University of Helsinki receives 4 million euros for Nordic research

By on 03.01.2018 in Funding


The university consortia ReNew ‘Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World’ has been granted about 4,3 million euros by Nordforsk. The research hub ReNEW, consisting of six universities, is lead by the Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS) at the University of Helsinki, a network for multidisciplinary research on the Nordic Region.

Professor Peter Stadius at the University of Helsinki is expecting a growing global demand for information on the Nordic model:

“The Nordic countries are always among the best in international comparisons, but we haven’t yet confronted the implications and the value in this. There should be research done in this field”.

ReNEW focuses on establishing and enhancing cooperation to develop new and path-breaking excellence in research about the Nordic region.

“We need experts that can meet the increasing demand on information concerning the special features of the Nordic model of society. In a critical manner, we need to create new and valuable information on ‘the Nordics’” says Stadius.

The Nordic region has attracted renewed global interest during the last decade. Recognized for the competitiveness and innovation, combined with a high level of equality and well-being, the Nordic model is proclaimed e.g. by the Economist as ‘The Next Supermodel’. Topping many global indexes in terms of happiness, competitiveness and equality, the Nordic states have featured as models in many debates over e.g. gender policy and social investment in the EU and beyond.

ReNEW aims to be the leading center of research and teaching excellence globally within themes such as Nordic co-operation, gender and equality, public policy, welfare and labor markets, Nordic democracy and governance, branding and Nordic reputation, multiculturalism and integration/diversity and globalization.

The research hub ReNew is a collaboration between University of Helsinki, University of Oslo, Aarhus University, Copenhagen Business School, Södertörn University and University of Iceland.

All in all, the NordForsk Board selected six university consortia for funding based on the recommendation of a Nordic expert group:

  • Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World (ReNEW): An Excellence Hub in Research, Education and Public Outreach
    Participating institutions: University of Helsinki, University of Oslo, Aarhus University, Copenhagen Business School, Södertörn University and University of Iceland
  • Nordic POP
    Participating institutions: University of Copenhagen, University of Iceland, Chalmers University of Technology, University of Helsinki, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Åbo Akademi University, University of Oslo, Uppsala University, University of Southern Denmark and University of Eastern Finland
  • NordPlant – A Climate and Plant Phenomics Hub for Sustainable Agriculture and Forest Production in Future Nordic Climate
    Participating institutions: University of Copenhagen, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Lund University and UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • Nordic Consortium for CO2 Conversion (NCCO2)
    Participating institutions: University of Helsinki, Stockholm University, Aarhus University, University of Iceland, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, University of Oslo, University of Bergen, Uppsala University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • HI2OT: Nordic University Hub on Industrial Internet of Things
    Participating institutions: Technical University of Denmark, Lund University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Aalto University
  • Nordic Sound and Music Computing Network
    Participating institutions: University of Oslo, Aalborg University, University of Iceland, Aalto University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Funding from NordForsk will comprise one-third of the financing for each consortium. The participating institutions themselves must contribute the remaining two-thirds.

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About the Author: Charlotta Järf is in charge of the communications and marketing activities for JustEd, The Nordic Centre of Excellence, an international research network with 14 partner universities in 8 countries. With ten years of professional experience in Communications and Marketing, and five years as a TV, radio and newspaper journalist, Charlotta has a practical set of skills in strategical communications, PR, social media, graphic design, video and content production. .


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