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PhD Course: Social Protection for Development in the Emerging Welfare States of Latin America and the Caribbean

Social Protection for Development in the Emerging Welfare States of Latin America and the Caribbean

PhD course – call for applications

University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
25-27 October 2017

The application deadline is Monday 26 June 2017.
More details available on the Course website:

No course fees apply. Early application is recommended due to space limits.

This 3-day PhD course brings together a group of renowned experts and young scholars in the broad field of social policy. Economists, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists and other social scientists are invited to examine from a multidisciplinary perspective the mechanisms in which social protection promotes development in the emerging welfare states of Latin America. The course will discuss the following aspects of social protection and welfare in the Latin American region:
•    Role of the social welfare programs to reduce poverty and inequality
•    Historical development of the Latin American social welfare systems since the 1920s
•    How to build universal social policy in the region?
•    Cash transfer design looking at gender equality initiatives and social accountability
•    Social pensions as a tool to guarantee the wellbeing of the older-age in an ageing population
•    Welfare regimes and the welfare-mix between the state, market and the family
•    What can be learned from the welfare systems in the Nordic region?

•    Prof. Armando Barrientos, Professor of Poverty and Social Justice at the Global Development Institute of the University of Manchester.
•    Prof. Maxine Molyneux, Professor of Sociology at the Institute of the Americas of the University College London and Editor of the Palgrave/Macmillan Studies of the Americas Series.
•    Dr. Diego Sánchez Ancochea, Director of the Latin American Centre and Associate Professor in the Political Economy of Latin America at the University of Oxford.
•    Prof. Morten Blekesaune, Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Agder.
•    Dr. Stephen Kidd, Director / Senior Social Policy Specialist at Development Pathways
•    Dr. Gibrán Cruz-Martínez, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Global Development and Planning of the University of Agder, Kristiansand.

PhD course format
There will be a maximum participation of 20 students, and the language of instruction will be English. PhD students’ presentations will be intercalated with lectures/seminars from guest lecturers. The course will be organised according to Walter Korpi’s Rules to encourage lively discussions and scholarly critical exchanges.

Course participants will receive a Course Certificate, which recommends either 10 or 3 ECTS credits. Please consult the section on ‘Credits’ in the course description.

Lunches and coffee/tea will be provided thanks to the funding given by the Norwegian Latin America Research Network (NorLARNet) and the Department of Global Development and Planning (University of Agder).

Should you have any practical enquiries, please email the course organiser Gibran Cruz-Martinez at