The question whether welfare states can be classified into distinct types has remained subject to lively debates. Far from a unifying convergence of comparative social policy trends, a more global perspective suggests continued variation and difference, with a multiplicity of forms of globalisations encountered and/or engendered in diverse contexts. To reveal the complexities of national, extra-national and transnational drivers of welfare formation and development under contemporary but diverse conditions, this two-day conference combines papers that understand national social policies in a global context, compare national social policies in a global/multi-level context or explore global ideas and discourses on national social policy. It also includes comparative studies that analyse social policy via developing analytical frameworks that reach across individual world-regions and global actors.


8 Dec 2017 (Friday) : 9:15 am – 6:00 pm
9 Dec 2017 (Saturday) : 9:00 am – 5:30 pm


Paul S . Lam Conference Room
3/F, Amenities Building
Lingnan University

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Nicola Yeates gained her PhD from Bristol University in the United Kingdom under the supervision of Prof. Peter Townsend. She is now employed as Professor of Social policy in the Department of Social Policy and Criminology at the The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. Her research interest centres on transnationalisation and globalisation as social processes and their effect on social policy as a political practice of state and non-state actors. Prof. Yeates is the author of Globalization & Social Policy (Sage, 2001) and co-editor of The Global Social Policy Reader (Policy Press, 2009). She gained recent research grants by the ESRC-Department for International Development Joint Fund and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to examine regionalism and poverty reduction in Africa and South America and the global responses and emerging issues for health migration, respectively. Prof. Yeates is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Chair of the Editorial Board of Social Policy and Society (Cambridge University Press). She was the first ever international Relations Officer of the UK Social Policy Association and instrumental in its early efforts to open-up to other parts in the world.

Professor Traute Meyer was awarded her PhD from the Free University of Berlin, Germany. She is now employed as Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Postgraduate Teaching Programmes within Social Sciences: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. Her research contributes to comparative welfare state research with particular focus on the role of private agents as social policy players in European pension regimes. Prof. Meyer has published extensively in leading international journals including Ageing & Society, Journal of Social Policy and Journal of Ageing and Later Life. Her edited book Private Pensions Versus Social Inclusion? Non-state arrangements for citizens at risk in Europe was published with Edward Elgar (2007) and she contributed numerous chapters to books including the Handbook of European Social Policy (Edward Elgar, 2017) and The Varieties of Pension Governance: Pension Privatization in Europe (OUP, 2011) since. Prof. Meyer is the co-editor of the Journal of European Social Policy and a board member of the Network for European Social Policy Analysis.

Professor Alexandra Kaasch gained her PhD from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. She is now employed as Junior Professor in Transnational Social Policy in the Faculty of Sociology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Prof. Kaasch research interest centres on comparative and global social policy research. She was collaborating researcher with UNRISD’s New Directions in Social Policy project and is the author of numerous books including Shaping Global Health Policy. Global Social Policy Actors and Ideas about Health Care Systems (Palgrave, 2015) and Actors and Agency in Global Social Governance (OUP, 2015). Prof. Kaasch is the current Secretary of the International Sociological Association Research Committee 19 (“Sociology of Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy”), co-editor of Global Social Policy and editor of the Global Social Policy Digest. She is also co-editor of the new book series Research in Comparative and Global Social Policy (The Policy Press).

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Friday, December 8 2017



Official opening Group Photo

9.15-9.30am Stefan Kühner, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Alexandra Kaasch, University of Bielefeld, Germany

Keynote 1:

9.30-10.30am Co-producing Social Policy in Changing Global Contexts: Challenges and Opportunities for Social Policy Analysis
Nicola Yeates, The Open University, United Kingdom

Coffee Break


Panel 1:
Social Policy Actors in Global Context

10.45am-12.15pm Who is Who in Global Social Policy? International Organizations as Producer of Education Ideas
Kerstin Martens, University of Bremen, Germany

Connecting the Dots in the International Aid Regime: The Case of Argentine Network for International Cooperation (RACI)
Tuba Agartan, Providence College, United States Guillermo Corea, RACI, Argentina

