Network: Nordic network for research on privatisation in eldercare

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2012
End date: 31/12/2014
Funding: 600000 SEK


The network aims to bring together Nordic researchers to investigate the origins and impact of the emergence of the for-profit private sector in eldercare that has taken place to various degrees in the Nordic countries. These issues have become the focus of research attention by proposed network participants, who work in a range of disciplines, including social work, social policy, political science, political economy, sociology and economics. The network seeks to draw these researchers together to develop a framework for collaborative study and to support the individual researchers, including mentoring PhD students and other younger scholars. It is anticipated that systematic comparison between the Nordic countries will yield important insights, and this is a critical component of the proposed network's collaborative work. To put the developments in the Nordic countries in international context, prominent Anglo-Saxon researchers, with their much longer experience of for-profit actors in eldercare, will also take part in network activities. Expected outcomes of the network include joint applications for funding collaborative research projects, and a number of publications by individual network members and subgroups, including a co-authored book on privatisation in the Nordic countries.

The activities of the network include two meetings per year where work in progress and project ideas will be discussed. Open seminars will be arranged in connection to some of these meetings. A smaller part of the budget will be used for bringing together subgroups of researchers to facilitate the process of applying for funding. A website with both open and closed pages will be set up. The open pages will present the activities of the network to the general public and serve as an entry point to the research in the field. The closed pages will serve as a newsletter and discussion forum for network members and facilitate contact between network scholars between the meetings.

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