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:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Zhang Wenbo (Zhangwb@cass.org.cn). Nordic participants are also asked to inform Stein Kuhnle (email@example.com). 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.