NordWel is a multi-disciplinary, cross-national research network of seven partner units in Nordic universities. It is coordinated at the University of Helsinki, Department of Social Science History. Among its partners is the Department of History at Stockholm University.

The Centre started its activities in March 2007 as a part of NordForsk Centre of Excellence programme on welfare.

On these pages you can find information on the organisation as well as research themes of the Centre: website

Contact at the Department of History, Stockholm University is Nils Edling,


NordWel Fourth Summer School 2011

State, Society and Citizen - Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Welfare State Development

Stockholm-Sigtuna, 21–26 August 2011

NCoE NordWel in cooperation with the Department of History, Stockholm University, and the Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm, organize an international summer school in Stockholm, 21–26 August 2011.

Welfare states can be studied from a number of theoretical and methodological approaches, with various chronological perspectives and with a focus on different empirical phenomena. The aim of the summer school is to stimulate discussions across disciplines and thereby foster innovative cross-disciplinary research on the development of welfare states over time. To this purpose the Summer School bring together Ph.D. students and well-established scholars in scientific exchanges.

Distinguished international scholars lecture in sessions covering different themes such as the political economy of welfare states, conceptualisations of welfare, religion and welfare policies, civic society and public support for welfare states.

The list of senior scholars, who have confirmed their participation, includes Sonya Michel (Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Studies, University of Maryland), Kees van Kersbergen (Aarhus Universitet), Noel Whiteside (University of Warwick), Jonas Pontusson (Princeton University, Université de Genève), Kimberly Morgan (George Washington University), Christoph Conrad (Université de Genève), Adalbert Evers (Universität Giessen), Walter Korpi (Stockholms universitet), Stefan Svallfors (Umeå Universitet), Jenny Andersson (Sciences-po, CERI, Paris), Joakim Palme (Institutet för Framtidsstudier/Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm and Uppsala Universitet), Pauli Kettunen (Helsingin Yliopisto), Klaus Petersen (Syddansk Universitet Odense).

The school will have 27 participating Ph D students from ten different countries.

Contact persons: Nils Edling, Disa Karlsson,