NordWel International Summer School 2015

The summer school will take place at the University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science, Snellmaninkatu 12. The program consists of lectures, workshops and panel discussion. The lectures will be held by international and Nordic senior scholars and address different central themes and topics in welfare research. In the workshop you will get the chance to present your paper and get comments from our senior scholars and fellow students. In addition we will try to provide time for informal conversations and discussions. The program will start on Tuesday 9 June at 2 p.m. and finish in the afternoon on Friday 12 June, 2015.

Teachers include Sonya Michel (Professor, Department of History, University of Maryland, US), Jin Feng (Professor, School of Economics, Fudan University, China), Noel Whiteside (Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, UK), Yuegen Xiong (Professor, Department of Sociology, Peking University), Helena Blomberg-Kroll (Professor, The Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki), Pauli Kettunen (Professor, Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki), Stein Kuhnle (Professor, Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen), Åsa Lundqvist (Professor, Department of Sociology, Lund University), Paul Marx (Associate professor, Centre for Welfare State Research, University of Southern Denmark) and Klaus Petersen (Professor, Centre for Welfare State Research, University of Southern Denmark).

Each participant is expected to prepare and present a paper. The papers can be of different character such as theoretical and empirical case studies, theory discussions etc. It is a good idea to introduce your study, i.e. present the general topic for your thesis and your paper’s significance for your thesis and also emphasize the general theoretical and methodological questions that you work with. This will make it easier for the commentators and there will be less room for misunderstandings. Paper deadline is 22 May 2015. Your paper should contain no more than 9 000 words. The paper should be in the form of *.doc or *.pdf file and it should be sent to Anniina Vainio,

All papers will be discussed in workshops. The presentation should not take more than 15 minutes. Each student is also expected to be a co-discussant for one of the papers together with a senior scholar.


Pauli Kettunen
University of Helsinki

Helena Blomberg-Kroll
The Swedish School of Social Science

Stein Kuhnle
University of Bergen

Åsa Lundqvist
Lund University

Klaus Petersen
University of Southern Denmark


Course secretary:
Anniina Vainio

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