In the project Improving schools - but how? we study local and regional efforts to improve school results and increase equality in education. The project uses mixed-methods and consists of two parts: efforts to improve results in rural schools, and efforts to improve results in marginalized areas in larger towns and cities.
I also study school-to-work transitions for early school leavers ("dropouts" from upper secondary school), and gender norms and labour market outcomes. In all projects, I am particularly interested in how multiple forms of inequality - primarily relating to gender, migration background, occupational status, and level of education - interact, and how they are reproduced or transformed in different contexts.
My thesis used theories of social capital, closure, embeddedness and social stratification, to investigate the differences in educational outcomes and the subsequent sorting into different tiers of the labor market between young swedes with and without immigrant background. A key interest was the potential of less-functional social networks, and the possibility of unequal returns to social capital depending on ethnicity, race, gender and socio-economic background.
I have also worked on a project for Myndigheten för Kulturanalys (The Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis), wherein we studied representation of people of immigrant descent and gender in Swedish public cultural institutions.