• Learning, education and labour market policy
I focus on young people’s experiences linked to learning, education, employment, social services, and the community support offered to young people in these issues. Learning, education, work and self-sufficiency are central to avoid exclusion, and all young people are entitled to a socially sustainable environment. I study how different actors interact in these issues.
• Municipal welfare work and its knowledge development, management, governance and organization
I focus on issues related to social sustainability, which includes both welfare issues and issues relating to the ability of society to provide welfare and solve people’s problems. I study the Swedish social services, and examine, for example, its knowledge base, and how to organize and govern these services. I study the latter issue with particular reference to small and rural municipalities – given their specific conditions – and investigate how they plan and develop their services to cover future needs.
• Collaboration and (crime) prevention
I study prevention, especially crime prevention, and how different organisations, such as the police and the municipalities, collaborate.
Theory and Methods
I often conduct my research in collaboration with various organisations, such as social service organizations. An approach known as ‘practice research’ is very useful in such work. Practice research strives to bridge the gap between academia and practice. The premise of practice research (PR) is that this kind of bridging cannot develop from either practice or research alone, but from both intertwined. In this approach, both parties, academia and practice, utilize their field specific expertise, and develop knowledge in close collaboration to improve public services.
My article "Evidence-based social service in Sweden: a long and winding road from policy to local practice" has been selected as one of the Evidence and Policy new Editors' Choice articles, as featured on the website:
As part of this collection my article is now available to read and download for free until 31 Oct 2019
The article asks "Is evidence-based governance succeeding new public management (NPM) approaches to policy? This empirical study of Swedish social services argues that it is but in partial ways and that, despite this, researchers, professionals, and clients have only limited influence over future knowledge development within social services."