European Social Policy Analysis Network
The European Commission uses the support provided by the European Social Policy Analysis Network (ESPAN) to inform its analysis of policies on social protection (such as pensions, long-term care, access to social protection for all types of activity status) and social inclusion (such as inequalities, active inclusion, child poverty and child well-being, access to essential services, homelessness, etc.) in the 27 EU Member States, (potential) candidate countries as well as Iceland and Norway.
A team from the Geary Institute were appointed Irish coordinators of the ESPAN in 2023. This team includes Prof Michelle Norris, Dr Laura Foley, Dr Dorren McMahon and Ms Laurie Reilly (Geary Institute) and Dr Micheál Collins and Dr Marie Pierce (School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice).
The ESPANs reports to which they have contributed can be downloaded below. Further information on the European Social Policy Analysis Network and copies of the reports produced on other European countries are available here