Conference addresses social policy in recession
The annual Queen’s International Institute on Social Policy conference will look at the impact of the recession on social programs. The three day event will examine how economic downturns have transformed social policy debate in the past, and how current social programs are being stressed by the recession. Individual panels will look at the unique situations of the adult unemployed, immigrants, youth and aboriginals, and pensioners.
“When we were thinking about a theme for this year’s [conference], there was immediate and unanimous consensus to focus on the recession,” says Naomi Alboim, one of the conference organizers, and a professor in the Queen’s School of Policy Studies. “We thought it would be timely and useful to bring together policy makers and policy influencers to discuss whether we have the right policy instruments to respond to the social needs that arise during a recession, and to position us well to come out of it.”
Queen’s Chancellor David Dodge is among the speakers, along with academic and public sector experts from Canada, France, Australia, the U.K, and the U.S.
The conference runs August 17 through August 19 at various locations on the Queen’s campus. For more details, visit http://www.queensu.ca/sps/events/qiisp/2009/index.php