This week the University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR) visits the Institute for Welfare State Research (IWSR) at Yonsei University, South Korea.

The visit takes places as part of an ongoing research partnership with IWSR, sponsored by the UKRI Fund for International Collaboration, which seeks to explore social security, the labour market and public health in the UK and South Korea.

Building on a conference which took place at the University of Bath earlier this year, this visit to Yonsei University will see colleagues from across the IPR and IWSR come together once more to explore transformations of post-pandemic welfare states, new growth regimes and new social policies.

Taking place from 6-7 October, research will be shared across panel sessions and presentations exploring a number of areas including ageing and pension reform; families and social policy; social policy and the labour market; alternative social policies; and growth strategies.

Through this both the IPR and IWSR hope to further strengthen its academic partnership and share their research findings with government departments and think-tanks, as well as expand the networks of Early Career Researchers.

On the visit, Director of the IPR, Professor Nick Pearce, adds:

"We are delighted to be visiting the Institute of Welfare State Research at Yonsei University in the Republic of Korea. There is much to be learned from the comparative study of the UK and the Republic of Korea during the Covid pandemic for welfare state and labour market reform, and indeed for emerging challenges now faced in a volatile era of rising inflation. This is the second of two conferences this year at which we will explore these research issues."

Learn more about the partnership.