The EASP is run by a board of determined social policy academics across the globe. The members are designated by agreement of the board based on the recommendation of current or previous members and consideration of the balance in gender, country base, and seniority. The chair, and secretary are nominated among current or previous members with a two-year term. The EASP also operates separate committees for the effective functioning of the Board, including the Graduate Workshop Committee, the Graduate Paper Prize Committee, and the Finance Committee.

Bingqin Li


the University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Bingqin Li is a Professor of Social Policy. Her works focus on social inclusion and policy governance. The research fields cover urbanisation and migration, ageing, child policy, and public health in China and in comparison. She works extensively with partners such as international agencies, public sector organisations, and community organisations.

Qian Jiwei


National University of Singapore

Qian Jiwei is a Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. His current research interests include Innovation policy, Social policy, and Health Policy.

Julia Shu-Huah Wang

Postgraduate Workshop Committee (Chair)

National Taiwan University

Julia Shu-Huah Wang is an Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work at National Taiwan University. Her research focuses on social welfare policies, poverty alleviation interventions, immigration policies, and the well-being of families. She is currently conducting research on global welfare regimes as well as social safety nets in East Asia.

Shi Shih-jiun

Postgraduate Paper Prize Committee (Chair)

National Taiwan University

Shih-Jiunn Shi is a Professor at the Graduate Institute of National Development, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. His fields of research include comparative social policy with a particular regional focus on mainland China and Taiwan and EU social policy. Special topics covered include old age security, rural social security, federalism in welfare states, and the role of ideas.

Misa Izuhara

Finance Committee (Chair)

University of Bristol

Misa Izuhara FAcSS is a Professor of Social Policy at the School for Policy Studies, the University of Bristol, UK. She has been undertaking research extensively, both nationally and internationally, in the areas of housing and social change, ageing and intergenerational relations, and comparative policy analysis between the East and the West as well as within East Asia.

Chung-yang Yeh

Postgraduate Workshop Committee

Soochow University

Chung-Yang Yeh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Soochow University, Taiwan. His main research interest focuses on welfare attitude, comparative pension policy, and East Asian welfare states. A recent research project funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology (Taiwan) compares pension preferences in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

Sophia Seungyoon Lee

Postgraduate Workshop Committee

Chung-Ang University

Sophia Seung-yoon Lee is a full professor of social policy at Chung-Ang University, South Korea. Her major research fields are East Asian welfare states and labour markets, precarious workers, institutionalism and comparative research methodology. She was the first Vice-Chairperson of the Youth Policy Coordination Committee in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Kiwako Endo

Postgraduate Workshop Committee, Finance Committee & 2024 Conference Organisation Committee

Kinjo Gakuin University

Kiwako Endo is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Community and Social Welfare, Kinjo Gakuin University, Japan. Having a background in Social Work, her research interest is in welfare provision, community care and social policy. Her extensive research fields include ageing, long-term care, family policy, social isolation and housing policy.

Chikako Endo

Postgraduate Workshop Committee

Osaka University

Chikako Endo is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University. Her research crosses over the fields of political theory and social policy on issues relating to the social economy and cooperative organizations in the field of community welfare services and institutional changes to the welfare state.

He Jingwei Alex

Postgraduate Paper Prize Committee

The Education University of Hong Kong

Alex Jingwei He is Associate Head and Associate Professor of the Department of Asian and Policy Studies at the Education University of Hong Kong. He specializes in social policy reforms and health policy and governance in East Asia. He is associate editor of Policy and Society (SSCI Q1) and Journal of Asian Public Policy (SSCI Q1).

Jack Chan

Postgraduate Paper Prize Committee

Sun Yat-sen University

Jack W. K. Chan is an Associate Professor at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, and serves as the deputy secretary of the Social Policy Committee of the National Association of Sociology in China. He is interested in long-term care policy and education policy. He is

Stefan Kühner

Postgraduate Paper Prize Committee

Lingnan University

Stefan Kühner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy and an Affiliate Fellow of the Institute of Policy Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. His research interests centre on comparative and global social policy, emphasising poverty alleviation strategies, child and youth well-being, and the policies and politics of social development.

Aya Abe

2024 Conference Organisation Committee

Tokyo Metropolitan University

Aya Abe is a Professor at the Department of Human and Social Sciences and the Director of the Research Center for Child and Adolescent Poverty at the Tokyo Metropolitan University. Her research interests include measurement of poverty, child poverty and social policy.

Bo-Yung Kim


Yeungnam University

Bo-Yung Kim is a Professor at Yeungnam University in South Korea, where he teaches social welfare policy, social welfare administration, and social welfare laws and practices. His research interests cover social service delivery, social care policy, and policy development and process.

Ijin Hong

National Taiwan University

Ijin Hong is an Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute of National Development, National Taiwan University. Her research involves social policies in Europe and East Asia from a comparative perspective, and she is interested in welfare state theory, health and social services,  labour market policies, and migration issues.

Soohyun Christine Lee

King’s College London

Soohyun Christine Lee is a Korea Foundation Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Korean & East Asian Political Economy at the Department of European and International Studies, King’s College London. Soohyun’s research interests lie in the comparative political economy of welfare states with a regional focus on East Asia and Europe. Looking at how countries in the two different regions address the common challenges to their welfare states’ labour markets, her research investigates under what conditions successful welfare state reform can be achieved.

Yu Guo (Grace)

Renmin University

Yu Guo (Grace) is Head and Professor of the Department of Social Security at the School of Labor and Human Resources, Renmin University of China. She obtained her PhD degree from the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include ageing, pension, and social assistance.

Tao Liu

Zhejiang University (PRC)

Tao Liu is a full professor and doctoral supervisor at the School of Public Affairs of Zhejiang University; he has been chosen as a ‘Leading Talent’ in Liberal Arts at Zhejiang University since 2020. The main research directions are social policy, welfare states, public policy, social governance, etc. The current main research interests are ageing and long-term care insurance, child welfare, medical insurance, social governance, social policy in the digital age, ecological transformation of the welfare state, and so on.