Jørgen Elm Larsen

Jørgen Elm Larsen

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

  • welfare state
  • social policy
  • labour market policy
  • poverty
  • marginalisation
  • social exclusion
  • gender and class
  • housing mobility

Current research

Memberships of research groups

  • Welfare, Inequality and Mobility, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen 
  •  "Consequences of having the lowest social benefits as basis of maintenance". The project was financed by "Rådet for Socialt udsatte/Council for Marginalized People" (2008-2011).  The research group is still active and publish results from the project. The research group consists of rseachers from University of Copenhagen, Aalborg University, Roskilde University and CASA. Jørgen Elm Larsen is research director. The project focus on living conditions and different types of deprivation and how people suffering from poverty and poor living conditions cope with their situation.

Most important academic contributions

My most important academic contributions is within the field of research into poverty, marginalization and social exclusion. Since 1985 I have been researching within this field and this is reflected both in my Danish and English publications, for example in my Phd thesis "Fattigdom i velfærdsstaten" (Poverty in the welfare state), Samfindslitteartur 1989, and in the book "Fattigdom, afsavn og coping" (Poverty, deprivation and coping), Hans Reitzels Forlag, 2015. Within this field of research I have in many of my publications also had a special focus on lone mothers and marginalized men; the relations between gender, class, poverty and social exclusion.

Most important contributions of research outside academia

In 1990, my PhD thesis "Fattigdom i velfærdsstaten" (Poverty in the welfare state) was awarded the Cultural Prize of The Federation of Trade Unions in Denmark (LO). I have often been interviewed by the Medias and according to InfoMedia (a database on appearence in all types of medias) I have during the last 5 years appeared 149 times in all type of medias. During the last 5 years I have also given key note speeeches on especially poverty at conferences held by NGO's, Trade Unions and government appointed councils and expert committees.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Fattigdom, afsavn og coping

    Müller, M. (ed.), Hussain, M. A. (ed.), Larsen, J. E. (ed.), Hansen, H. (ed.), Hansen, F. K. (ed.) & Ejrnæs, M. (ed.), 2015, 1. ed. København: Hans Reitzels Forlag. 345 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    The Danish welfare state: A sociological investigation

    Larsen, J. E., Bengtsson, T. T. & Frederiksen, M., 2015, Palgrave Macmillan. 269 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Social exclusion or poverty individualisation? An empirical test of two recent and competing poverty theories

    Bak, C. K. & Larsen, J. E., 2015, In : European Journal of Social Work. 18, 1, p. 17-35 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Unemployed citizen or 'at risk' client? Classification systems and employment services in Denmark and Australia

    Larsen, J. E., Caswell, D. & Marston, G., 2010, In : Critical Social Policy. 30, 3, p. 384-404 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Gender, class, and family: Men and gender equality in a Danish context

    Christensen, A-D. & Larsen, J. E., 2008, In : Social Politics - International Studies in Gender State and Society. 15, 1, p. 53-78 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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