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Welcoming New Director and Staff Members

New Executive Director

New Head of Unit

New Staff Member

Welcoming New Director and Staff Members

Warm Welcome for Dr. Kai Leichsenring as new Executive Director
The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research welcomes Dr. Kai Leichsenring, as the new Executive Director and thanks Dr. Ricardo Rodrigues who served as Interim Director during the last 6 months.
Dr. Leichsenring will take up his duties on 1 March 2016 and will lead the European Centre together with Anette Scoppetta and Ricardo Rodrigues, who were appointed as new Deputy Directors.
Warm Welcome for New Head of Unit: Anette Scoppetta
Anette joined the European Centre in March 2016 to lead the team of researchers in the Work, Wealth and Welfare Unit. She holds a doctorate in Social and Economic Sciences from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Her main areas of interest in research and policy consultancy are labour market policy, social inclusion, minimum income, workplace innovation, social innovation and regional economic development. As a Deputy Director she is also a member of the new Management Team and and will coordinate the bridge-building function of the European Centre.
Contact: scoppetta@euro.centre.org
Warm Welcome for New Staff Member: Lucia Mýtna Kureková
Lucia joined the European Centre in April 2016 to support the Work, Wealth and Welfare Unit in new and ongoing research projects. She holds a PhD from the Central European University and is specialising on quantitative and qualitative research in the areas of labour migration, social inclusion and social policy, skills and education systems, and the political economy of transition.
Contact: kurekova@euro.centre.org


The European Centre will organize the Workshop ‘Building Bridges in Social Welfare Policy in Eastern Europe’ (19 September 2016, Vienna) that aims at gathering and exchanging expertise of researchers, policy makers and practitioners in Eastern Europe. We particularly invite scholars and experts with expertise in innovative approaches in labour market policy and health and social care (long-term care) arrangements in Eastern Europe to submit an abstract for either an academic paper or a good practice here. The call for abstracts on academic papers and good practice is open until 27 May 2016.
Integration of indirect taxes in EUROMOD
In a project commissioned by KU Leuven and the University of Essex the European Centre will integrate indirect taxes for Austria into the European-wide tax-benefit microsimulation model EUROMOD. For the project, micro-data from the Household Budget Survey (Konsumerhebung) will be matched with EU-SILC-data. After the integration it will be possible to simulate different rates of value added tax for different commodity groups and analyse the outcomes in terms of disposable household incomes.


International Seminar: "Care in Crisis: Austerity and Long-term Care in the UK"
Long-term care in the UK – particularly in England – is in serious crisis. Not only are levels of funding and service provision failing to keep pace with demographic trends; increasingly severe cuts are being made in levels of public funding. Professor Emerita Caroline Glendinning will argue that these cuts are partially hidden through current local government funding regimes and accountability structures. The speaker will present evidence of the impacts of current funding cuts on care markets, on older people and on family care-givers. The seminar will also draw attention to the longer-term implications of current policies, in undermining any notion that access to publicly-funded long-term care might be linked to concepts of citizenship and based on rights and entitlement; rather, long-term care is likely to become increasingly variable across the UK, dependent on local political priorities and discretionary decision-making. More International Seminars
Thematic Briefing at the 15th Working Session of the CRPD Committee
The European Centre was co-hosting a thematic briefing event on “The potential of the CRPD for older persons with disability: enabling choices in long-term care” at the 15th Working Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva. The event aimed to promote the recognition of the right of dependent older individuals to choose their long-term care arrangements and included presentations from representatives of all co-hosting organizations (i.e. the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI), the European Commission and the NGO Committee on Ageing) and an open discussion with the public. Further information is available here.
Vortrag Langzeitpflege als System? Innovationspotenziale an der Schnittstelle zwischen Gesundheits- und Sozialsystem
Im Kontext alternder Gesellschaften ist die (Re-)Organisation von Langzeitpflege eine wesentliche Komponente notwendiger sozialer Innovation und Investition. In seinem Vortrag zum “Colloquium Gesundheitsökonomie” am 30. März 2016 fasste Kai Leichsenring die Debatte zur integrierten Langzeitpflege zusammen und stellte erfolgversprechende Beispiele für innovative Praxis vor.
International Seminar: Explaining transformations of care in European societies: analytical and methodological challenges
European countries are confronted with similar demographic, social and financial pressures in relation to their need to develop their care regimes. In this context, Margarita León discussed the ‘care deficit’ issue using as dependent variables quantity and quality of care and working conditions of carers and the institutional and socio-economic contexts where the care sector is embedded as the independent variables. Moreover, given the nature of these dependent and independent variables, research often needs to combine quantitative/qualitative analyses on the one hand with cross-national/in-depth national case studies on the other. The presentation reflected on these methodological challenges when comparing recent developments in care provision across countries. More International Seminars