Call for Papers

The conference presents work from researchers, teachers, student and practitioners of social policy.

Discussion will be organised around themes that cover a wide range of social policy topics, including:

  • Poverty, welfare and social inequality
  • Communities, families and children
  • Digital technologies and social policy
  • Environment and social policy
  • Disability and rights
  • Human services
  • Ageing
  • Health and social policy
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Chinese social policy
  • Open strand

Contributed papers can:

  • report the results of research
  • discuss conceptual approaches to contemporary social policy
  • describe work in progress, or
  • raise issues for debate.

Potential presenters are asked to submit an abstract of up to 250 words for consideration, nominating a theme from the list above. 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.

As in past years, the conference will include a special stream on Chinese social policy. This includes studies of the Chinese diaspora in other countries (including Australia). All sessions will be conducted in English.

International contributions are particularly encouraged. The refereeing process for these submissions will be expedited to ensure that potential presenters have sufficient notice. 

We are also inviting proposals for special sessions, including groups of related papers within the contributed paper streams. Please send proposals to

Submit abstract

Abstract submissions close 13 May 2019 (extended deadline)

Tips for writing a good conference abstract

Stick to the word limit – 250 words

Briefly outline the argument that you will present in your paper. Include:

  • an introduction that situates your study in the relevant research and policy literature
  • your research questions - what did you want to find out in your study?
  • if empirical research, briefly describe your methodology
  • a summary of your findings and any implications for policy and/or research

If you are not fluent in English, please ask an English language speaker to edit the abstract with you.