The aim of the conference will be to bring together social scientists who are engaged in research on labour market insecurity and unemployment in Europe. The persistence of high unemployment rates and the prevalence of long-term unemployment in Europe give central importance to the need to improve our knowledge of the sources of labour market insecurity the barriers to exit from unemployment and the consequences of unemployment for the individual and society. The conference will focus upon labour market change and policy in Europe, and how such changes influence labour market insecurity and transitions.
The regulations of the welfare regimes of the national states in Europe differ in ways, which may have important consequences for how the individual cope with unemployment. In recent years, a number of researchers have been working on projects than address specific aspects of this issue. The conference, which will give a strong emphasis to comparative research, will seek to bring these together to provide a broader picture of the implications of such regime differences. How welfare regulations influence job incentives and work attitudes, risk of poverty and health among the unemployed, and the consequences for the family and social networks.