Project period: February – May 2016 

This community later received Accelerator Funding for the project: Transnational transformations in social protection – concepts, instruments and contexts

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 under-explored in academic research: the Middle East and North Africa, East and South East Asia, Latin America and Africa. 


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.  

However, countries have 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. 

Project summary 

This initiator funding brought together an interdisciplinary community (social policy, international development, political science, sociology, international relations) with diverse policy, methodological and regional expertise. The community also strengthened links with international social protection experts from East Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.  

The community held a number of meetings to share expertise around definitions of social protection across the world regions, discuss methodological approaches and data sources, plan for a major bid and prepare an edited book proposal. The community continued to collaborate after the award end and received an Accelerator Award in 2017.