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Research field: Welfare

Welfare policy is faced with new challenges that manifest themselves through increasing social imbalances. New patterns of production, new technology and increased capital mobility have transformed the former labour market relations and social risk profiles. Meanwhile, the economic policy instruments for employment and public services – developed during decades of regulated capital markets and large industrial companies with a solid national presence – have become less functional. Traditional Keynesian demand-stimulating policies are no longer as effective on poverty segments and chronic unemployment, and the social security systems that are built around a norm of long and secure employment do not provide an effective insurance coverage on a more individualised labour market. This market is characterised by more short-term and project-based forms of employment, combined with rising skills requirements. Many who do not live up to these requirements and update their qualifications are increasingly at risk of unemployment. Furthermore, high economic growth is no longer a guarantee against unemployment and low incomes, if lack of employment and income insecurity largely stem from an imbalance between labour force skills and corporate demand. 

The department’s welfare policy research aims for a holistic approach where emphasis is placed on the interaction between individuals of different ages and from different socioeconomic backgrounds and established welfare institutions. The opportunities available to young people and the transition from school to working life is a key area of interest. Everything from the problems associated with increasing ill health to deficiencies in the vocational training system are addressed in various projects.

Ongoing research projects

Knowledge use in social work: A multi-method study of judgements and rationales in child protection

Strengthening the role for the Public Social Services in local risk- and vulnerability analysis

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