Sino-Nordic Welfare Research Network



The Sino-Nordic Welfare Research Network (SNoW) was established in 2010, and has been funded by NordForsk and the Nordic Council of Ministers during 2011-2015. The University of Bergen provided basic funding in 2016. The Nordic Centre at Fudan University and the Norwegian General Consulate in Shanghai have contributed to funding of PhD courses and/or workshops/conferences. There is no basic funding as of 2017, but activities will take place on the basis of ad-hoc funding from various sources. As of 2017, the quarterly newsletter will not anymore be published on a regular basis. The SNoW project is directed by Professor Stein Kuhnle, Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen.

Forthcoming activities 2018: A joint workshop with Sino-Nordic Welfare Laboratory, Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, will be organized on 27-28 August 2018 in Beijing, on the topic of "Comparative welfare regimes: Governance Innovation and Social Service Provision".  See Call for papers:

SNoW 2018

Call for papers

Sino-Nordic Workshop on
 Comparative Welfare Regimes:
 Governance Innovation and Social Service Provision

Beijing, 27-28 August 2018


Venue: Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), 10th floor, CASS office building, 5 Jianguomennei Street, Beijing

Organizers: Sino-Nordic Welfare Laboratory, Institute of Sociology, CASS, and Sino-Nordic Welfare Research Network (SNoW), Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen (http://www.uib.no/en/snow)

Registration deadline: by 15 June 2018, with an abstract of paper/presentation (100-200 words), to Fang Lijie (fanglj@cass.org.cn) and Zhang Wenbo (Zhangwb@cass.org.cn). Nordic participants are also asked to inform Stein Kuhnle (stein.kuhnle@uib.no). There is no registration fee.

Travel support: Participants must cover their own travel expenses. The organizers can cover three nights’ accommodation for up to 10 participants from the Nordic countries.

Topics: The workshop is convened to present and promote comparative research on welfare reforms. Papers are invited on government policy responses to major challenges of demographic change and globalization, with a focus on social service provision, e.g. elderly care, child care (family policy), and health care. Papers can be comparative within or across countries, but must include China and/or one or several Nordic countries. Theoretically-oriented papers on the comparative study of welfare regimes and social policy concepts are also welcome.



The Nordic Centre at Fudan University in Shanghai serves as the administrative hub of SNoW in China.

Most activities in China are organized with the assistance of the Nordic Centre, and takes place in its building.