NordSoc investigates the political, cultural, social and economic aspects of the Nordic societies from a cross-disciplinary and transnational perspective. NordSoc is based on collaboration between the Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS, Dept of World Cultures), the Section of Social Science History (SSH, Dept of Economic and Political Studies), and the Swedish School of Social Science (SSKH).
At CENS, the cultural, regional and ideological factors that make the Nordic countries Nordic are topical. The RC's research at SSH focuses on the welfare state, work and labour market. At SSKH focus is on the legitimacy of the welfare state and on the consequences of social policy transformations.
NordSoc researchers are the core of the Nordic CoE NordWel, coordinated in SSH, funded by the CoE programme of NordForsk. Members of NordSoc do also research on consensual politics, on Nordic welfare attitudes in a changing Europe as well as on national constitutions and global law in a way that enables the RC to examine the Nordic society in both European and global perspectives. For these themes RC members have received significant European funding (ERC, ESF, FP5, FP7).
On national level, the members of the RC have received funding from all top level instruments: FiDiPro programme, CoE programme and Academy Professorship of the Academy of Finland. In addition, NordSoc is currently hosting or collaborating as a central partner in four research projects funded by the Academy.
Researcher training is conducted in close cooperation with the research projects. NordWel organises annually an international summer school and several researcher training seminars in all Nordic countries. Its mobility fellowship scheme is aimed at researcher career promotion. CENS has its own training scheme funded by the UH. In addition, CENS is an organising partner in an international research school in conceptual history, conceptual analysis and political thought that organises an annual summer school, as well as several thematic research training courses.
Responsible person: Pauli Kettunen, Department of Political and Economic Studies, Section of Social Science History
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