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