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Welcome to the “Welfare State Futures: Our Children’s Europe” (WelfSOC) website. This innovative NORFACE-funded project explores the aspirations, assumptions and priorities that govern the ideas of ordinary people about the future development of welfare in Europe. Please explore our site and do not hesitate to contact us on Twitter, by e-mail or subscribe to our newsletter.



WelfSOC mentioned in The Guardian (01 February 2017)

In his most recent opinion piece, Aditya Chakrabortty interviewed Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby about our WelfSOC project. You can read his article here.


2016 Annual ESPAnet Conference: “The lost and the New Worlds of Welfare”

The five research teams involved in the WelfSOC project will present papers at the 2016 annual ESPAnet conference, which will take place in Rotterdam on 1-3 September 2016. These papers will be presented on Thursday 1 September, from 4.15 to 6pm and Friday 2 September from 4.30 to 6.30 in room Praag as part of Stream 20 (Innovative Methods and Attitudes to the Future of the Welfare State), convened by Peter Taylor-Gooby and Heejung Chung (University of Kent).

The papers present early research findings from the WelfSOC project, analysing data from democratic forums held in five countries. Papers can be downloaded below: