Significant others – informal social networks between policy and everyday life

Significant Others is a NOS-HS founded research network involving University of Copenhagen, Roskilde University Center, Lund University and Oslo University.

About the group

Research in informal social relations is undergoing rapid development with conceptual and methodological advances being made and converging across disciplines. In three workshops, this network will address these challenges and establish a critical mass for Nordic researchers to synthesize the promising insights and enable coordinated collaboration with important international research environments. The network will further develop new methodological strategies integrating insights from both qualitative and quantitative research traditions.


  • Workshop 1: Methodological developments and challenges in researching informal social relations. The workshop was held on April 27th-28th, 2017, at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen. Keynote: Professor Jacqui Gabb, Open University, UK.
  • Workshop 2: Informal connectedness in Nordic welfare states October 23rd – 24th, 2017, Department of Sociology, Lund University. Keynote: Eric Widmer, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Workshop 3:  Rethinking policy, methodology and theories in families and personal life. The workshop will be held April 25th-26th, 2018, Center for Gender Research, University of Oslo. Keynote: Karin Widerberg, University of Oslo, Norway
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