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Department of Political Science

CCWS

CCWS - CentrE for Comparative Welfare Studies

Established in 1995, the Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies (CCWS) is a multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to comparative social policy and welfare research. CCWS is located at the Department for Political Science but has since its establishment had participants from other departments within and outside Aalborg University. The Centre is committed to theoretical and empirical research that applies a cross-national comparative perspective. The Centre has a special focus on the challenges and changes within the Danish and Nordic welfare states. CCWS has a multidisciplinary approach but has a general focus on the interplay between large social developments, such as economic globalization, migration and ageing, and the institutional structures of the Nordic welfare states, such as benefit/services schemes, labour market regulations and family structures. CCWS is working to attain and maintain the position as a leading centre of knowledge in the field of comparative welfare research both nationally and internationally. Via active involvement in national and international debates, we aim to share our research and expertise regarding welfare policies with policy-makers and the public. Internationally CCWS is involved in leading academic networks and conduct research with partners around the world. You can follow our national contributions on www.facebook.com/ccwsdenmark (see also media clip). CCWS has a broad profile but currently has a number of cutting edge research projects within the following areas:

  • The institutional and political dynamics of changing welfare states

  • Normative foundations of the welfare state

  • Welfares systems, family and social stratification

  • Welfare systems and senior citizens

  • Welfare systems, citizenship and ethnic diversity

  • Welfare systems and regional dynamics and disparities

  • Welfare systems in China and East Asia

Read more about CCWS and the seven research areas in our selfevaluation report (Ready in Spring 2019).

Current head of research is Professor Christian Albrekt Larsen.