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




Read our latest Blogs

Working alone but together: Qualitative data analysis using MAXQDA

By Sonja Klingberg and Sarah Hamed

Superdiversity, health needs and an over-burdened A&E

By Florence Samkange Zeeb and Silja Samerski

Anti-social crimes in Gottsunda: A vicious circle?

By Sarah Hamed

Integration and the European Migration 'Crisis'

By Jenny Phillimore

Scarred for life

By Hannah Bradby

Diversity is here and everywhere!

By Sarah Hamad

MAGic Brighton

By Martin Gruber






Latest news

The UPWEB project Birmingham case study film

New films outline some of the findings from the UPWEB project Birmingham case study.
Monday 23rd October 2017

Access to healthcare in Edgbaston and Handsworth

The University of Birmingham are delighted to present this event, part of the Economic and Social Research Council Festival of Social Science 2017.
Thursday 12th October 2017

New Working Papers available

Tuesday 15th August 2017