CfP – A debate on the Welfare State for the next 20 years

To mark the 80th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, as editors of Social Policy and Society we are calling for proposals for Themed Sections under the title ‘Towards the Centenary of the Beveridge Report: a debate on the Welfare State for the next 20 years’.

The aim of the series is to enrich and enhance the current welfare state debate by injecting new energy and new insights. We welcome topics that critically reflect on any under- or unexplored dimensions in contemporary literature or new areas which would be important to the debate in the next decades. The series will be published in 2022 – 2024.

For further information click here.

Social Networks and Lockdown

DiPLab online seminar with Louise Ryan and me, next June 16th. For further information:

Our bi-monthly DiPLab online seminar will welcome Dr Alessio D’Angelo (Univ. Nottingham) and Prof Louise Ryan (London Metropolitan Univ.) for a talk on the impact of Covid19 restrictions upon social networks of relationality and support. The seminar will be held online on the platform Big Blue Button. To receive the link, please register by sending an email with your full name and institutional affiliation at:

Life in Lockdown

This week we are launching ‘Life in Lockdown’: a survey on the impact of the covid19 lockdown on people’s social relationships and social networks. The study is run by a team of experts including the University of Nottingham, The University of Manchester, the University of East Anglia and London Metropolitan University.

The anonymous survey is open to everyone and can be completed on computers, tablets and smartphones. The questionnaire builds on a similar study undertaken in France and the research outputs will include an international comparison between the two countries.

To find out more (and take part in the survey) see the press release by the University of Nottingham

In times of covid19, migrant students shouldn’t be forgotten

As previously announced, the ‘Learning for Citizenship’ event (originally scheduled for May 11th) had to be postponed till further notice because of the covid19 lockdown.

However, it is now more important than ever to have a public discussion about the experiences of vulnerable young people of migrant background. This should take a transnational, inter-disciplinary approach, involving academics as well as third sector organisations and education practitioners, from across Europe and beyond.

Thus, the ‘Learning for Citizenship’ organising committee is launching a ‘call for evidence and contributions on the experiences and needs of migrant and refugee students during the global lockdown‘.

The call is available to download on:

The document includes more information about what we are planning to do to raise awareness and contribute to the discussion around these issues (also encouraging exchange of good practice and creative responses).

For further information or to get in touch, please write to:

Learning for Citizenship – Postponed

In light of the current ‘lock-down’ and wider impact of the Covid19 pandemic, the ‘Learning for Citizenship’ event is postponed till further notice.

Having consulted with the organising committee, we feel it is too early to schedule another date. Hopefully it will be possible to run the event during the Autumn term, but we will decide later on, keeping all informed.

Meanwhile, for further information please visit:
(You can register online for free to receive updates).

Learning for Citizenship – CfP

We are now inviting abstract submissions from scholars and practitioners from across the UK and Europe for this international event, which will take place at the University of Nottingham on 11th May 2020.

Funded by the Social Policy Association (SPA), this initiative will bring together academics, practitioners, NGOs and policy-makers from across Europe, in order to exchange and discuss best practice of inclusion, engagement, practical and emotional support for migrant and refugee students from different backgrounds, educational levels and local contexts.

The deadline to submit abstracts is: Friday 6th March 2020

For information visit:

To download the Call for Papers, click here

This event is organised in partnership by the icPSP (International Centre for Public and Social Policy) at the University of Nottingham; EMIGRA-CER Migracions of the Autonomous University of Barcelona; and the Department of Culture, Politics and Society (CPS) of the University of Turin.

Against the evidence: Europe’s migration challenge and the failure to protect

The special issue of JEMS (Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies) on Europe’s migration policy is fully Special Issue: Against the evidence. It comprises several articles exploring the nature of Europe’s ‘migration crisis’ and the extent to which the development of new migration management policies was grounded in evidence about the causes, drivers and consequences of migration to Europe.

It also includes my piece: “Italy: the ‘illegality factory’? Theory and practice of refugees’ reception in Sicily”.