Promoting Well-Being Through Social Services: Hong Kong's NGO's Exeperiences in China
Ka Ho Mok, Lingnan University, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Political Viability of Conditional Cash Transfers - Justification of CCTs in the Chilean Parliament
Lauri Heimo, University of Tampere, Finland



Panel 2:
Comparing social policies in the context of transnational social policy paradigms

2.15-3.45pm Social Protection for Migrant Workers in the Developmental Welfare State: The Case of Low Skilled Workers in Korea
Huck-ju Kwon, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea

Health Insurance "Universalization" and Global Social Policy - Evidence from Indonesia, Thailand, and Philippines
Mulyadi Sumarto, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia

Using Regulatory Theory to Stay In and Move Beyond the National Welfare State
Gaby Ramia, University of Sydney, Australia

Shifting Policy Responses Amongst Transnational Actors to Endemic Youth Unemployment
Ross Fergusson, The Open University, United Kingdom

Coffee Break


Keynote 2:

4.00-5.00pm Sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies (APIAS), Lingnan University:
Different Societies, Same Solutions? A Critical Reflection on 'Ageing as a Burden' in China and the European Union
Traute Meyer, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Conference Dinner

6.00-8.00pm Lingnan House (Chinese Restaurant) 1/F, Lingnan University Amenities Building, Tuen Mun


Saturday, December 9 2017



Official opening

Hong Kong Sociological Association Annual Conference
Social Transformations in Chinese Societies
Annie Chan, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Esra Burak Ho, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Keynote 3:

9.20-11.00am Joint Session With Hong Kong Sociological Association Annual Conference:
Clashing Gender: Vocational Education and the Making of the Young Working Class
Pun Ngai, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Facets of Global Social Policy
Alexandra Kaasch, University of Bielefeld, Germany

Coffee Break


Panel 3:
Conceptualising Social Policy in a Global Context

11.15am-1.00pm International Policy Scapes: Rethinking Social Policy Challenges for an Increasingly Complex World
Markus Ketola, Ulster University, Northern Ireland

Values, Welfare States and Social Policy in NECs: Can We Start Connecting the Dots Now?
Joe Devine, University of Bath, United Kingdom
Keerty Nakray, Jindal Global Law School, India

Towards a Gendered Welfare State Typology: A Comparative Analysis of Selected OECD and East Asian Welfare States
Antonios Roumpakis, University of York, United Kingdom
Xinide, University of York, United Kingdom

Selective Multiculturalism and the East Asian Global City Context: The Case of Hong Kong
Narine N. Kerelian, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Gizem Arat, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Lucy P. Jordan, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Jocelyn Lang, Independent Consultant, Singapore



Panel 4:
Connecting Comparative and Global Social Policy Analysis

2.00-3.45pm A Global Discourse in the Making: Revisiting the Productivism, Inequality and Economic Growth Nexus in Greater China and East Asia
Stefan Kühner, Lingnan University, Hong Kong and Nan Yang, University of York, United Kingdom

Interaction Between Globalization and Domestic Health Politics
Young Jun Choi, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea

Multidimensional social support and health services use in LAMICs: Insights from community-dwelling older Ghanaian adults
Razak Mohammed Gyasi, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

The Role of International Institutions in Shaping the Post-communist Welfare State
Gentian Qeivana, Zhejiang University, China PR

Coffee Break


Panel 5:
Comparing Social Policies in the Context of Transnational Social Policy paradigms

4.00-5.45pm Social Protection and the Rise of Social Assistance Programmes in Developing Countries: A View from the MENA Region
Rana Jawad, University of Bath, United Kingdom (via Skype Link)

The Political Origins of Conditional Cash Transfers in Latin America
Ricardo Velázquez Leyer, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico

Citizens' Role in the Design of Social Protection and Social Transfer Programmes in Developing Countries
Gbenga Akinlolu Shadare, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Asset Development Through Savings and Multi-dimensional Poverty
Julia Shu-Huah Wang, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Fred M. Ssewamala, Washington University in St. Louis, United States and 
Bilal Malaeb, University of Oxford and University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Concluding Discussion

5.45-6.15pm Where Next for Comparative and Global Social Policy Analysis?
Stefan Kühner, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Alexandra Kaasch, University of Bielefeld, Germany