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LSE academics to speak at 2007 Social Policy Association conference

Seven academics from LSE will present papers at this year's Social Policy Association (SPA) annual conference in July.

The research examines a range of aspects of social policy: the Equalities Review, work-life balance, escaping the 'social service' mindset, and older workers and what can be learnt from the history of retirement.

The SPA annual conference takes 'New Frontiers? Social Policy in the 21st Century' as its key theme. It will be held at the University of Birmingham from Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 July. 

  • Dr Tania Burchardt, academic fellow at STICERD, will present a paper on The Equalities Review: definition of equality and framework for measurement.
  • Dr Hartley Dean, reader in social policy, will speak on Flexibility or Flexploitation? Problems with Work-life Balance in a Low-income Neighbourhood.
  • Dr Sunil Kumar, a lecturer in the Department of Social Policy, will present the paper Gurus, Shishyas And Priests - International Development Institutions and Urban Housing Policy in India.
  • Professor John Macnicol, visiting professor in social policy, will ask: Older Workers in the 21st Century: what can the history of retirement tell us?.
  • Professor David Piachaud, professor of social administration, will present a paper entitled Escaping the "Social Service" Mindset - Redefining Social Policy for the 21st Century.
  • Isabel Shutes, research student in the Department of Social Policy, will present research into The Responsiveness of Employment Service Provision to the Needs of Refugees.
  • Athina Vlachantoni, a research student at the Social Policy Department, will speak on Gender and the Politics of Pension Reform in Greece.


Contact:  Jess Winterstein, LSE Press Office, tel 020 7955 7060, email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Updated 11 July [4 July 2007]