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SPA Annual Conference 2019 'Securing the Future: The Challenge for Social Policy'

Monday, 8 July 2019 to Wednesday, 10 July 2019


At a time when uncertainty and social inequalities are seemingly endemic, nationally and internationally, the challenge facing the academic community in social policy is to develop clear thinking and better understanding of these seemingly intractable problems; whilst at the same time, beginning to develop proactive programmes for progressive change. In the context of the continuing, and potentially unresolved, Brexit saga, and where the policies associated with austerity will continue to impact on communities for years to come, active and committed solution-focused debates are still of the essence, cutting across key areas of concern, such as housing and homelessness, income inequalities, gender, cultural and ethnic differences, migration, child and family policy, and violence and abuse, to name just a few.

What is the role for policy? How can it be used to reduce, or at least limit, the effects of social injustice? What is the relationship between academic insights and the ‘real world’ of policy-making and implementation? How can the academy make an effective contribution to secure positive change? Are we observers, commentators or activists?

Elvet Riverside, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3JT.

Proposed Timings:
The conference is due to begin on Monday 8th July 2019 with registration at 9.30am.
The conference is due to end at 2.30pm on Wednesday 10th July.

This is optional and can be booked during your registration at a Durham University College or at the Radisson Blu Hotel. If you wish to make your alternative arrangements, we suggest you go to This Is Durham.

Further details for the event are available on the Conference Website.

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  • Full Registration - SPA Members (GBP 360.001 410.00)
    Includes refreshments and lunches Mon/Tue/Wed, dinner Mon/Tue

  • Full Registration - Non-members (GBP 550.001 610.00)
    Includes refreshments and lunches Mon/Tue/Wed, dinner Mon/Tue

  • Full Registration - Postgraduate - SPA Members (GBP 237.50)
    Includes refreshments and lunches Mon/Tue/Wed, dinner Mon/Tue.
    Please note that these packages are available on a first-come first-served basis and awarded to members whose papers have been accepted. There are a maximum of 25 places available.

  • Individual Days - SPA Members
    With the option to select individual days

  • Individual Days - Non-members
    With the option to select individual days

Payment Methods

  • Credit/Debit Card

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1Early booking discounts are available until Monday, 15 April 2019