We’re pleased to announce a call for papers for the ECSR thematic conference “Effort and Social Inequality”. Organised by the Carlos III-Juan March Institute of Social Sciences, it will take place in Madrid from the 14th to the 16th of June 2023.

The conference will provide a platform for scholars to present work on the broadly understood theme of “effort and social inequality”. It will also provide an opportunity to showcase the results of the EFFORT project. Relevant research fields are education and learning, organizations and labour markets, life course and ageing, trust and cooperation, as well as social networks and the environment. Interdisciplinary contributions are welcome and encouraged. Confirmed speakers include Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington (LSE), Heike Solga (WZB Berlin Social Science Center),  and Kaspar Burger (University of Zurich).

There is no registration fee – attendance is free of charge. Attendance is limited. A catered lunch and conference dinner will be provided on Thursday.  ECSR travel grants worth up to €500 each will be offered to early career scholars in order to facilitate their attendance (further information on travel grants below). The conference is envisioned to run from about 2pm on Wednesday the 14th to 2pm on Friday the 16th, with a full day on Thursday. The exact schedule may be subject to variation.

The conference is an official thematic conference of the European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR). The ECSR is a non-profit, scientific, professional organization with more than 100 member institutions that aims to promote theoretically driven empirical research in Sociology.


We welcome submissions of extended abstracts (max 1000 words, excluding references) on the theme of “effort and social inequality”. Empirical research using quantitative, qualitative, and experimental methodologies is welcome, as are theoretical papers. We offer 30 minute slots for oral presentations, of which the presentation time should comprise about 15-20 minutes, with the remaining time left for questions and answers

Please send submissions to effort@clio.uc3m.es with subject line “Conference submission”. The deadline for submissions is the 19th of March. The organisers will contact submitters with a decision on their submission by the 15th of April, at the latest.

The venue

The conference will be held in UC3M’s Puerta de Toledo Campus in downtown Madrid. The venue is well-serviced by public transport is located about a 15 minute walk from Plaza Mayor, Madrid’s main square. More information on location and how to get there is available here.

Travel grants

Four travel grants are offered for early career researchers, in order to facilitate their attendance. The grants have a value of up to €500 euro each. Researchers who have not yet defended their PhD, or who have defended it within five years of June 14th are eligible to apply. In order to apply, please include along with your submission a short letter (500 words max) outlining your research interests and rationale for applying for the grant. Applicants should also include a short CV and the names and contact details of two referees.

Key dates

Submission deadline: March 19th

Submission decision: April 15th

Conference dates: June 14th to 16th


For any inquires, please email effort@clio.uc3m.es


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