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8/3/2023 - 8/4/2023

ECSR Thematic Conference: "COVID-19 and Social Inequality in Well-being"

Societal crises disrupt individuals’ lives in many different life domains because severe changes in day-to-day routines and societal subsystems like the labor market occur. This was also 
evident for the COVID-19 pandemic, which had not only led to cuts in social life, education, 
and work in the short term, but also has long-lasting implications. In addition to the obvious 
risks to individual health, the COVID-19 pandemic raises many questions, such as how 
individuals cope with these challenges and how it affects individuals' well-being in the short as well as the long run. It also raises the question of whether disruptions caused systematic disadvantages for specific parts of the society in health and well-being and how it affects social inequality in these areas in the near and distant future.  

The study of these guiding questions demands the collaboration of different disciplines, as it requires a deep understanding of social strata, behavioral approaches in economics, psychological and demographic processes, institutional contexts, medical aspects, and methodology. To this end, this conference aims to bring sociologists, economists, psychologists, demographers, public health researchers, survey methodologists, and statisticians from different countries together to discuss the following topics: 

  • Medium- and long-term effects of the pandemic on social inequalities
  • Changes in societal subsystems and their consequences for individuals
  • Causal analysis of effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Methodological challenges for data collection and implications for research 

Keynote Lectures:

Anette Fasang (HU Berlin) and Bastian Betthäuser (Science Po, Paris). Furthermore, the conference will feature a panel discussion with a keynote by Thomas Skora (gesis) and researchers in data collection and survey administration.

Submission guidelines:

We invite researchers to submit Abstracts for an oral or poster presentation of max. 1000 words (plus 3 keywords) to by May 8, 2023. Please indicate your preferred format (oral/poster) on submission. Moreover, we offer a childcare program during the main conference hours (Day 1: 9.00 am to 6 pm; Day 2: 9.00 am to 5 pm) by a professional childcare provider. Please indicate your needs (number of children and age) already in the application to allow for a better planning.

Travel grants:

We offer three travel grants to support PhD students and applicants who need financial assistance to facilitate their attendance. These grants cover the real costs incurred (max. 500€) and will be paid after the conference upon submission of valid proof of travel expenses. For application to travel grants, please provide a motivation letter explaining why you need the funding and an approximate cost calculation.


  • Matthias Collischon (Institute for Employment Research, IAB)
  • Jacqueline Kroh (Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, LIfBi)
  • Alexander Patzina (University of Bamberg / Institute for Employment Research, IAB)


Program at a glance

Wednesday, August 2, 7:30 p.m.: Get-together | Fässla Keller | Moosstr. 32 | 96049 Bamberg

Thursday, August 3

8:30–9:00 a.m.

Arrival and Registration

9:00–9:15 a.m.


9:15–10:15 a.m.

Keynote Speech

10:15–10:30 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:30–12:10 a.m.

Presentation Session 1

12:10–1:15 p.m. Lunch Break
1:15–2:30 p.m.

Presentation Session 2

2:30–2:45 p.m.

Coffee Break

2:45–4:00 p.m.

Presentation Session 3

4:00–4:15 p.m.

Coffee Break

4:15–5:55 p.m.

Presentation Session 4

7:00 p.m.

Conference Dinner


Friday, August 4

9:00–9:15 a.m.


9:15–10:15 a.m.

Keynote Speech

10:15–10:30 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:30–11:45 a.m.

Presentation Session 5 & 6 (Parallel Session)

11:45–12:45 p.m. Lunch Break
  Panel Discussion: Methodological challenges for data collection and implications for research
12:45–1:15 p.m.

Keynote Speech

1:15–2:15 p.m.

Data quality in times of COVID

2:15–2:30 p.m.

Coffee Break

2:30–4:10 p.m.

Presentation Session 7

4:10–4:25 p.m.

Closing Remarks



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