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Restructuring Care Responsibility
- Dynamics of Welfare Mix in East Asia -

Hosted by:
East Asian Social Policy research network

Co-Organised by:
Department of Sociology, The University of Tokyo

Social Policy Research Center of National Taiwan University

Supported by:
Comparative Social Policy Network (Korea)
Department of Social and Policy Sciences,
University of Bath (U.K.)
Department of Social Work and Social Administration,
University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
National Policy Foundation (Taiwan)
 Social Policy Studies Network (Japan)
Society for the Study of Social Policy (Japan)
Taiwanese Association of Social Policy (Taiwan)

20th-21st October 2007

HongoCampus, The University of Tokyo, Japan


Plenary Speakers

  • Dr. Bernard H Casey, University of Warwick, U.K.
  • Professor Keiko Funabashi, Shizuoka University, Japan
  • Professor Gregory J. Kasza, Indiana University, U.S.A.
  • Professor Hye Kyung Lee, Yonsei University, Korea
  • Professor Gillian Pascall, Nottingham University, U.K.
  • Professor Graham Room, University of Bath, U.K.
  • Professor Jae Eun Seok, Hallym University, Korea
  • Professor Takafumi Uzuhashi, Doshisya University, Japan
  • Professor Yuegen Xiong, Peking University, China
  • Professor Lih-Rong Wang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan




East Asian Social Policy research network (EASP) conferences have attempted to enhance the quality and quantity of research on fast changing East Asian social policies, and to provide a forum for exchanging ideas for researchers. As it will be the first EASP conference outside the U.K., the fourth conference particularly aims to promote and facilitate academic exchange and network among scholars and doctoral students who are based in East Asian countries, as well as in other parts of the world.

 The main focus of the fourth EASP conference is to explore the way East Asian welfare regimes restructure the responsibility of care between the state, the market and the family (and the voluntary sector). Care is increasingly becoming a crucial topic in East Asia welfare regimes under acute demographic pressures, increasing women’s labour market participation, and related societal transformations. It will provide a forum for discussing the specific pressures East Asian countries are facing, for analysing principles and ideas of relevant social policies, for examining implementation and outcomes of recent reforms, and for exploring patterns of reforms and the likely future direction.



Call for paper and panel proposal

Papers are invited which address the overall theme ‘Restructuring Care Responsibility: Dynamics of Welfare Mix in East Asia’ or sub-themes as below. Papers may be comparative, or case studies which have broader implications for other East Asian countries and/or for the development of theory and of research methods. Particularly papers with gender and/or minority sensitive approaches are encouraged.

We also welcome panel proposals which address the overall theme and/or the sub-themes. Those wishing to organise a panel should submit a panel proposal which includes the title and objective of panel (250-300 words), the details of panel organiser(s) and all participating members, along with abstracts of three (or four) papers.

Stream 1: Long Term Care
Stream 2: Work, Family, and Childcare
Stream 3: Ageing and Pensions
Stream 4: East Asian Welfare Regime Debates
Stream 5: Politics, Institutions, and Social Policy
Stream 6: Labour market and Social Policy
Stream 7: Poverty and social assistance
Stream 8: Urban and Housing Policy
Stream 9: Health and Disability Across the Life-course
Stream 10: Immigration: New Challenge
Stream 11: Education and Social Policy

Submission of abstract, panel proposal, full papers, and contributed papers (the deadline is postponed)

Those wishing to present in the conference should submit a 250-300 word abstract or a panel proposal to the EASP (easpconferences@gmail.com) by 31 July 2007.  Information enclosed with your abstract should include: title of paper; your name; institution; and email address. The final papers and contributed papers should be submitted to the same address by 28 September 2007.



Main deadlines

Submission of paper abstract: 31 July 2007

Notification of applicants: 31 August 2007

Confirmation of registration: 28 September 2007

Submission of full paper and contributed papers: 28 September 2007



Registration fees

Attendance at the conference is free, but participants are responsible for all other expenses



Further information

Details of the conference registration and all papers will be made available on the EASP website (www.welfareasia.org).For further information or comments, please contact EASP conference organising team (easpconferences@gmail.com).



EASP Emailing Group Information

We welcome you to join the EASP emailing group and hope to share your work, idea and information with us. Please visit the EASP website (www.welfareasia.org) or contact Ms. Junko Yamashita (junko.y@gmail.com) for further details.




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