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Call for Papers and Panel Proposals
The 20th East Asian Social Policy Network(EASP)/
The 30th Foundation for International Studies of Social Security(FISS)

Joint International Conference
Conference Theme

Best Practices of Social Policy in Turbulent Times
June 13 (Thursday) and 14 (Friday), 2024
the Kyoto International Conference Center
Kyoto, Japan

We are delighted to announce the Joint Conference of the East Asian Social Policy Network (EASP) and the Foundation for International Studies of Social Security (FISS) in Kyoto, Japan.


In turbulent times, good social policies are crucial as we learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent inflation crisis.  Now, we face multiple armed conflicts and their consequences such as rising energy and food prices, growing migration flows, and increasing animosity between nations.  Such challenges affect not only those in the conflict region but the entire world population.  Furthermore, global warming and other ecological deterioration have reached a critical juncture, posing a threat to our everyday lives through the increased risk of natural disasters, and the need to accelerate the green transition irrespective of one's location.  


In these turbulent times, international organizations, governments, NGOs, and individuals face the challenge of modifying and adapting interventions and practices, while also expanding and deepening values and policies.  Many new practices emerged in the recent past. Governments, for example, modified public assistance systems or created new programmes to protect those who lost jobs during the pandemic. However, these experiences are not widely shared nor are their impacts adequately analysed. The conference is expected to bring together research which provides insights into such experiences and analysis. 


The conference represents a unique opportunity for researchers and practitioners, especially in Europe and East Asia, but also in other parts of the world to convene, share, and discuss their research findings.  Presentations or panels covering all aspects of social policy or social security, in addition to the conference theme, are invited. Comparative analysis, as well as detailed local, national, and international case studies in Europe, East Asia, and other parts of the world, are welcome.  Postgraduate students and early career researchers are encouraged to apply.


The conference comprises the following streams:

Stream 1:      Welfare States & Welfare Regimes
Stream 2:      Social Security & Social Justice
Stream 3:      Migration, Social Rights & Citizenship Stratification
Stream 4:      Health & Human Well-being
Stream 5:      Families, Children and Care
Stream 6:      Poverty, Inequality & Social Inclusion
Stream 7:      Education & Vocational Training
Stream 8:      Ageing & Pensions

Stream 9:      Labour Markets & Employment
Stream 10:    Housing & Urbanization
Stream 11:    Gender Inequality & Social Policy

Stream 12:    Social services & Social work
Stream 13:    Sustainable development & Social Protection

The venue of the 2024 conference is the Kyoto International Conference Center which is located a mere 20 minutes subway ride from the center of the ancient capital, Kyoto, yet surrounded by a pond and greenery.  It is the first time for FISS and only the second time for EASP that their annual conference is held in Japan. 


Those wishing to present a paper at the conference should submit a 250-word abstract through the online submission system by 31 March 2024. Information enclosed with your abstract should include stream number, title of paper; author name(s); institution; status; email address; whether you have attended a EASP or FISS conferences before; and whether you would prefer an oral presentation or a poster presentation.  Before submitting, please read the Abstract Submission Rules carefully.


We also welcome panel proposals which address vital and relevant issues to this year’s theme. Those wishing to organise a panel should submit a panel proposal that includes the title and objective of the panel (250 words), the details of panel organiser(s), and of all participating members, along with abstracts of three or four papers. 

The Online Submission System

Individual Paper Submission

Panel Proposal Submission



・ Submission of paper abstract:   31 March 2024 

・ Notification to acceptance:          1 April to 30 April 2024 

・ Early bird registration:              29 February 2024 

・ Registration:                              31 May 2024


The Registration Fee:

   The registration will be open shortly.  The fees for the registration are as follows:


Standard 40,000 Japanese Yen (about 250.00 EURO)

Students 24,000 Japanese Yen (about 150.00 EURO)


Early Bird (until 29 Feb 2024): 

Standard  35,000 Japanese Yen (about 220.00 EURO)

Students 16,000 Japanese Yen (about 100.00 EURO)


The fee covers lunches on both days, dinner on the first day, and coffee.  Accommodations are not included.  Accommodation arrangements should be made independently.  Special discount rate is available for the Prince Hotel Takaragaike which is located adjacent to the venue, but there are many accommodation options in various price ranges throughout Kyoto. 


Further details about the conference program will be announced shortly on the conference website. For any queries, please contact the Organising Committee at


The Foundation for International Studies on Social Security is an independent, non-profit association that aims to promote international, multidisciplinary research on social security, including its relationships with other aspects of society (such as the labour market, unemployment, poverty, income redistribution, savings, housing, the family, health and well-being).  In collaboration with Policy Press, the prize is awarded to the best, previously unpublished paper presented at each year’s FISS conference. The winner receives €300 and the paper is published in the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. Selection and publication are subject to a refereeing process. In addition, the prize winner will receive a personal subscription to the Journal for 2 years.


Information about the EASP Postgraduate Paper Prize will be announced on the conference website.


Bingquin Li  (EASP Chair of the Board)

Bea Cantillon (FISS Secretary-General)

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