these challenges, governments are developing social policies and the East Asian welfare states are going through some restructuring. This includes not only problems in conventional social policy areas such as unemployment, inequality and poverty, family breakdown, and aging society, but also, possibly, new wave of transformation of society. 

The EASP international conference will provide a forum for lively discussion address a range of issues relating to these challenges in East Asia, identify future research agenda and discuss on the role of social policy.

We particularly wish to invite paper proposals that reflect on this theme, however, also invite papers on any aspect of social policy within East Asian region and stress that papers from outside of this theme will be accommodated, as is the usual practice for the EASP.

We also welcome panel proposals which address the overall theme and/or the sub-themes. Those wishing to organize a panel should submit a panel proposal which includes the title and objective of panel (250-300 words), the details of panel organiser(s) and all participating members, along with abstracts of three (or four) papers.

Stream 1: Welfare state, Welfare regimes and Governance
Stream 2: Migration and diversity
Stream 3: Family and care
Stream 4: Health and Well-being
Stream 5: Housing
Stream 6: Education
Stream 7: Ageing society and the elderly
Stream 8: Labour Markets and Inequality
Stream 9: Urbanization and changing welfare needs
Stream 10: Social Protection and Income Maintenance
Stream 11: Economic & Environmental Sustainability

Papers may examine these issues from divergent perspectives that include theoretical and empirical angles. Papers may be comparative, or case studies which have broader implications for East Asian countries and/or for the development of research methods. Particularly, as the main theme addresses Managing Changing Welfare Needs in a Growing Transborder East Asia, suggestive and prepositional approaches are encouraged. We also welcome papers by those who are at an early stage in their career.

Those wishing to present in the conference should submit a 250-300 word abstract or a panel proposal to the EASP ( by 2 March 2014. Information enclosed with your abstract should include: Stream number, title of paper; your name; institution; and email address.

[Keynote speakers]

  • Prof. Guan Xinping, Nankai University
  • Mr. Sang-Bum Kim, 1st Deputy Mayor at Seoul Metropolitan City
  • Prof. Masakazu Shirasawa, Oberin University
  • Prof. Neil Gilbert, University of California at Berkeley
  • Prof. Tae-Ung Baik, University of Hawaii at Manoa

[Main deadlines]
Submission of paper abstract: 14 March 2014
Notification of applicants: 18 March 2014
Early booking and registration starts from 19 March 2014

The list of key notes speakers are to be confirmed soon.

If you have any queries, please contact EASP at (

Call for Papers: The 11th EASP Annual Conference