The 11th EASP annual conference

Managing Changing Welfare Needs in a Growing Transborder East Asia: Social Policy Responses

at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM):
July 24-25 (Thursday-Friday), 2014.

Joint-hosted by 
The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work &
The Center for Korean Studies at University of Hawaii at Manoa


East Asian Social Policy research network (EASP) conferences have attempted to enhance the quality and quantity of research on fast changing East Asian social policies, and to provide a forum for exchanging ideas for researchers. The 11th EASP (East Asian Social Policy) International Annual Conference will be held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) on July 24-25, 2014 on 'Managing Changing Welfare Needs in a Growing Transborder East Asia: Social Policy Responses'. 

Welfare needs in East Asia are changing. Also the rapid social change and diversity in a growing transborder East Asia are casting challenges, and discussion on the future policy orientation is gaining its attention not only within East Asian countries but also globally. Fast changing economies and societies in East Asia present rather complicated features as the experiences may be quite different from other countries in the world in terms of their speed, cultural aspects and complexity. In managing these challenges, governments are developing social policies and the East Asian welfare states are going through some restructuring. 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. 

The EASP international conference will provide a forum for lively discussion address a range of issues relating to these challenges in East Asia, identify future research agenda and discuss on the role of social policy including following areas.

Stream 1: Welfare state, Welfare regimes and Governance
Stream 2: Migration and diversity
Stream 3: Family and care
Stream 4: Health and Well-being
Stream 5: Housing
Stream 6: Education
Stream 7: Ageing society and the elderly
Stream 8: Labour Markets and Inequality
Stream 9: Urbanization and changing welfare needs
Stream 10: Social Protection and Income Maintenance
Stream 11: Economic & Environmental Sustainability

[Keynote speakers]

  • Prof. Guan Xinping, Nankai University
  • Mr. Sang-Bum Kim, 1st Deputy Mayor at Seoul Metropolitan City
  • Prof. Masakazu Shirasawa, Oberin University
  • Prof. Neil Gilbert, University of California at Berkeley
  • Prof. Tae-Ung Baik, University of Hawaii at Manoa

If you have any queries, please contact EASP at (easp2014hawaii@gmail.com).

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