Nordwel (Nordic Centre of Excellence)

Director at the University of Jyväskylä: professor Pirjo Markkola

The Nordic Welfare State – Historical Foundations and Future Challenges (NordWel) is a multi-disciplinary, cross-national research network of eight partner units in Nordic universities. It is coordinated at the University of Helsinki, Department of Political and Economic Studies, Section of Social Science History (Director: professor Pauli Kettunen, Professor of Political History at the University of Helsinki). Organization and groups, see http://blogs.helsinki.fi/nord-wel/

Research projects:

  • NordWel, financed by NordForsk, leader professor Pirjo Markkola
  • History of the communal family welfare clinic in Jyväskylä; funded by Jyväskylä municipality, leader: professor Pirjo Markkola
  • History of the Teacher Training School of Jyväskylä University, leader: professor Jari Ojala
  • The Benefits of Literacy in Everyday Life, Academy of Finland, Postdoctoral researcher, leader: Sofia Kotilainen


  • Markkola, Pirjo
  • Snellman, Hanna
  • Lloyd, Christopher (visiting fellow)

Research fellows:

  • Haikari, Janne
  • Junila, Marianne
  • Kotilainen, Sofia
  • Valtonen, Heli

Doctoral students:

  • Frigren, Pirita
  • Hytönen, Kirsi-Maria
  • Kuha, Miia
  • Malinen, Antti
  • Nevalainen, Pasi
  • Voutilainen, Miikka