Policy & Research Conference “Building inclusive welfare systems: A dialogue between research and practice”


Thursday, 5th June 2014

12:30 - 16:30


All over Europe, formerly ‘passive’ social protection systems are undergoing substantial reform. Under the policy agendas of activation and more recently, social investment, welfare states are seeking to simultaneously increase the labour market participation of formerly excluded groups (such as women, youth, elderly people and migrants) and the efficiency of employment services. In order to achieve these goals, policy-makers have not only introduced programmatic policy changes (such as curtailing the duration or eligibility of/for benefits) but also changes to the governance systems through which social policies are administered. Especially the local governance level has come to play an important role under ‘new welfare’ because it is here where employment incentives and measures can be tailored most effectively to individual client cases as well as regional labour market characteristics.

In June 2014, four international research projects funded by the European Commission under the call “Local welfare systems favouring social cohesion” – COPE, FLOWS, LOCALISE and WILCO – presented their policy-relevant findings to an audience of policy-makers, researchers, and interested others in Brussels. The aim of the conference was to fuel a constructive dialogue between practitioners and researchers.

By clicking on the links in the programme, you can download the flashlight presentations. Further download material is available on the bottom of the page.

Conference Programme

12:30 –13:00 Registration and lunch buffet
13:00 – 13:15 Welcome and Introduction
13:15 – 13:45 The fight against poverty and social exclusion in timesofcrisis (COPE)
Flashlight 1: Matteo Jessoula, University of Milan
Flashlight 2:Håkan Johansson, Lund University
13:45 – 14:15 How do different institutional contexts influence local activation policies? (LOCALISE)
Flashlight 1: Martin Heidenreich, University of Oldenburg
Flashlight 2: Paolo Graziano, Bocconi University Milan
14:15 – 14:45 Women‘s labour market participationas a multi-level challenge (FLOWS)
Flashlight 1+2: Per Jensen, Aalborg University
14:45 – 15:15 Social innovations promoting local welfare (WILCO)
Flashlight 1: Taco Brandsen, Radboud University Nijmegen
Flashlight 2: Adalbert Evers, Giessen University
15:15 – 15:35 Coffee break
15:35 – 16:20 Panel discussion: What is relevant for practitioners?
16:20 – 16:30 Conclusion


Further material

Report on the Policy Conference

Flashlight Summaries

LOCALISE Policy Brief

WILCO Policy_Brief

FLOWS Policy_Brief




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