About us

Nordic Centre of Excellence: The Nordic Welfare State – Historical Foundations and Future Challenges (NordWel), is a multi-disciplinary, cross-national research network of eight partner units in Nordic universities, that operated in 2007-2014 as a part of NordForsk Nordic Centre of Excellence programme on welfare.

Based on the best practices created, NordWel Summer School continues to bring together PhD students and well-established international scholars in scientific exchange.

Summer School 2018

The next Summer School will be held 13-17 August 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. Due to various requests, the submission deadline has been extended till 30 April 2018. Find the updated Call for Papers here!

We warmly welcome PhD students to NordWel Summer School 2018 – an intensive course to stimulate discussions across disciplines and foster innovative cross-disciplinary research on the development of welfare states over time. See more about the NordWel Summer School.


NordWel – Research Centre

NordWel works to qualify the discussion about the Nordic welfare state – the idea is to understand it as the locus of many intertwining changes. Learn more about the research agenda.

A cross-national centre of eight partner units in Nordic universities operated in 2007-2014 working on cutting edge research. See more about the publications.