Research Conference

Social Policy in Recession and Recovery
in association with the Social Research Association (SRA).

Friday, 1st July 2016. Carmelite Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.


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The last decade has been one of dramatic change for Ireland. Through boom, bust, austerity and recovery, Irish society has experienced challenges, opportunities, successes and failures.Throughout the period, the impact of these  experiences has been felt differently by people in different sectors, regions, age groups and socio-economic categories. Given the dramatic nature of these changes, questions arise for all areas of policy, including social policy, as we look back and look forward.

The conference was intended to provide a forum for researchers in social policy and related academic fields. We accepted papers that reflected on the conference theme, however interpreted, and encouraged debate around the following issues:

  • Poverty, Inequality and Living Standards
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Employment, Unemployment, Work and Migration
  • Taxation, Social Security and Welfare Reform
  • Gender and Family
  • Health, Social Care and Ageing
  • Disability
  • The Community and Voluntary Sector
  • Children
  • Pensions
  • Public Services/Public Service Reform
  • Social Policy and the Justice System
  • Dependency/Addiction
  • Basic Income
  • Rural Ireland

The conference consisted of an opening plenary, with speakers Michelle Norris (UCD) and Sean O'Riain (Maynooth University), followed by discussion.

This was followed by four periods of break-outs seminars, each with four themed parallel sessions.

We'd like to thank our sponsors: The Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute at DIT, the Irish Gerontological Society, the Nevin Economic Research Institute, Social Justice Ireland, TASC, the School of Social Work and Social Policy at TCD, and particularly the Social Research Association, in association with whom the conference was organised.

The conference programme is available here.

The conference slides are available here.

A full list of the conference abstracts are available here.

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