Spaces of Welfare

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Reforms of social welfare provisions since the 1970s entail simultaneously a dismantling, diminishing and dissolution of various types of welfare spaces and a development, expansion and concentration of others. The social, political, economic and cultural consequences of this restructuring of social welfare provisions have been subject to substantial research and public debate. However, other than limited investigations in urban geography and a field of research dealing with the relations between architecture (mainly housing) and welfare at large, the spatial aspects and implications of these restructuring processes have received limited scholarly attention.

The purpose of this interdisciplinary conference is to discuss the spatial dynamics and implications of the transformations of social welfare provisions since the 1970s through the perspectives of anthropology and architecture/urbanism. This is intended to contribute to an understanding of social welfare provisions hitherto described largely from the perspectives of sociology, political science, economy and law, where debate has tended to gravitate predominantly toward abstract or economic terms. The agencies and perceived qualities of social welfare provisions are closely related to their spatial conditions: the organisation, function and representation of architectural and urban entities and the experience and negotiation of these spaces. When social welfare provisions are spatially consolidated, suddenly restructured in new ways or decentralized, these changes in architectural/urban disposition fundamentally impact routines of daily life.
Period6 May 20217 May 2021
Event typeConference
LocationKøbenhavn, Denmark
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Welfare
  • Space