Department of Culture and Learning

Centre for Education policy research (CFU)

LEARNING THE WELFARE STATE (Welfarelearn)

The research team explores how the welfare state creates citizens and populations through education and how education programs and reforms create welfare states.

Disciplinarily situated between education policy studies, history of education, welfare state history and educational sociology, we study educational and social reforms, international and transnational education transfer, migration and migrant education, racialization, racism and antiracism in education, social cohesion and inclusion strategies, crafting of the nation through education, and religion, state and secularization reforms. 

We draw on methods and approaches such as comparative, historical and sociological policy analysis, ethnography, oral history, implementation studies focused on street-level actors, sociology of knowledge, global history, social history, history of mentality and knowledge, historical religion studies and sociology of knowledge.

The team engages particularly with international research environments, for instance particiating in the Vienna-Madison-Chapel Hill-Stanford-Aalborg Doctoral Colloquium for the History and Politics of Education. The colloquium brings together doctoral students, supervisors, chairs and discussants for 3 intense days of presentations, feedback and discussion. 

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

In the past decade, attention on migrant children have seen a resurgance following e.g. the civil war in Syria and as a consequence of globalization debates. Head of CfU, Prof. Mette Buchardt unfolds the historical developments in the Nordic states (with an emphasis on the case of Denmark) in a podcast episode by Nordics Info run by Aarhus University. Nordics Info provides dissemination about the Nordic Region and is an interdisciplinary endeavour with relevant and thorough contributions. Find the podcast by pressing here.

Associate Professor Jin Hui Li was interviewed by the Danish Magistrates' Union, on the gender disparities in stories of labour market entry. An article she co-wrote found young men framed their path to the first jobs different than young women. Read the article based on the interview in full by pressing here.

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.

organizational practices for inclusion of newly arrived migrant pupils (phd project, nanna ramsing enemark)

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)

 

Members

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Mathilda Keynes

University of Technology Sydney

 

 

 

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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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Nicole Gotling

Bildungsgeschicte, University of Vienna

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Sara Fredfeldt Stadager

Danish Jewish Museum