PhD Course: Social Protection for Development in the Emerging Welfare States of Latin America and the Caribbean

Social Protection for Development in the Emerging Welfare States of Latin America and the Caribbean

PhD course – call for applications


University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway

25-27 October 2017


The application deadline is Monday 26 June 2017Application form

More details available in the Course website


No course fees apply. Early application is recommended due to space limits.




This 3-day PhD course brings together a group of renowned experts and young scholars in the broad field of social policy. Economists, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists and other social scientists are invited to examine from a multidisciplinary perspective the mechanisms in which social protection promotes development in the emerging welfare states of Latin America. The course will discuss the following aspects of social protection and welfare in the Latin American region:

Role of the social welfare programs to reduce poverty and inequality
Historical development of the Latin American social welfare systems since the 1920s
How to build universal social policy in the region?
Cash transfer design looking at gender equality initiatives and social accountability
Social pensions as a tool to guarantee the wellbeing of the older-age in an ageing population
Welfare regimes and the welfare-mix between the state, market and the family
What can be learned from the welfare systems in the Nordic region?



Prof. Armando Barrientos, Professor of Poverty and Social Justice at the Global Development Institute of the University of Manchester.
Prof. Maxine Molyneux, Professor of Sociology at the Institute of the Americas of the University College London and Editor of the Palgrave/Macmillan Studies of the Americas Series.
Dr. Diego Sánchez Ancochea, Director of the Latin American Centre and Associate Professor in the Political Economy of Latin America at the University of Oxford.
Prof. Morten Blekesaune, Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Agder.
Dr. Stephen Kidd, Director / Senior Social Policy Specialist at Development Pathways
Dr. Gibrán Cruz-Martínez, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Global Development and Planning of the University of Agder, Kristiansand.


PhD course format

There will be a maximum participation of 20 students, and the language of instruction will be English. PhD students’ presentations will be intercalated with lectures/seminars from guest lecturers. The course will be organised according to Walter Korpi’s Rules to encourage lively discussions and scholarly critical exchanges.



Course participants will receive a Course Certificate, which recommends either 10 or 3 ECTS credits. Please consult the section on ‘Credits’ in the course description.


Lunches and coffee/tea will be provided thanks to the funding provided by the Norwegian Latin America Research Network (NorLARNet) and the Department of Global Development and Planning (University of Agder).


Should you have any practical enquiries, please email the course organiser Gibran Cruz-Martinez at