The Department of Political Science and Public Management is organised into five sections. The researchers are associated with these sections, which cover both traditional research areas within political science and public management, but also more specific research areas that are unique to SDU. Several of the researchers also work in one of four cross-sectional research centres cooperating with other departments at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, and also with both the Faculty of Health Science and the Faculty of Humanities.
The Section for Public Administration
The purpose of the section is to improve management and organisation of the public sector. We do so by providing a high level of research within a number of areas, focusing on public management, organisation, financial budgeting, innovation, HR, psychological work environment, performance management and ethics in the public organisations. For further information about the sections research, please contact Heads of Section Niels Opstrup or Mette Kjærgaard Thomsen or visit the webpage.
The Section for International Politics
We conduct research on the changing characteristics of war and the relationship between war and peace. Together with colleagues from international law and culture studies, the section forms the Center for War Studies, which aim is to enrich ideas and generate cross-sectional research projects i.e. in relation to NATO, the EU, the Arctic, drones and cyber-warfare. For further information about the section’s research, please contact Head of Section Vincent Keating or Heads of Center Chiara de Franco or Trine Flockhart.
The Section for Welfare Studies and Public Policy
Our interest is in welfare states and social policy: How do welfare states emerge? How do they work? What are the effects and consequences of welfare state policies? The section corporate with a number of colleagues from the Faculty of Humanities in the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies. For further information about the sections research, please contact Head of Section Klaus Pedersen.
The Section for Border Region Studies
Our research applies an interdisciplinary approach to European border regions in the past and the present. The section is located on Campus Alsion in Sønderborg and corporates together with colleagues from the Faculty of Humanities in the Centre of Boarder Region Studies. For further information about the section’s research, please contact Head of Section Steen Bo Frandsen.
The Journalism Section
The section’s research is centred around two joined research networks, one is focussed on rhetoric and journalistic usage of language, the other on social, societal and political aspects of journalism. For further information, please contact Head of Section Peter Bro, Research Leader Erik Albæk or visit the webpage Centre for Journalism.