Call for Papers are now closed

The Social Policy Research Centre invites offers of papers for presentation at the next Australian Social Policy Conference to be held at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, from 28-30 September 2015.

The success of the Australian Social Policy Conference is based on the presentation of high quality, original papers across the range of social policy fields. We are now inviting offers of papers from researchers, teachers, students and practitioners of social policy. Papers can present the results of research, discuss conceptual approaches to contemporary social policy, describe work in progress or raise issues for debate. We are also inviting proposals of ideas for special sessions, including groups of related papers within the contributed paper streams. Please send the proposals for special sessions to

As in previous conferences, discussion will be organised around thematic strands. These will include:

Poverty, welfare and social inequality
Communities, families and children
Environment and social policy 
Disability, rights and care
Human services
Ageing, rights and entitlements
Indigenous peoples
Chinese social policy - This special workshop will be held on Monday 28 September
Open strand

International contributions are particularly encouraged

Selection of Papers

Acceptance of papers for presentation at the conference is necessarily competitive. Selection will be the responsibility of the SPRC, in collaboration with some external session organisers, and will be based on the abstracts submitted. Criteria for selection will include academic quality, originality, accessibility and relevance to current debates in social policy. Where papers are based on empirical research, preference will be given to abstracts showing evidence of research results. We welcome papers presenting all points of view. If you wish to offer a paper, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words via the conference manager. Please specify the thematic area (or areas) into which you feel your paper falls. We reserve the right to place it elsewhere, where appropriate, to maintain program balance.

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