February 2014




Andrew McGettigan

Managerialism, Democracy and the New Political Economy of English Higher Education




Mary Stuart

Reconnecting and Re–Purposing the Civic Purpose of Universities

Diane Reay

From Academic Freedom to Academic Capitalism

Nick Stevenson

Wars Over English The Culture Schools

Timothy Clarke, Pojanath Bhatanacharoen & David Greatbatch

Manufacturing Management Celebrity

Malcolm James

Mark Duggan and Britain’s Postcolonial Politics of Death

Paola Tubaro

Why Online Privacy is not Dead: Negotiation and Conflict in Social Media

Michael O’Regan

The Tyrannies of Collaborative Consumption

Des Fitzgerald, Nikolas Rose,
& Ilina Singh

Urban Life and Mental Health: Re-Visiting Politics, Society and Biology

                Jackie Turton

Moral Panics and Youth Crime – Where are the Girls?

John Veit-Wilson

Poverty 50 Years On – But What is Poverty?



Priyamvada Gopal

The Assault on Higher Education and Democracy


On the Frontline:


Mahmoona Shah

Further Education – for other people’s children?


Policy Briefing:


John Holmwood

Whither Fees and Loans?

Managing Editors: John Holmwood (University of Nottingham) and Sue Scott (University of York)

Editorial Board: Kehinde Andrews (Newman University); Lorenza Antonucci (University of West of Scotland); Les Back (Goldsmiths); Ben Baumberg (University of Kent); Gurminder K. Bhambra (University of Warwick); Mark Carrigan (University of Warwick); Suzanne Hall (LSE); Steve MacKay (University of Lincoln); David Mellor (University of Oxford); Alison Shaw (Policy Press at the University of Bristol); Katherine Smith (University of Edinburgh); Emma Uprichard (University of Warwick).

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12th Annual Conference: ESPAnet 2014 Oslo. 4-6 September, 2014
«Beyond the Crisis in Europe New Opportunities for reconciling sustainability. Equality and economic robustness»
Organisers: NOVA & the Oslo and Akershus University Colleges of Applied Sciences, Norway

The deadline for applications is 12 March 2014!

Stream coordinators: Dr. Frank Sowa (IAB, Institute for Employment Research)/Dr. Stefan Zapfel (ifes, Institute for Empirical Sociology at University Erlangen-Nuremberg), Nuremberg, Germany

Since the last decades of the late twentieth century European welfare states are confronted with a significant increase in unemployment. Politically, not only economic and structural changes as well as adaptation deficiency of the labour market actors were blamed but the existing direction of social policy and the development of the state administration. The igniting criticism of the welfare state led to a gradual realignment of social policy and its accompanying administrative apparatus.

Since then trends of Europeanization in the labour market policy with the buzzwords activation (welfare to work) and new public management influence social policy reform in historically different developed welfare states. This leads to a convergence tendency of European welfare regimes and the emergence of increasingly homogeneous structures in the social policy area. However, the relationship of activation, new public management, and specific national policies, bureaucratic organizations, and local practices of social administration remained unclear and is solely paid little attention in the present research literature. Against the background of a changed understanding of the welfare state and its functions in European industrialized nations the identification of the effects of these reforms remains relevant to social scientific research. We like to discuss whether the implementation of activation and new public management could be understand as a paradigm shift within a homogenous globalised social policy or as an incremental change accompanied by processes of path dependency and gradual approximation of different national welfare regimes.

Furthermore, we are interested in the analyses of the interpretation of activation and new public management on different levels: To what extend do divergent welfare regimes in Europe converge (at the national political level)? How do different, nation-state dominated institutions and organizations change at the meso level, being the central implementation instances of the revised social policy agenda? And to what extend are the practices of professionals of local social administrations such as government officials, agency personnel, consultants, job placement officers being transformed at the micro level?

The stream invites both, internationally comparative papers and national case studies focusing on developments at any of these levels. It particularly welcomes contributions connecting the implementation of activation and new public management at different levels. We are especially interested in paper proposals that derive from historically divergent welfare regimes and deal with the questions of homogenisation, heterogenisation, and hybridisation of social policy under globalised circumstances.

The organisers invite you to submit paper proposals for the conference ( Paper proposals should be linked to the conference stream “Diffusion of Ideas”. Abstracts should be about 500 words and provide the following information:

1.      Title
2.      Proposed stream
3.      Contact details: author(s), affiliation, postal address, phone number and e-mail address
4.      Main issue to be raised, analysed or discussed in the paper, including a brief background (about 100 words)
5.      Approach (theoretical / conceptual or empirical) and type of methodology (qualitative / case study or quantitative) (about 200 words)
6.      Main thesis, or findings and conclusion expected from the analysis (about 200 words)

Send your abstract (as word or pdf attachment) to &


The deadline for submitting abstracts is 12 March 2014.
Stream coordinators will rank all abstracts.
The organisers will inform successful applicants by 9 April 2014.
The deadline for paper submission 4 August 2013.

About ESPAnet
The Network for European Social Policy Analysis is an association of academics involved or interested in the analysis of social policy in Europe:

Issue 2 of online magazine of social research, policy analysis and commentary, Discover Society, out today.




November 2013





Danny Dorling

Dismantling Universalism: Inequality and Public Health




John Brewer

Culture, Class and Protestantism in Urban Belfast

 Lynn Jamieson

John MacInnes and

                                Sin Yi Cheung

Tom Shakespeare

How Spare are Bedroom-Tax Rooms?

