Can Social Investment save Social Europe?

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 00:00

Thurs., 29th of May will see a special seminar hosted by the Department of Sociology/ NIRSA, Political Economy and Work Cluster  and the New Deals in the New Economy project on Social Investment in Europe followed by the launch of a new MA in Sociology (Work, Labour Markets and Employment) by Minister Joan Burton.

‘Social Investment’ focuses on investing in people’s skills and capacities and supporting them to participate fully in employment and social life (EU Commission). Does ‘social investment’ lead to a renewal or an erosion of the welfare state? Will ‘social investment’ support economic and social recovery?

What to know more in advance?.B. Nolan article on social investment. .

The event will start at 9.30 with registration and coffee followed by the seminar at 10.00 in the Phoenix building on the North Campus in Maynooth University   keynoted by  Prof Anton Hemerijck, VU University Amsterdam and Prof Brian Nolan, UCD and chaired by Prof. Sean O'Riain.

Following a break for coffee there will be a a roundtable discussion with: Rossella Ciccia (NUIM), Tom Healy (NERI) and Rory O’Donnell (NESC) chaired by Mary Murphy (NUIM).

At 13:30 Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection will launch a new Maynooth University MA Sociology: Work, Labour Markets and Employment (MAWLE). (To commence September 2014 subject to approval of the Academic Council)
   Minister Joan Burton
Please register for seminar by emailing before May 26th, 2014

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