The Aging & Society: Sixth Interdisciplinary Conference, organized by the Common Ground Publishing will take place from 6th October to the 7th October 2016 at the Linkoping University in Linkoping, Sweden. The conference will cover areas like Within Linköping University, the Department of Social and Welfare Studies (ISV) focuses its teaching and research on issues related to the modern welfare state. The educational programs offered at ISV are characterized by a close link between theory and practice, with special emphasis on student-centered pedagogy. Education and research focuses both on the immediate needs of the welfare state, as well as research that scrutinizes the structural transformations taking place in all modern welfare states.
Joakim Palme, born 1958, is Professor of political science in the Department of Government at Uppsala University since 2009. Palme holds a PhD in sociology from 1990, Stockholm University. Throughout the 1980s and 90s, he contributed to the Social Citizenship Indicator Program (SCIP) at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI). In 1999-2001 he chaired the Swedish ”Welfare Commission”. From 2002 to 2011, he was the director of the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm where he directed research on population change and public policy. He has published extensively on the welfare state as a strategy of equality and the politics of the welfare state. His publications also include studies of social policies in aging societies and social investment.