Creating Public Attitudes to Immigration by Mis-Counting


Day of Reckoning

Kehinde Andrews and

Lisa Palmer

Larry Ray

Why Black Studies Matters


Photography and the Public Sphere

Momin Rahman

Michael Farrelly

The Rise of Ideological Secularism: Quebec’s Proposed Charter of Values  

Debating Energy                      

Fiona McQueen

Rachel Thwaites

More Equal? Still Different?

What’s in a Name? Gendered Naming Practices and Identity in Britain




Julia O’Connell Davidson

What’s Wrong with Modern Slavery? Why Theresa May in Wilberforce’s Clothing Won’t Appeal to All



On the Frontline:


Saul Becker and Joe Sempik

Young Carers


Policy Briefing:

Stephen MacKay

Agency and the Child Support Agency


Managing Editors: John Holmwood (University of Nottingham) and Sue Scott (University of York)

Editorial Board: Kehinde Andrews (Newman University); Lorenza Antonucci (University of West of Scotland); Les Back (Goldsmiths); Ben Baumberg (University of Kent); Gurminder K. Bhambra (University of Warwick); Mark Carrigan (University of Warwick); Suzanne Hall (LSE); Steve MacKay (University of Lincoln); David Mellor (University of Oxford); Katherine Smith (University of Edinburgh); Emma Uprichard (University of Warwick).

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Call for Presentations at SPA Workshop 2013: “Challenges and Innovation in Social Policy Research: Mixed Methodologies and Impact”

16th December 2013, Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics

In recent years, the use of mixed methods and methodologies in Social Policy research has become increasingly popular. Effective integration of quantitative and qualitative methods offers new opportunities for the potential and impact of Social Policy research. At a time when a growing number of Social Policy researchers are using mixed methods, it is important to reflect upon experiences and lessons from a period of particular methodological innovation. At the same time, the increasing use of blogs and social media has re-established the ‘public nature’ of Social Policy research and the importance and potential of communicating research outside academia. The impact agenda challenges Social Policy researchers to communicate research findings in an accessible and effective way without compromising their often inherent complexity. Given their active use of blogs and social media, Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers are particularly well-equipped to contribute to these developments and to collaborate with each other in fostering Social Policy research impact.

This workshop will explore questions surrounding mixed methods and methodologies of Social Policy research and the purpose and potential of Impact within such a context.

Based on feedback from the Social Policy Postgraduate community, this session has been developed to cover issues specific to Social Policy Postgraduate research experiences, research methodologies and impact. This Workshop will therefore cover:

1) Mixed Methods and Methodologies of Social Policy Research: Professor David Byrne will give a presentation on ’Mixed methods, methodology and the impacts of Social Policy Research: a challenge to simplistic explanations for a complex world’. Professor Byrne will focus on fundamental methodological issues to do with the nature of social causation and how these relate to the way in which Social Policy research can and should have an impact. Following this, there will be a series of presentations and a short panel discussion.

2) Impact – whose agenda and what for?: This panel session will consider our current definition and interpretation of impact in Social Policy research. Mark Carrigan, editor of the Sociological Imagination Blog and academic technologist, will explore what ‘impact’ can be taken to mean within the present context and discuss how social media tools provide unparalleled opportunities for researchers. Mark will show why problems with the ‘impact agenda’ should not discourage us from exploring how we can make a social and cultural impact using digital tools. Jane Tinkler and Sierra Williams, from the LSE Public Policy Group and members of the LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog team, will look at research from the forthcoming ‘LSE Impact Book’ and present their experiences with impact and blogging. They will reflect on the relationship between impact and policy research and discuss the opportunities for Early Career Researchers.

Following this, there will be presentations and a short discussion on the following questions:

· Should or can we have a broader notion of impact in Social Policy research?
· Given the recent changes in media communication, what is the role of traditional media and new social media in facilitating the impact of Social Policy research?

The workshop will be organised in such a way as to facilitate a critical but encouraging environment for information sharing and learning amongst Social Policy Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers. A particular aim of the event is to look forward in considering how we might best maximise the utility of mixed methods social sciences research and impact in Social Policy research. The following questions will be considered:

· What opportunities and challenges do mixed methods and methodologies of social policy research present?
· How can mixed methods facilitate deeper and better understanding in different Social Policy domains?
· Can Social Policy research be communicated to a non-specialist audience?
· What is the scope of ‘public’ social policy research in informing and affecting the policy process?

We invite abstracts for papers and presentations on any of the questions outlined above. Priority will be given to presenters that draw on their own current research.

The organisers will give an option to presenters to use the or format. These are relatively short presentations (6 minutes each) and are another engaging and innovative way to disseminate Social Policy research.

The workshop will be held at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics on Monday 16th December. A £6 registration fee will be charged for the workshop, refreshments and lunch. Places are limited but can be booked here. Please submit abstracts (300-400 words) to: Please submit abstracts (300-400 words) to: by 15th November 2013. Decisions on abstracts will be made by 22nd November 2013. A limited number of travel bursaries will be made available.

For further information please visit:




The first issue includes articles by: Gurminder K. Bhambra, Sam Friedman, Jacqui Gabb and Janet Fink, Peter Taylor-Gooby, Suzanne Hall, Lisa McKenzie, Alice Mah, James Nazroo, Karen Rowlingson and Steve McKay, Emma Uprichard, Alan Warde, and Mike Savage

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Managing Editors: John Holmwood (University of Nottingham) and Sue Scott (University of York)

Editorial Board: Kehinde Andrews (Newman University); Lorenza Antonucci (University of West of Scotland); Les Back (Goldsmiths); Ben Baumberg (University of Kent); Gurminder K. Bhambra (University of Warwick); Mark Carrigan (University of Warwick); Suzanne Hall (LSE); David Mellor (University of Oxford); Katherine Smith (University of Edinburgh); Emma Uprichard (University of Warwick).