Conference 2019

The Fourth MENA Social Policy Network (University of Bath) Conference in Partnership with the American University in Cairo’s Centennial Celebration.

Dates: October 30th and 31st 2019
Location: The American University in Cairo

About the Conference

The Fourth MENA Social Policy Network (University of Bath) Conference in Partnership with the American University in Cairo’s Centennial Celebration.

“Social Policy in the MENA Region: Policy Learning in the Era of Social Protection”

We are now in an era of major policy change in the MENA region: under the new paradigm of social protection, countries are undergoing major reforms in social policy provision ranging from the introduction of cash transfer programmes to re-adjustments in fiscal policy with major implications for both policy-making processes and citizen rights and welfare.
In response to this dynamic context, this conference seeks to engage with the following questions: How do we as researchers, policy-makers and practitioners make sense of the social protection agenda in the MENA region?
In what ways does it replace or reinforce pre-exiting social policy structures? More importantly how can social policy change be managed in this time of social transformation?
Can MENA countries learn from the policy experiences of other countries or regions? More to the point, how does policy learning happen in order to foster more effective, efficient and inclusive social protection policies?

Call For Papers

We are looking for two types of submissions

  1. Individual papers
  2. Panels of 2 to 4 papers

Please submit both individual papers and panels via

The deadline for abstract submission is June 30, 2019.

Conference organisers will notify submitting authors of their acceptance by the end of July 2019.

There are no conference fees.

Participants who need support obtaining a visa to enter Egypt should write to and are urged to begin the process as soon as possible.

Find out more by downloading ‘Call for Papers’ for full details on submissions.

Any questions, comments or suggestions should be addressed to the University of Bath team at
Submit Paper Download PDF Call for Papers

The American University in Cairo

Find out more about this years conference hosts.

Founded in 1919, The American University in Cairo (AUC) is a leading English-language, American-accredited institution of higher education and center of intellectual, social and cultural life of the Arab world. In the 2019-2020 academic year, AUC will celebrate a century of leadership as Egypt’s global University.

The University will mark this milestone with a yearlong program to foster AUC’s local and global connections. The MENA social policy network and the University of Bath are pleased to take part in the centennial celebrations by co-hosting the 4th MENASP network conference at AUC in October 2019.

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