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In the wake of the past decade’s economic crisis, the impact of neo-liberal forms of government, and the flow of immigrants and refugees the classic questions of social change and social dynamics have re-emerged as key issues on the academic, political and institutional agendas in Europe, calling for a revitalisation of the problems of social justice, redistribution, recognition, inclusion and stigmatisation, and of critical engagement and forms of democratic action and participation.


These social and academic challenges form the backdrop of the work of the research group Social Dynamics and Change (SODYC). Our research centres around three key issues:

  1. Research on the social dynamics and conditions of social justice, including studies of the dynamics of inequality, redistribution, polarisation, marginalisation, stigmatisation and risk, combined with investigations of diversity, participation and social cohesion. 
  2. Research on social dynamics and processes of social change in relation to social struggles and dilemmas of power, classification, positioning and identity within different social groups, and alongside investigations of new forms of social innovation, inclusion and activism.
  3. Research on the social dynamics and processes of change and reproduction of social institutions, involving knowledge of how social institutions such as family, childhood and youth, and citizenship are developed and challenged in the interaction with societal institutions such as the state, the social welfare institutions, voluntary organisations, and the labour market.

The issues are in practice intertwined. They are examined at multiple levels, and from different perspectives. The research, furthermore, combines theoretical work and thorough empirical analyses.


SODYC is an interdisciplinary group, with an inclination towards social studies and sociology. Its’ members includes researches from the fields of sociology, social studies, public and social administration, and anthropology. The research group has a strong methodological profile, including a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods and mixed-methods, e.g. ethnographic fieldwork, observations studies, qualitative interviews and different modes of participatory research, in combination with advanced multivariate statistical methods including multi-level analysis, cluster analysis and geometric data analysis. Research methods and methodology is also subject to research by more members.


Research themes and empirical windows

  • Civil society and social cohesion
  • Citizenship and identity
  • Activism and radicalisation
  • Social risk
  • Reorganisation of the welfare state 
  • Frontline organisations and social innovation
  • Youth, childhood and ethnicity
  • Work, family and gender relations
  • Precarious and marginalised social groups
  • Urbanity, cities and territorial governance
  • Labour and the labour market
  • Science, Knowledge and the production of knowledge


Existing and past research competence

The research ofSocial Dynamics and Change builds on established research at the Department of Social Sciences and Business.

Past and present, it has strong ties to the CINEFOGO Network of Excellence; the ESPA-network; the Centre for International Studies in Citizenship, Democratic Participation, and Civil Society (CIPACI); The International Sociology Association, ISA; The European Sociological Association (ESA); FORSA, The Nordic Associations of Research in Social Work; and The Global Dynamics research priority initiative at Roskilde University.

SODYC contributes to the work of the department’s Doctoral School, and the Graduate and postgraduate degrees in Social Studies, Social Intervention Studies and Politics and Administration.

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Publikationer 1992 2020

Civil Society and Social Capital in the European Tradition’: Civil Society & Social Capital Regional

Boje, T. P., 15 mar. 2020, International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. List, R. A., Anheier, H. K. & Toepler, S. (red.). 2 udg. Heidelberg, 35 s.

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiForskningpeer review

Balancen mellem arbejds- og familieliv – fungerer den?

Ejrnæs, A. & Boje, T. P., 2019, Socialvidenskab. Greve, B. (red.). København: Nyt fra Samfundsvidenskaberne, s. 145-173

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiForskningpeer review


Warming, H., Falster, E. S. & Alminde, S., 15 feb. 2019, I : Weekendavisen.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftBidrag til avis - Kommentar/debatFormidling

Projekter 1991 2022

Aktiviteter 1997 2019

‘Ghetto-planning’ in Denmark – Governance of territorial stigmatization and destigmatization

Kristian Nagel Delica (Oplægsholder), Troels Schultz Larsen (Oplægsholder)
27 maj 2019

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentationForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

Nye former for demokratisk deltagelse

Silas Harrebye (Oplægsholder)
21 maj 2019

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentationForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

Why we need Historical Sociological Analyses of the Social Sciences and How it can be Done

Kristoffer Kropp (Oplægsholder)
23 mar. 2019

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentationForedrag og mundtlige bidrag


Hospitalernes opfindere

Catharina Juul Kristensen


1 element af mediedækning


Politisk hykleri

Silas Harrebye


1 element af mediedækning