The main theme is 'Global economic crisis and welfare restructuring in East and West'. East Asian countries and communities currently face (or expect to face) new social challenges by unprecedented scale of global economic crisis in decades. The effect of this current crisis could be more significant in East Asia which already experienced a range of problems in society along with globalisation and post-industrialisation ever intensified since Asian financial crisis at the end of the 1990s. This includes not only problems in conventional social policy areas such as unemployment, inequality and poverty, family breakdown, and aging society, but also, possibly, new wave of transformation of society. This conference will address a range of issues relating to these challenges in East Asia, identify future research agenda and discuss the role of social policy.

Stream 1: Social challenges by the global economic crisis and policy responses
Stream 2: Income, poverty and social assistance
Stream 3: (In)equality, inclusion and/or exclusion and social development
Stream 4: East Asian welfare regime and relations with other world
Stream 5: Family and childcare
Stream 6: East Asian regional politics and national policy
Stream 7: Ageing, long-term care and pensions
Stream 8: Urban and housing policy
Stream 9: Health and disability across the life-course
Stream 10: Education and social policy
Plenary Speakers

  • Professor Margarita Estevez-Abe (Harvard University , U.S.A.)
  • Professor Hsiao-Hung Chen (National Cheng-Chi University, Taiwan)
  • Professor Bob Deacon (University of Sheffield, U.K.)
  • Professor Jin-Young Moon (Sogang University, Korea)
  • Professor Kinglun Ngok (Sun Yat-sen University, China)
  • Professor Alan Walker (University of Sheffield , U.K.)