EARC virtual workshop on DWP areas of research interest

06 May 2021

Eastern Arc will be hosting a virtual workshop with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as part of the process of refreshing the DWP’s Areas of Research Interest (ARIs), which will be published later in 2021. We are inviting academics and researchers to discuss their research in areas that may be of interest or relevance to the Department. 

Particular topics the DWP wishes to explore include (but are not limited to) work, pensions, progression in work, barriers to work, disadvantaged groups, financial insecurity over the life-course, the changing labour market, geography, health and care, what works in terms of suitable social welfare provision and employment support post-EU exit and for the recovery from the pandemic.

Format of the event

The event will take the form of two half-day online workshops on 28 and 29 June 2021. Each day will open with an introduction to the DWP ARIs, and then a series of short (15 minute) research presentations given by academics and researchers from the three EARC universities. These will be followed by Q&As, before breaking out into parallel sessions when participants can discuss the research in more depth with individual speakers. 

Submitting a paper

If you would like to speak at the event, please submit the following to Phil Ward by 31 May 2021. 

  • Your name
  • Your institutional affiliation
  • A brief outline of your research (500 words max)

Next steps

After the deadline, a small panel (including the DWP) will decide on the most appropriate and relevant research that should be included, and the speakers will be notified. The event itself will be open to all, and all are encouraged to take part, both to hear about the research that is on-going across EARC, and also to talk informally to colleagues at the DWP.

Details of this workshop, together with all our future, current and past events, are available on our dedicated Events page.

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