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Studying collaboration and networks in the welfare services’ field

PROFRES in cooperation with Nord University/ Faculty of Social Sciences, hosts a PhD course (5 ECTS) on: Studying collaboration and networks in the welfare services’ field: - Concepts, theories, methods and findings.

Bildet viser Nord universitet, campus Bodø Nord universitet, campus Bodø

Bodø March 7th- 8th 2017

Welfare service integration has been a prominent issue in Norway for some time now, including sectors such as health, social services and education. The ongoing “Coordination Reform” and the white paper on “Future Care” underscore how concepts like collaboration, co-management, joint-work, partnership and networks have gained currency in public authorities’ discourse, also in ways encompassing private and volun­ta­ry actors.

Whether it be in Norway or elsewhere, collaboration and networking have become ubiquitous in discussions of welfare reform, especially given potential benefits in service integration and stakeholder synergy, innovative practices and economies of scale. Over the last few years, government has encouraged a range of enhanced collaborative efforts and network schemes in welfare provision, some of which involve various private or voluntary actors.

The course (5 ECTS) will illuminate and discuss local service networks (LSN) as a managerial and practice intervention approach, as well as a research area. Students will also be introduced to applicable research methods to study the phenomenon, and be invited to reflect on this concerning their own PhD projects.

Here you can find Preliminary programme and Course Description

Register for the PhD course here

Registration deadline: 10 February 2017

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Ingo Bode is a German sociologist with substantial expertise in research on welfare systems, including both child protection and eldercare. Among other things, he has studied the evolving partnerships between the state and the non-profit sector internationally.

Professor Oscar Firbank is senior faculty at the School of Social Work, and a research associate with the InterActions research center on service networks, University of Montreal. He is presently involved in an ambitious research program on welfare networks in Canada, and has made important contributions to the study of eldercare.