Date
Quarta-feira, 13 de Setembro de 2017 até Sexta-feira, 15 de Setembro de 2017
Local
Brasília, DF

Researcher Links workshop: Inequalities or State Capacity? Making the Brazilian Economy Work for Everyone

UK coordinator: Dr Octavio Luiz Motta Ferraz, King’s College London
Brazil coordinator: Prof. Marcus Faro de Castro, University of Brasilia
Mentors: Prof. Anthony Pereira, Brazil Institute (King’s College London); Prof. Marta Arretche, University of Sao Paulo; Prof. Dr Laura Carvalho, University of Sao Paulo
Dates: 13–15 September, 2017
Venue: University of Brasilia, Brasilia, DF, Brazil

The programme Newton Fund Researcher Links provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and internationally to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations. As part of this programme, we are now recruiting early career researchers to participate in the above workshop. 

The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshops early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a short oral presentation and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and partner countries (see coordinators and mentors above). Although this is not an eligibility/selection criterion, we will encourage selected participants to submit a longer outline or more developed draft of their presentations before the workshop.

There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links. 

The British Council and Fundação de Amparo a Pesquisa - DF (FAP-DF) will cover the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. Costs for the visa will be covered; however participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements. Although this cost will not be covered by the British Council, participants are encouraged to purchase an adequate travel and medical insurance. The British Council accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur when the participants are in-country. 

Application and Deadline

The online application form must be completed and submitted by 25 July, 2017.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form;
  • Application must be submitted before the above deadline;
  • Participants must be Early Career Researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience – candidates in the late stages of their PhDs will also be considered) and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience. They are equivalent to the ‘Recognised Researcher’ and sometimes ‘Experienced Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers’ careers (read more);
  • Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc) at a recognised research institution either in the UK or in Brazil;
  • Participant's research area can be in any subject in social sciences or other disciplines related to the broad theme of the workshop, in particular, but not exclusively, law, economics, sociology and political sciences;
  • Participants are expected to attend all sessions of the workshop.

Criteria for selection of participants 

  • Relevance of the applicant's research area and topic to the workshop;
  • Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop;
  • Description of the long term impact expected through participation in the workshop.

Selection Procedure

Coordinators will select participants in accordance with the eligibility and selection criteria set above.  

Notification of results

Participants will be notified of the results of the selection process two months prior to the workshop date. 

Outline

Can we afford the welfare system? In times of economic crisis, as the current serious one Brazil (and several other parts of the world) is going through, this question tends to dominate political debate. "Our welfare system does not fit in our budget!", is a statement often heard from politicians and economists. Social and economic rights such as health, education, housing and minimum income (minimum wages, pensions, unemployment benefits etc) inevitably become a target and cuts in their funding ("austerity") are often suggested as necessary to tackle the state's financial difficulties and help the economy to recover. 

This workshop approaches this question from a more nuanced perspective. What can or cannot be afforded in terms of social welfare provisions by any given country is the function of a complex combination of normative and empirical factors involving not simply economic ability but also, and crucially, political willingness. The appropriate question is therefore what kind of welfare system a country is willing to implement within its economic possibilities. Once this is recognised it becomes clear that the issue of economic inequality, often neglected in the debate, is crucial, as it is a significant determinant of the capacity and willingness of states to cater for the welfare of their population. 

With the growth of inequality in most countries of the world, the topic of this workshop has never been more topical and relevant. Brazil, as one of the most unequal countries in the globe in the middle of a serious economic crisis, represents an urgent and insightful case study to explore it, through the following more specific themes covered in the workshop a. the sustainability and egalitarian challenges of the Brazilian welfare system); b. tax potential and burden in Brazil, equity and efficiency; c. the impact of rights and legal institutions; d. the impact of inequality in economic development; e. inequality data and analysis. 

Objectives

The main objectives of the workshop are:

  • To encourage early career  researchers pursuing studies in the broader theme explained above to present their work and receive feedback from the coordinators and mentors;
  • To bring together early and established researchers pursuing studies in this broader theme to learn from each other and explore possibilities of future research collaboration, in particular international and interdisciplinary;

  • To publicize the current existing research on the topic to wider audiences, in particular stakeholders such as civil society organisations, policy makers and government officials;

  • To draw attention to this crucial yet under-researched topic, encouraging its further development. 

Specific Topics

  • Welfare system (the sustainability and egalitarian challenges of the Brazilian welfare system in any of its dimensions, eg pensions, work related benefits, health, education, minimum income);
  • Taxation (tax potential and burden in Brazil, equity and efficiency of the system);
  • Rights and legal institutions (the role and impact of rights and legal institutions, in particular social an economic rights, in the social welfare of the population);
  • Economics (the impact of inequality in economic development) e. inequality data and analysis (actual dimension of inequality and its causes).

The theme perpasses several fields of the social sciences (economics, law, sociology, politics and political philosophy) and public policies, such as health, education, housing, income security.