Nordic Challenges Conference

3rd Annual Nordic Challenges Conference: Global challenges and Nordic responses

Copenhagen Business School, 6–8 March 2019

The ReNEW conference 2019 on ‘Nordic challenges’ focuses on how democratic institutions and practices as well as culture and values are changing in response to the multiple global challenges faced by Nordic countries. Nordics have seen themselves as key players at the international and European level, often setting the agenda in a wide variety of issues, such as peace, welfare, socially-viable competitiveness, climate change and human rights. But global challenges such as migration and inequalities have intensified recently. As a consequence, the master narrative of globalization as a positive development for the Nordics as small, open economies, has been challenged by nationalist and protectionist agendas.  Brexit and the election of Trump are the most significant examples of anti-globalization political reactions.  The Nordic countries have, likewise, seen a shift from liberalism and openness, to a more nationalist and closed approach. International and European cooperation is being looked upon critically, and policies across various policy areas are more inward looking than previously. The intensification of global challenges has political and cultural repercussions, which will be discussed in the two semi-plenaries of this conference.  The conference features six panels with the following themes: 

  1. Nordic cooperation and region-building;
  2. Democracy, governance and law;
  3. Public policy, gender equality and labour markets;
  4. Imagining Norden - branding and Nordic reputation;
  5. Multiculturalism and globalization;
  6. Nordic culture, education and media.

We are pleased to announce that Professor Cathie Jo Martin, Boston University, will deliver the key-note speech on ‘“The Past, Present and Future of the Danish Social Investment Society from a Comparative Perspective”

Check the the​​ 3rd Nordic Challenges Conference webpage for more information and registration! 

Registration deadline 1 February 2019.

Note that the 2019 conference introduces the ReNEW ‘early career paper prize’. To be eligible, candidates have to be Ph.d students or have completed Ph.d within the last five years, and have to present written work at any ReNEW event between the 2018 and 2019 annual conferences (including the 2019 conference). The winner will be announced at the annual ReNEW conference. Submissions to the prize must be sent to Kira Storgaard Hansen ( by 15 February, indicating that you are submitting a paper for consideration as a prize. An assessment committee will jointly assess the papers.

If you have any queries or suggestions, please get in touch with us.

On behalf of the CBS ReNEW organizing committee,

Mads Mordhorst
Copenhagen Business School (CBS),

Caroline de la Porte
Copenhagen Business School (CBS),

Kira Storgaard Hansen
Copenhagen Business School (CBS)