Keynote speakers

Daniel Béland

Daniel Béland is Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and James McGill Professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. He has held visiting academic positions at Harvard University, the University of Bremen, the University of Nagoya, the University of Southern Denmark, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Professor Béland currently serves as Editor (French) of the Canadian Journal of Sociology, Executive Editor of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, and President of the Research Committee 19 (Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy) of the International Sociological Association. A student of comparative social and fiscal policy, he has published more than 20 books and 170 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Mara A. Yerkes

Mara A. Yerkes is Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Science, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Her research broadly centres on comparative social policy (including welfare states, family policy, industrial relations and citizenship regimes) and social inequalities (around work, care, communities and families, in particular in relation to gender, generations, and sexuality). Yerkes is the principal investigator of the European Research Council (ERC) project CAPABLE, a comparative study on gender inequalities in work-life balance in eight European countries, and of CoGIS-NL (COVID-19 Gender (In)equality Survey Netherlands), a longitudinal research project involving researchers from Utrecht University and Radboud University Nijmegen. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including Transforming the Dutch Welfare State: Social Risks and Corporatist Reform (2011; Policy Press) and two co-edited volumes appearing in 2022: Solidarity and Social Justice in Contemporary Societies: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding Social Inequalities (from Palgrave), and Social Policy in Changing European Societies: Research Agendas for the 21st Century (Edward Elgar).

Juliana Martínez Franzoni

Juliana Martínez Franzoni is full professor at the University of Costa Rica and George Foster Awardee from the Humboldt Foundation for outstanding research careers in developing countries. Her publications have attracted attention from international specialists and are globally included as standard work on the Latin American welfare state. Juliana’s research of social policy provides a comprehensive view of the welfare state. She tested, challenged and adapted Esping-Andersen´s typology for the case of Latin America. In her second field of research, Juliana has focused on the interaction of labor and social policies. She has closely examined the feedback between women’s labor force participation and childcare and developed policy recommendations to reorganize carework in the context of welfare regimes in Latin America.  A third field of research addresses the global South and led to a book, The Quest for Universal Social Policy in the South: Actors, Ideas and Architectures (Cambridge University Press, 2016), co-written with Diego Sánchez-Ancochea (University of Oxford).  Her most recent work investigates whether responses to the pandemic have entailed opportunities for social policy change in Central America. The recognition of her work is also reflected in the prizes and fellowships awarded, including by Fulbright and the Kellogg Institute of International Studies.

Aušra Maslauskaitė

Aušra Maslauskaitė is Professor of Family Sociology and Demography at Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania. She is also affiliated with the Institute of Sociology at the Lithuanian Center for Social Sciences and is the Head of the Department of Social Change and Inequality Studies. She serves as a Board member at the Research Committee 6 (RC06 Family Research) of the International Sociological Association and for  two terms acted as the President of the Lithuanian Sociological Society.  Prof. Maslauskaitė is a Member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. Her research interests are family demography, families and inequalities, gender and family, family policies. She has been involved in more than 20 national and international research projects and has been the PI in the projects on post-divorce fatherhood, social stratification of family life, fertility and family dynamics, demographic history of the Lithuanian family. Her research has been published nationally and internationally with  over 20 books and book chapters and more than 50 articles, among them in Journal of Family Studies, Men and Masculinities, Demographic Research, Journal of Comparative Family Studies.