Social Policy and the British-Irish Council


The British-Irish Council, established as part of the Belfast Good Friday Agreement, is a forum for consultation and co-operation between eight member administrations: the UK, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Scotland and Wales (see Among its areas of work are a range of topics relevant to social policy, including demography, early years, housing, misuse of substances, social inclusion and transport. This seminar aims to raise awareness of this work and to provide an opportunity for academics and practitioners to exchange views on the value and future potential of the British-Irish Council as a forum for the exchange of policy and practice, as well as the overall benefit of comparing and sharing social policies and practices between the eight jurisdictions.

The final speaker list is being confirmed, but will include academics, a spokesperson from the British-Irish Council and practitioners with first hand experience of the BIC's work on social policy.

11:30 Registration opens, tea/coffee, networking opportunity

12:00 Sandwich lunch, tea/coffee, networking opportunity

12:30 Opening remarks

12:40 Guest speaker: an overview of the social policy work of the British-Irish Council

13:10 Q&A

13:30 Panel discussion: three panel speakers and chairperson. Audience participation

14:45 Concluding remarks

15:00 Event closes, tea/coffee, networking opportunity

The event is a collaboration between ISPA, SPA and UU, and is free-of-charge, but please book a place for catering purposes by clicking here.

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Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher Conference



Friday, 27 July 2018


The Irish Social Policy Association (ISPA) will host its biennial research conference in the Carmelite Community Centre (56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2) on Friday, 27 July 2018. The conference is intended to provide a forum for postgraduate and early career researchers in social policy and related academic fields.

We invite submissions for presentation at this conference. Potential participants (Masters or PhD students at all stages, as well as professionals less than 5 years out from their degree completion) should submit a title and brief description (max. 250 words) of their presentation topic by e-mail.

These applications, and any questions, should be sent to the association’s postgraduate officer, Megan Curran (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), by Friday 8th June 2018.


What type of presentation should I submit?

Presentations at this conference should deal with an Irish or international social policy issue. Possible policy issue areas of focus may include (but are not limited to): income, welfare, and poverty; health; education; housing; children and families; equality studies; employment; social protection; social services; social work; and community development.

Conference fee

This conference is free of charge to attend.

Funding to cover travel costs is available

The ISPA will cover receipted travel expenses of up to €40 for any presenter travelling to the conference from a third-level institution outside of Dublin.

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