Department of Culture and Learning

Centre for Education policy research (CFU)

CRAFTING WELFARE CITIZENS (CWC)

The CWC research team  investigates the creation of citizens within the welfare state. This includes a keen interest in comparative welfare state studies, educational and social reforms, international and transnational education transfer, migration and migrant education, social cohesion and inclusion strategies, crafting of the nation state through education, and church and secularization reforms. 

Led by Mette Buchardt and Jin Hui Li, the team draws on the expertise of internal as well as international external members. 

CWC utilizes methods such as comparative, historical and sociological policy analysis, oral history, implementation studies focused on street-level actors, policy history, social history, the history of mentality and knowledge and the sociology of knowledge. 

The three internal members, Li, Buchardt and Enemark, are part of the interdisciplinary project:: "Global Flows of Migrants and their Impact North European Welfare States (FLOW)". Here, their work includes a micro-level policy history of the welfare state schooling of migrant children in Denmark, based on oral history interviews with former migrant children of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Current projects

FLOW - GLOBAL FLOWS OF MIGRANTS AND THEIR IMPACT ON NORTH EUROPEAN WELFARE STATES 

Subproject about street-level policy implementation concerning migrant pupils in the Danish school system 1970s -1990s. An oral policy history project about welfare state education politics on municipal and local school level. Main focus: Pupils’ experiences (Jin Hui Li, Nanna Ramsing Enemark, Mette Buchardt)

EUROCULT - BUILDING THE NATION THROUGH CULTURAL CHRISTIANITY ACROSS EUROPE, 1870S-1930S HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS OF CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES

The project explores how cultural Christian modernist movements influenced the crafting of the modern European states and their education- and social politics and contributed to the crafting of citizens (Mette Buchardt, Sara Fredfelt Stadager et al)

THE CHILD AND CURRICULUM. EXISTENTIAL QUESTIONS AND EDUCATIONAL RESPONSES

A research project concerning the role of so-called “life questions” in the Swedish school curriculum historically and at present and the experimental education projects that made them part of Swedish curriculum policies. Mette Buchardt conduct the historical part 1970s-1990s that focuses on how developmental projects concerning life question impacted Swedish curricular reforms. The project compares the Swedish case with the policy development in Denmark, Norway and Germany.

SCHOOL PROFESSIONALS’ EFFECTS ON THE PROCESS OF EXCLUSION (PhD project, Ida Spangsberg Hansen)

RELIGION AS KNOWLEDGE IN ZANZIBARI EDUCATION HISTORICALLY AND AT PRESENT (Ph.d-project, Julie Skovgaard Sommer von Würden)

INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH NETWORK: REFORMS IN EDUCATION (Financed by the Swedish Research Council)

A network co-directed by Mette Buchardt together with Johannes Westberg of Örebro University, Jane Gingrich of University of Oxford and Magdalen College and Michael Geiss from University of Zürich. From methodologically and theoretically interdisciplinary reflections, the network aims to answer questions such as:

  1. What should be considered an educational reform?
  2. How do reforms work at the local school level and what role can be ascribed to the regional administrative and national policy level? 
  3. How can transnational corporate actors, the transfer of knowledge or policies and networks be examined when investigating reforms in education?

AFTER THE CRISIS. MIGRATION, EDUCATION AND WORK-LIFE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY LIGHT (RESEARCH NETWORK FUNDED BY FORTE - THE SWEDISH RESEARCH COUNCIL FOR HEALTH, WORKING LIFE AND WELFARE)

 

internal members

external members

Sara Fredfeldt Stadager

Danish Jewish Museum

Nicole Gotling

Bildungsgeschicte, University of Vienna

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Julie Skovgaard Sommer von Würden

Centre for Africa studies and Department of Church History, University of Copenhagen

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