Research – University of Copenhagen


The Centre for State and Life-mode Analysis is currently involved in a three year research program funded by the VELUX-foundation, but is also hosting a number of other research initiatives, publications, PhDs and master thesis work.

Collaborated projects:

"Neoculturation of life-modes during the current transformation of state system and world economy - the challenges, variations and changes in cultural life-modes” This research project takes its point of departure in the life-mode concepts that were identified thirty years ago and which can provide the basis for the examination of the empirical transformation that has taken place since then. On the basis of new empirical field studies the research will examine and question new life-modes that in turn require a further theoretical examination and elaboration. Finally, the diverse design of the four subprojects will enable a theoretical understanding of the particular relations and structural features, which in conjunction create (and recreate) a new totality of contrasting life-modes in state and society. Continue reading here.

Individual projects:

Dr. Salvador Cayuela Sánchez: The everyday life of the small-scale farmers in the Region of Murcia, in the Southeast Spain. For this study, he is using the life-mode analysis, focusing on the “self-employed life-mode”. The research is concerned with some central questions on the survival of the self-employed farmers in the current neoliberal market and their co-existence against – or with – the big food companies.

Gry Søbye: Lifemodes and sovereignty in the context of Self Government in Greenland. Taking the organizational changes in the fisheries as a prism of the more general changes in the Greenlandic society, the project examines, how the conditions of existence of different life-modes in Greenland.

Jeppe Høst: A New Generation of Self-employed. The increasing use of information technology, information, communication and science in the production and public administration creates new niches for smaller enterprises that can earn a living from delivering knowledge-based services and high quality food products. Studying these processes I focus on self-employed knowledge-based entrepreneurs and new high quality food producers.

Rasmus Blædel: Danish Agriculture - a rural perspectiveDenmark is in many ways still an agricultural nationstate, with around 60% of the territory used by farmers and 20% of the export based on agricultural products. What will it take to create conditions in which economically as well as socially and environmentally sustainable modes of productions can be established?