Klaus Petersen

Klaus Petersen
Chair of Humanities
Department of History and Department of Political Science

klaus.petersen@sdu.dk

Ph.D. Klaus Petersen is professor of welfare history at the Department of History and Department of Political Science at SDU. Since 2008, he has been the director of the cross-disciplinary Danish Centre for Welfare Studies (DaWS). He also is docent in political history at Helsinki University and part-time professor (2018-2020) at University of Oslo.

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Professor Klaus Petersen is chairperson of the Danish Historical Association (since 2017), co-founder of Sino-Nordic Network on Welfare, and co-founder of the Nordwel Summer Schools Inter-disciplinary Welfare Studies. He is past editor in chief of Scandinavian Journal of History, and 2007-2014 he was co-director of the Nordic Centre of Excellence Nordwel.

His main research interest is the development of the welfare state, which he has studied from a number of perspectives such as the development of specific policies, the politics of the welfare state, welfare concepts and semantics, war and welfare development. Trained as historian – he holds a PhD in history from University of Copenhagen (2001) – he has increasingly worked inter-disciplinary combining insights and methods from history, social science and literature studies. Beyond strict academic publications, he is also co-author of best-selling books on Danish Design furniture.

For more information about Professor Klaus Pertersen, please refer to the SDU Research Portal.