UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Call for papers. One-day workshop on: Institutions, Inequality, and (Un)Happiness

7 February 2023

On behalf of the Friday Association for Institutional Studies we are pleased to announce the following call for contributions for its 5th London Workshop on Institutional Issues.

CNET call for papers

On behalf of the Friday Association for Institutional Studies (a collective including members of the Birkbeck Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies (CPEIS), the Centre for New Economic Transitions at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES UCL) and the Institute for International Management at Loughborough University London, we are pleased to announce the following call for contributions for its 5th London Workshop on Institutional Issues.

Happiness, as an explicit measure of wellbeing, good institutional quality, as a pillar of development, and low level of inequality, as a driver of social harmony are all increasingly seen as important metrics of societal success. With this call, we aim to invite researchers from any social science discipline to submit their research engaging with at least 2 of these notions to contribute to a critical and constructive debate on their complex interrelations and their relevance to our understand of development in a broad sense.

Inequality, institutional quality and life satisfaction are inter-connected, related, mediated, associated in many ways, and we propose to explore and embrace that diversity of relations during our 1-day workshop. Thus, questions of interest include – but are not limited to:

  • How is the quality of life impacted by the quality of institutions?
  • How do institutions influence the impact of inequality on economic and noneconomic wellbeing?
  • How does inequality and or subjective wellbeing impact institutional trust?
  • What is the relationship between inequality, quality of institutions and public good contributions?
  • How does inequality influence subjective wellbeing and sustainability?
  • Societal wellbeing between formal and informal institutions
  • How do formal institutions mediate the relationship between inequality and aspects of subjective wellbeing?
  • What are the organisation- and industry-level determinants of societal inequality?
  • What are the “institutional drivers” behind the decline of labour share and increase of wages’ inequality?

Please send an abstract (max. 500 words) or a full paper (if available and preferred by the submitters) by 12 March 2023 to ssees-events@ucl.ac.uk
The submission should be sent with “2023 Friday Association Workshop” in the subject line. Please note that the format of the submission (abstract or full paper) will not affect the chances of being accepted. Researchers submitting structured abstracts will not be treated less favourably than authors submitting full papers, as long as their key contribution and approach are made clear. Authors of accepted submissions will be notified by 31 March 2023.

Structure of Presentations:
Every paper presentation will be assigned a discussant. It is thus important to submit full papers at least two weeks before the workshop, i.e. 5 June 2023 at the latest. 

Convenors and Queries
For any queries, please contact any of the workshop convenors: Dr Luca Andriani (luca.andriani@bbk.ac.uk), Dr Randolph L Bruno (Randolph.bruno@ucl.ac.uk), Dr Elodie Douarin (e.douarin@ucl.ac.uk) and Prof Gerhard Schnyder (G.Schnyder@lboro.ac.uk)
When: 19 June 2023
Where: UCL SSEES, London – 16 Taviton Street WC1H 0BW