Bath to host international research conference

International RC19 Conference to feature cutting-edge global research on social policy and welfare

The University of Bath will welcome researchers from around the world for the Annual Conference of the International Sociological Association’s research committee on poverty, social welfare and social policy (RC19).

The RC19 brings together international scholars in the field of comparative welfare state and social policy research, covering a range of disciplines from sociology to policy studies and political science. Over 400 academics from leading global institutions are members of RC19, with almost 100 involved in the Annual Conference.

This year’s theme, ‘Frontiers of Inequality, Social Policy and Welfare’, encompasses new as well as more traditional research on inequalities, social policy and welfare, including social policy and climate change, immigration, development, and developing welfare strategies in the East, Middle East, and Global South.

In addition to the conference featuring more than 60 original research papers, two keynotes address the conference theme directly.

On Wednesday 26 August, Ian Gough, Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, will give a keynote on ‘From Welfare States to Redistributive and Sustainable Eco-social Policies.’

On Thursday 27 August, Diana Mitlin, Director of the Global Urban Research Centre, will present ‘Views from Above and Below: Social Policy, Urban Poverty, and the Experiences of Informal Settlement Dwellers.’

Commenting ahead of the event, Professor Lynn Prince Cooke said: “We are so pleased to be selected to host the RC19 conference here at Bath for the first time, welcoming old friends as well as new colleagues. The University’s support and the involvement of so many SPS academics in the planning and delivery of the conference ensure a stimulating, successful event that showcases the best of the University and City of Bath, as well as the possibility for new collaborative research or approaches to social welfare.” 

Professor Ian Butler, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences added: “The hosting of the RC19’s Annual Conference here at Bath highlights the international reputation of our research on social policy and inequalities. 

“At a time of significant policy shifts nationally and internationally it’s more important than ever that such decisions are based on the best available evidence and research such as that featured at the upcoming conference.”

The RC19 Annual Conference takes place on campus and in the City between Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 August. To find out more see

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