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Summer Schools

Utrecht 2008

RECWOWE / ESPAnet Summer School 2008 

New Risks and New Governance in Europe

University of Utrecht, July 8-18, 2008

The call for applications is closed.

The Summer School is targeted at PhD-students who have started, or are about to start, a project on a topic which is related to new social risks resulting from the demographic turn, fluid family relations and flexible labour markets on the one hand and the way these risks are governed on the other hand. Students who feel a need to learn more broadly about: Welfare regimes and social and family policies; Social protection and activation policies in Europe; privatisation of risks and privatised interventions; New governance and decentralisation policies; The role of the EU activities in these fields.

The Summer School offers lectures with discussion, assignments and workshops. In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their personal PhD-project to students and staff. Students take part in lectures, excursions and discussions.

Aim of the course is introducing students to the origins and developments of social policy, to principles and practices of benefit systems and social services, to European social policy, methods of comparative research, and to available quantitative and qualitative data sets. Participants obtain 3 ECTS for the Summer School.

The 2008 summer school is a joint event by RECWOWE and ESPAnet.

Organizer: Trudie Knijn (
Contact and application: Judith Raven(

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