Department of Social & Policy Sciences

CDS working to connect development studies with Indian Social Policy

Tue Jul 11 14:15:00 BST 2017

"Indian Social Policy Network Conference May '17"

In May 2017, the Indian Social Policy Network held its second workshop in New Delhi entitled Comparative and International Social Policy Theories and Methods: Advances in Research and Practice in International Development Studies and Social Policy. This workshop was part of a series of collaborative workshops and conference symposia running since 2013 involving the UK Development Studies Association and the UK Social Policy Association. With the increasing need to frame contemporary policy challenges in a clearer universalist perspective, these meetings have allowed colleagues from social policy and international development to learn from each other’s research traditions and approaches.

The first workshop in 2013 was organized at Bath with a strong contribution from CDS colleagues. Dr Keerty Nakray from O.P. Jindal Global University in India has been actively involved in the meetings and over the past few years has been working to establish an Indian Social Policy Network with support from Joe Devine (CDS, University of Bath) and Stefan Kuhner (Lingnan University Hong Kong). 

This workshop focused on early career researchers whose work cut across the boundaries of international development and social policy. Around 20 early career researchers participated in the workshop including colleagues from South Korea and Hong Kong and with support from  CDS and the UK Social Policy Association. 

Joe Devine delivered the workshop’s opening presentation. He commented that, “This was a great workshop. All those in attendance were able to make a presentation of their research and we had time to discuss and exchange ideas. The quality of the research was high and it was a real privilege to be in a workshop where there was so much energy and enthusiasm. I believe the Indian Social Policy Network is a very positive and forward looking development and is a good example of the kind of direction social policy and international development scholarship should take in the future.”