The Welfare State is Possible

Who we are:

WIP: The Welfare State Is Possible is a newly established independent research institute supporting and exploring a new possibility of the universal and comprehensive welfare state. Our goal is to improve the quality of life of people around the world as a whole by increasing equality and democracy in politics, economics, and everyday lives through the universal welfare state. 



The Rise of New Left and the Return of the Universal Welfare State 12 October 2019 

Chiangmai, Thailand


Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have to change the conference venue to: 

Hotel: Green Nimman @UNISERV CMU 

Room: 'Bua Tong'

239 Nimmanhemin Road, Muang District, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50200, Thailand

The registration is now open for accepted participants and audiences. Here 

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August 7, 2019

We are inviting you to our annual international conference on the universal welfare state on 12-13 October 2019 in Chiangmai, Thailand.

Abstract submission deadline: 30th September 2019

Theme: The rise of New Left and the return of the universal welfare state



June 21, 2019

We believe that the ideas of the welfare state and social equality are simply a major part of our everyday lives. These ideas are however often over-complicated by politicians and experts which could draw understanding away from people’s daily lives.

We are thus looking...

November 12, 2018

We hope that you found the conference informative and worthwhile. The primary goal of this WIP 2018 conference was to bring together scholars to discuss the possibilities of the comprehensive welfare state in the neoliberal era. 

We believe that our diverse and dynamic...

October 21, 2018

Conference Venue: Room 202, College of Interdisciplinary Studies Building, Thammasat University (Tha Pra Chan Campus) Bangkok Thailand

Download Programme and Abstract Book HERE

For audiences, please register here:

August 28, 2018

We are inviting you to join our first international research forum on the universal welfare state on 27-28 October 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. Abstract Submission Deadline: Extended to 8 October 2018 

Theme: Precarity and uncertainty in the neoliberal regime an...

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