My research focusses on parental and gender relationships in political processes relating to family and gender equality, at national and international levels, in historical and contemporary contexts. Masculinity and fatherhood are fields of particular interest.
I am currently supervising doctoral projects on men’s friendships and Swedish masculinity policies. I have also taught and supervised in a number of subjects and fields, at bachelor’s, master’s and PhD levels. In the teacher’s training programme I have taught and coordinated general courses in teaching and learning, as well as courses in the social sciences and humanities. I have also taught and supervised theses in fields including gender studies, child studies and history.
In my doctoral thesis I analysed the political reform whereby Swedish men became the first in the world to gain the right to paid paternity leave for the care of their small children. In articles I have presented how political parties and individual politicians have handled issues relating to paternity leave, the promotion of paternity leave, the debate on quotas for parental leave, etc. In 2006-2007 I was visiting researcher at the University of South Australia, where I took part in a research project that compared policies relating to family and gender equality in Sweden and Australia.