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NCoE NordWel is a multi-disciplinary, cross-national research network of eight partner units in universities in all the Nordic countries. It is coordinated at the University of Helsinki, Department of Political and Economic Studies, Section of Social Science History.



The Centre is led by Pauli Kettunen, Professor of Political History at the University of Helsinki.

Professor Klaus Petersen is Vice Director of the Centre. Professor Petersen works in the Centre for Welfare State Research at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense.

As the Coordinator of the Centre, Ms Heidi Haggrén is responsible for administration and communications. The Coordinator’s office is situated in the University of Helsinki, Department of Political and Economic Studies, Section of Social Science History.

Management Group

Professor Pauli Kettunen, University of Helsinki, chair
Professor Klaus Petersen, University of Southern Denmark, Odense
Professor Guðmundur Jonsson, University of Iceland, Reykjavik
Senior Researcher Nanna Kildal, Stein Rokkan Centre for Social Studies, Bergen
Professor Stein Kuhnle, University of Bergen / Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
Researcher Urban Lundberg, Institute for Future Studies / University of Stockholm
Professor Pirjo Markkola, University of Jyväskylä / Åbo Akademi University
Associate Professor Bente Rosenbeck, University of Copenhagen
Professor Kari Melby, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
Professor Bo Stråth, University of Helsinki

International Reference Group

Professor Christoph Conrad, University of Geneva
Professor Kees van Kersbergen, VU University Amsterdam
Professor Marju Lauristin, University of Tartu
Professor Christopher Lloyd, University of New England, Australia
Professor Sonya Michel, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington/University of Maryland
Professor Uffe Østergaard Copenhagen Business School
Professor Bo Rothstein, Gothenburg University
Professor Theda Skocpol, Harvard University
Professor Pat Thane, University of London

International Reference Group acts as scientific adviser for the Management Group and supports it in creating international contacts.