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.
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.