New Podcast Series from Knowledge on the Nordics

2021.02.04 | Nicola Anne Witcombe

What is the state of the Nordics today? How do researchers investigate Nordic society and concepts? What leads people to research such a range of weird and wonderful subjects, and how is it done in practice?

Join Nicola Witcombe, the editor of, on 12 virtual visits around the Nordic countries and the US in this new podcast series - each time she is joined by researchers in order to find out the answers to these sorts of  questions!

From February to May 2021, researchers from within the humanities and social sciences offer their unique insight into pressing issues in today’s society, including the welfare state, education systems, Nordic literature, political science, the Nordics’ relationship with the EU, migration, and Nordic branding.

The researchers - from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany and the US - give listeners their take on subjects they have studied and researched for years. They also give an overview of upcoming research in their area and how this all plays into the development of Nordic society.

Listen to the first podcast: Iceland: Uncovering the Nordic Welfare State with Stefán Ólafsson

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List of researchers in order (subject to minor changes): has grown out of a hub of specialists within the humanities and social sciences, a university hub which seeks to reimagine the image of Norden in today’s world. Many of the scholars being interviewed in this podcast series are also part of the ReNEW University Hub, coordinated from the Centre for Nordic Studies at Helsinki University.

  • Stefán Ólafsson - University of Iceland
  • Janne Holmén - Uppsala University
  • Elisabeth Staksrud - University of Oslo
  • Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir - University of Iceland
  • Lill-Ann Körber - Aarhus University
  • Cathie Jo Martin - Boston University
  • Caroline de la Porte - Copenhagen Business School
  • Miika Tervonen - University of Helsinki
  • Mary Hilson - Aarhus University
  • Eirinn Larsen - University of Oslo
  • Carl Marklund - Södertörn University
  • Peter Stadius - University of Helsinki