Decisions on abstract submissions have been sent

Notifications of the decision on abstract submission have been sent to all submitters. We would like to thank everyone for considering the conference as an attractive platform to present their work. With 370 submissions, the number of abstracts exceeded our expectations. The selection committee was impressed with the quality of the submitted work but had to be selective in its decisions. The quality of each proposal, the stream theme-fit and the diversity of the combined submissions were all considered to reach a conclusion. Due to restrictions in time slots and available rooms we had to reject more than 150 papers.

Please stay updated on the latest news and program by following this website. All paper sessions are open sessions and we therefore welcome audience to participate in the conference. We hope to see you in Rotterdam in September!

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Notification of acceptance abstracts

Mid April 2016

Other important dates

Full papers are due by: 15 August 2016
Deadline for registration: 25 August 2016

Re-inventing the welfare state? Pathways to sustainability, equality and inclusion in European welfare states

European welfare states are being confronted with a remarkable paradox. After years of budget cuts, reforms and austerity measures, the means for social policy have become increasingly scarce. Nevertheless, the ambitions of European welfare states are currently higher than ever. The welfare state is no longer only responsible for providing a safety net for social risks, but also propagates the active inclusion of vulnerable people. Under the header of social investment strategies, the emphasis of services and programmes has shifted from ‘preparing’ to ‘repairing’, human capital development has become the pivot of policy design, and welfare states are relying less on social insurance and more on the provision of customised integral services. Read more ⟩

Conference City Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a dynamic and international city where you can positively soak up the ‘can do’ spirit just about everywhere you go. Rotterdam is a major port and has many internationally renowned scientific institutions, a thriving international business community, high culture, architecture and leisure, all in one place. Read more ⟩


For questions regarding the Annual ESPAnet Conference 2016, please contact the organizing committee. The organizing committee consists of staff from Erasmus University Rotterdam: