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How to reflect and include understandings of global changes in social research.


13-15th March 2017


AAU, A.C.Meyers Vaenge 15, 2450 Copenhagen


3 without paper, additional 2 with paper. Papers can be written in English or in Scandinavian languages.


How to reflect and include understandings of global changes in social research? 

It is crucial for academic researchers in social and humanistic research to understand the impact of global changes onto their research area. But how is this done in practical real life research processes?

This Ph.D. course aims at identifying and discussing current understandings of global changes and phenomena such as globalization, neo-liberal governance, commodification, individualization etc.

The course will take up discussions and explorations into how one can include understandings of global changes in social research? The lecturers will address following questions: 1) what are currently the major societal changes which researchers within humanistic and social science need to know about and build into their research? 2) How is this done – what methods have they used for this purpose and why? 3) What follows from the conclusion – how is social research communicated and how does it impact on society?

Preliminary program

13th march:

9.00 -9.15: Welcome and introduction

9.15 – 10.30 Lecture: Robert MacDonald: Researching the increasing insecurity and precarity – policy, political challenges and how influence by research.   

11.00 – 12.30 Lecture: Noemi Katznelson: Youth, social exclusion and neo-liberal governance.  

13.30 – 16.00 Paper presentations and feedback

14th march:

9.00 – 10.30: Lecture: Sune Qvotrup Jensen: Understanding identity, individualization and the commodification of the personal.  

11.00- 12.30: Panel discussion:  Robert MacDonald, Noemi Katznelson & Sune Qvotrup Jensen

13.30 – 16.00 Paper presentations and feedback

15th march:

9.00-10.00: Robert MacDonald on writing for international journals

10.15 – 12.00: Workshop: Groups working on how to implement learnings from the course into future writing processes



Beck, U. (2007). Beyond class and nation: reframing social inequalities in a globalizing world. The British journal of sociology, 58(4), 679-705.

Jensen & Prieur (2016) The commodification of the personal: labour market demands in the era of neoliberal postindustrialization Distinktion, Vol. 17, Nr. 1, 23.03.2016, s. 94-108.

Katznelson, N. (2016). Rethinking motivational challenges amongst young adults on the margin. Journal of Youth Studies, 1-18.

MacDonald, R. (2008). Disconnected Youth? Social Exclusion, the ‘Underclass’ & Economic Marginality, Social Work & Society, Volume 6, Issue 2.

MacDonald, R. & Marsh, J. (2005). Disconnected Youth? Growing up in Britain’s poor neighbourhoods, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Standing, G. (2011). The precariat: The new dangerous class. London: A&C Black.

Woodman, D. (2010). Class, individualisation and tracing processes of inequality in a changing world: a reply to Steven Roberts. Journal of youth studies, 13 (6), 737-746.

Wyn, J. & White, R. (2015). Complex Worlds, Complex Identities: Complexity in Youth Studies in Woodman, D & Bennett,. Youth Cultures, Transitions, and Generation. Bridging the Gap in Youth Research. London: Palgrave MacMillan: 28-41.


Students are encouraged to submit one of the following:

A synopsis (3 pages) of a paper for a journal
A summary of their PhD project (3 pages) including a presentation of ideas of applying theories of current global changes in their research

Please  submit  by 3rd March 2017 to Anne Gørlich ag@learning.aau.dk

There will be presentations from the students. One opponent among Ph.D students and one lecturer


The academic content: Anne Gørlich ag@learning.aau.dk

All administrative procedures: Jeanette Arboe jma@learning.aau.dk


Deadline 27th February 2017