The Welfare Bricolage Project (UPWEB)

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UPWEB - Understanding the practice and developing the concept of welfare bricolage

The Welfare Bricolage project (UPWEB)will reconceptualise welfare theory through responding to the question of how all residents living in superdiverse neighbourhoods put together their healthcare. Increasing population complexity, heterogeneity and pace of change under globalisation has provoked a need to rethink welfare design, alongside issues of engagement, approachability and effectiveness. 

Partner countries 

Our research will be taking place within two neighbourhoods in four European cities:

Birmingham (UK)

Bremen (Germany)

Lisbon (Portugal)
Lumiar and Mouraria

Uppsala (Sweden)

Sävja and Bergsbrunna and Gottsunda




Meet the team


UPWEB staff teamFind out more about our Core Group and wider team members and Co-operation Partners




Latest news

Latest IRiS Working Paper - Dimensions of Diversity

The latest in the IRiS Working Paper series has been published, 'Dimensions of Diversity: Terminology in health resarch'.
Tuesday 22nd March 2016

EU migrants and access to benefits: Where's the controversy?

In light of the Prime Minister's call for an EU Referendum in the UK, Professor Jenny Phillimore examines the idea that high levels of welfare increases the number of new migrants to a country.
Tuesday 1st March 2016

Calais is a humanitarian emergency, not a security one

Read the first account of the ongoing research at the new Calais refugee camp, in The Conversation.
Wednesday 5th August 2015