New Paradigms of Social Protection: Policies, Impacts and Outcomes

Initiator Fund

Project period: February – May 2016

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bath: Rana Jawad
University of Bristol: Patricia Kennett
Cardiff University: Rod Hick

Project overview

This project aims to build an interdisciplinary GW4 community around the international and comparative study of social protection in regions of the world that are often left underexplored in academic research: the Middle East and North Africa, East and South East Asia, Latin America and Africa.

We will investigate countries with diverse levels of development and income, culture and institutional capacity and social protection strategies. The collaboration takes forward the theme of social protection as a new model of public policy among international donor agencies and governments across these regions. Focusing on social protection reopens long-standing gaps in knowledge and highlights dynamic policy changes not yet addressed by the literature.

Understanding social protection provision is significant not only to appreciate the social rights and standard of living enjoyed by different populations, but also to state building and stability.