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Marianne S. Ulriksen

Marianne S. Ulriksen

Project Lead

Marianne is Associate Professor at the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies (DaWS), at the Department of Political Science and Public Management. She has a deep knowledge of welfare studies in the Global South and has published extensively on themes such as social protection development, social and redistributive justice, comparative politics, taxation and resource mobilisation, and poverty and inequality. She is affiliated to the Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA), University of Johannesburg, as a Senior Research Fellow. 

 Link to Marianne's research profile



Ane Karoline Bak

Ane Karoline Bak

Project researcher & lecturer

Ane is Assistant Professor at DaWS at the Department of Political Science and Public Management. She holds an MA and PhD in Political Science from Aarhus University and an MA in Africa and International Development from University of Edinburgh. In her thesis, she studies the role of taxation in societal actors’ accountability demands in Senegal. Her research focusses the role of taxation in redistribution, welfare state development and accountable governance. She applies a comparative and qualitative approach with strong attention to grounding observations and analysis in the local relevant social, political and economic contexts.

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Christian Prener

Christian Prener

Project researcher & lecturer 

Christian is Assistant Professor at the Department of Law with focus on constitutional law, public international law, citizenship and fundamental human rights. His PhD dissertation concerns the trend of citizenship revocation among Western states as a national security response to foreign fighters. Christian is a former research fellow at University of California, Los Angeles and prior to his doctoral studies, Christian worked as a documentary filmmaker with particular focus on politics and corruption in Brazil.

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Louise MunkholmLouise Munkholm

Project researcher & lecturer 

Louise is Assistant Professor at DaWS at the Department of Political Science and Public Management and has a background in Public Administration with specialization in EU-studies and Global Studies. In 2017, she received her PhD from Roskilde University based on socio-legal research on labour law enforcement in Chinese firms in Italy. Louise’s research interests include access to justice with focus on the role of public institutions in delivering welfare to citizens. In her work, she combines perspectives from law, political science and sociology to study how regulatory responses can be designed and implemented in ways that meet societal needs.

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Siff Lund Kjærgaard (Maternity leave)

Administrative Coordinator

Siff holds a master in Human Rights from the interdisciplinary collaboration between  University of Oslo and Norwegian Centre of Human Rights. She wrote her specialization upon indigenous Greenlandic women’s access to justice. She has worked at NGO's in the United Kingdom and Denmark, and before joining the Just Society project, she lived in Greenland, where she firstly worked as a student assistant for the Justice Department and later for the Constitutional Committee as a Specialized Secretary in human rights.

Link to Siff's research portal



Julie Holmegaard Milland 

Administrative Coordinator

Julie holds a BA and MA in Political Science from the University of Southern Denmark. In her MA she specialized in international analysis and cooperation and wrote her master thesis about democratic backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe from 2000-2021 focusing on both the structural determinants and national actors that have influenced the region’s political and regime developments.

Julie is covering for Siff Lund Kjærgaard while she is on maternity leave. 



Steering committee


Frederik Waage

Frederik Waage

Professor of Constitutional Law

Department of Law, University of Southern Denmark 

 Link to Frederik's research profile





Klaus Petersen

Klaus Petersen

Professor, Head of Centre

Welfare Studies and Public Policy, University of Southern Denmark

 Link to Klaus' research profile






Hanne Søndergaard Birkmose

Professor, Head of Department

Department of Law, University of Southern Denmark







Signe Pihl-Thingvad

Professor (wsr), Head of Department

Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark

Link to Signe's research profile








Archil Abashidze  

Associate Professor, Head of MPA program 

School of Arts and Sciences, Ilia State University

Link to Achil's research profile




Christian Friis Bach

 Christian Friis Bach

 Adjunct Professor

 Department of Law, University of Southern Denmark






Anika Seemann

Senior Research Fellow

Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, München






Rasmus Schjødt

PhD Fellow

Department of Political Science, Aarhus University

Link to Rasmus' LinkedIn profile






Kristine Kjærsgaard

Associate Professor

Department of History, University of Southern Denmark

Link to Kristine's research profile

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Last Updated 20.01.2022