Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy

New Paradigms of Social Protection:

Principal Investigator: Rana Jawad

Project Team: Patricia Kennett (Bristol lead) and Dave Gordon, University of Bristol; Rod Hick (Cardiff lead) and Marco Pomati, Cardiff University; Theo Papadopolous and Joe Devine, University of Bath.

Project Partners: University of Bristol,  Cardiff University

Funder: GW4

Duration: February - May 2016


Project rationale and aims

About the project

This new collaboration aims to build an interdisciplinary GW4 community around the international and comparative study of social protection in regions of the world that are often left underexplored in academic research: the Middle East and North Africa, East and South East Asia, Latin America and Africa. Thus, the collaboration entails an investigation of countries with diverse levels of development and income, culture and institutional capacity and social protection strategies. The collaboration takes forward the theme of social protection as a new paradigm of public policy among international donor agencies and governments across these regions, as evidenced by adoption of the ILO Social Protection Floor discourse. Focusing on social protection reopens long-standing gaps in knowledge and highlights dynamic policy changes not yet addressed by the literature.

It is time for a new generation of research about social institutions, political ideas and the agency of political actors in different parts of the world. Understanding social protection provision is significant not only to appreciate the social rights and standard of living enjoyed by different populations, but also to state building and stability.

The aim of this collaboration is to open up meaningful dialogue across:

  1. the four GW4 universities,
  2. key actors and academics with expertise in social protection systems in different regions of the world (Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, East Asia, Middle East and North Africa)
  3. Inter-disciplinary perspectives in international development, social policy and political science around the global policy paradigm of social protection and the role that sub-national, non-governmental and transnational policy actors play in this.

Proposed outputs

Three workshops will be organised to share ideas, research expertise and agree a medium-term plan to bid for a large research grant (such as ESRC). The workshops will bring GW4 expertise together for the first time in an area of shared strength. The same participants will attend all three workshops in order to maintain continuity of dialogue.

  1. One Day Workshop at Bristol University
    Social Protection, Policies and Discourses: Mapping the Field - Identifying Opportunities and Challenges (February/March, 2016)
  2. One Day Workshop at Cardiff University
    Analysing and measuring  Institutions, Impacts and Outcomes of Social Protection Systems (March/April, 2016)
  3. One Day International Workshop at University of Bath
    New Paradigms of Social Protection  (April, 2016)

Each University lead will seek to publish one journal paper on each workshop theme.

Find out more about this project

Name: Dr Rana Jawad
Title: Senior Lecturer
Department: Dept of Social and Policy Sciences
Location: 3 East 3.15
E-mail: rj349@bath.ac.uk
Phone: work+44 (0) 1225 385806