Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Annual RC19 Conference
at the University of Bath (UK)

Frontiers of Inequality, Social Policy, and Welfare


26-28 August, 2015

Location: Chancellors' Building (University of Bath)

  • Diana Mitlin, Institute for Development Policy and Management (University of Manchester) and International Institute for Environment and Development
  • Ian Gough, Professorial Research Fellow in CASE (Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion), and Associate of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, at the London School of Economics.

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About the annual meeting

The International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19) will hold its annual academic conference at the University of Bath, hosted by the Department of Social & Policy Sciences (SPS). We are delighted to invite you to the 2015 RC19 annual conference in Bath, United Kingdom.

The RC19 annual conference brings together international scholars in the field of comparative welfare state and social policy studies, and encompasses a range of disciplines, including sociology, social policy, political science, and policy studies.

The purpose of the 2015 theme, Frontiers of Inequality, Social Policy, and Welfare, is to expand the traditional remit of RC19 to include the inequality, social policy and welfare issues in growing areas such as sustainable cities, climate change, and developing countries. It is also a call for fresh ideas on welfare, such as that being rolled out in newer industrial economies to contrast with neo-liberalising Western welfare states.

The goal of the 2015 meeting will be to highlight these new exciting areas also under the remit of RC19, as well as discuss the ongoing research projects of RC19 members.

The Annual Conference is open to members of ISA's Research Committee 19 (for membership information, see the RC19 website.) It can be attended both by those individuals whose papers have been accepted for session presentations, and also by members who are simply interested in attending and taking part in the discussions.  

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Key dates

Date Event
Submission of abstracts (closed) 15 February 2015
Acceptance of abstracts 20 March 2015
Registration opens 6 April 2015
Early bird registration deadline 31 May 2015
Full paper submission deadline 15 July 2015
Late registration closes 31 July 2015

Further information

The Conference is hosted by the Department for Social & Policy Sciences at the University of Bath, UK.

All enquiries should be addressed to the conference office in the first instance: 

Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 6949