The Danish Centre for Welfare Studies (DaWS) was established in 2005 in cooperation between the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences at the University of Southern Denmark. The aim of DaWS is to enhance and coordinate welfare state research at the University of Southern Denmark.
DaWS is truly interdisciplinary and includes political scientists, economists, historians, literary researchers and sociologists.
The research areas of DaWS include the normative foundation of the welfare state and its development in a comparative and historical perspective, responses of the welfare state to external challenges and the impact of welfare state on individuals.
DaWS is active academically in several international projects and networks, and also contributes to public and political debate domestically.