ReNEW (Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World)

ReNEW (Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World) is a new Nordic University hub, which aims at developing path-breaking research on the Nordic region within a challenging global context. Promoting mobility, exchange, high-level conferences and education, it brings together six Nordic universities in one strategic hub, with worldwide connections. It involves key disciplines and diverse strands of scholarship, uniting existing research initiatives within the social sciences and humanities that engage with Norden. ReNEW also facilitates cooperation and partnership between researchers an d decision makers from  the public, private and third sector. The research hub is funded by NordForsk.

ReNEW is motivated by growing international interest in the Nordic countries on the one hand, and by the multiple local and global challenges facing the region on the other. The aim is to stimulate a rethinking and renewal of our understandings of what the Nordic region is and how it could be studied and understood, as well as bringing new ideas and organizing frames into the international network related to Nordic and Scandinavian studies. An overriding idea of ReNEW is the mutual exchange of ideas between the global and the Nordic. The ambition is to reinvent and consolidate research related to the Nordic region, allowing related programmes, networks and institutions around the world to benefit from our joint competence and activities.


  • University of Helsinki
  • University of Oslo
  • University of Aarhus
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • Södertörn University
  • University of Iceland

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