Society and social work

About the research

  • Research areas

    Our research is organised in practice-related projects.

    We carry out practice-related projects that examine and develop the socio-pedagogical and socio-professional offers to children, youth and adults. Our research is organised in five research programmes described below.

    We promote social justice and aim to generate knowledge about how we create and further develop well-functioning initiatives for at-risk groups in Denmark, while working with a preventive approach in relation to being at risk.

    Knowledge about socio-pedagogical and socio-professional work is created in close cooperation with educational programmes and practice, and the results are shared with students, practitioners and researchers in Denmark and internationally.

  • Researchers

    Contact our researchers.

    Per Westersø, associate professor

    T: + 45 87 55 33 42
    Academic profile

    Mette Molbæk, associate professor, PhD

    T: + 45 87 55 32 20
    Academic profile

    Anne Marie Villumsen, senior associate professor, PhD

    T: + 45 87 55 33 08
    Academic profile

    Esben Hulgaard, associate professor

    T: + 45 87 55 36 61
    Academic profile

  • Partners

    A selection of our international partner institutions.

    Educational partners

    • Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland
    • University of Bucharest, Romania
    • University of Valencia, Spain
    • Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands.

Learn more about our research

Occupation and rehabilitation

The Danish labour market model – flexicurity – is seen as a way to achieve productivity, mobility and flexibility. We study the methods and effects of employment-related social work.


Inclusion of special needs children in Danish elementary schools is a much-debated topic. Our research adopts a broad definition of inclusion - including to the labour market.

Children, young people and adults at risk

There is an increased focus on helping at-risk groups - but only limited knowledge about which efforts work. Our research helps develop new understandings and methods.