VIA Society & Social Work

Centre for research & development

VIA Society & Social Work generates knowledge about social and pedagogical initiatives for at-risk groups. We take a preventive approach and promote social justice.

About the centre

  • Research areas

    Our research is organised in five programmes.

    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.

    Lene Mosegaard Søbjerg, head of centre, PhD

    VIA Society & Social Work
    T: + 45 87 55 17 51
    Academic profile

    Per Westersø, associate professor

    Programme coordinator: Occupation and rehabilitation
    T: + 45 87 55 33 42
    Academic profile

    Mette Molbæk, associate professor, PhD

    Programme coordinator: Inclusion
    T: + 45 87 55 32 20
    Academic profile

    Anne Marie Villumsen, senior associate professor, PhD

    Programme coordinator: Children, young people and adults at risk
    T: + 45 87 55 33 08
    Academic profile

    Esben Hulgaard, associate professor

    Programme coordinator: Social entrepreneurship
    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 5 research programmes 

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.

Challenges of spatial segregation

There is a need for research-based knowledge of how ethnic and religious diversity changes how professionals work in different geographical areas in Denmark.

Social entrepreneurship

The programme studies how businesses and organisations combine social- and environmental development with growth and entrepreneurship.

Man sitting on stairs

We study how to work with at-risk groups