SEK 35 million for research on health, working life and welfare

Forte – the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare has awarded research grants to six research projects and programmes at LiU. A research programme into using mobile phones to help change lifestyle behaviour has received the largest amount.

hand holding mobile phone Researchers study life style interventions via mobile phones. Blackzheep

Marie Löf, professor in the Department of Medical and Health Sciences (IMH), has been awarded nearly SEK 15 million as a programme grant within a common initiative between Forte and the Swedish Research Council. The two grant-awarding bodies have invested equal parts in this programme within healthcare science: “mHealth – Multiple Lifestyle Behaviours”. At LiU, the research will be conducted in collaboration between Marie Löf’s and Ulrika Müssener’s research groups at IMH. The researchers work with lifestyle interventions using mobile phones in the health and medical care system. Marie Löf works with diet and physical activity. One component of the research is to develop mobile apps that can contribute to good lifestyle behaviour, targeted to pregnant women and the parents of young children. Ulrika Müssener’s group is principally working with SMS-based interventions to promote quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption in young adults and those facing surgery.Marie Löf, professor vid Linköpings universitet.Marie Löf. Photo: Adam Löf 

“We are delighted and grateful that we have been given this opportunity. Both of our research groups have worked with lifestyle interventions by mobile phone for many years, and this means that we will be able to benefit in this programme from everything we have done previously. We will achieve an exciting width to the programme. The interventions can be used within maternal care and children’s healthcare, student healthcare services and some groups of clinical patients”, says Marie Löf.

Anders Neergaard has been awarded nearly SEK 4.9 million for the project “Conflicting identities and fractured solidarities: whiteness and class in three male-dominated trade unions in Sweden”. He is professor in the Department of Social and Welfare Studies, and the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society REMESO.

Solmaz Filiz Karabag, senior lecturer in the Department of Management and Engineering, has been awarded nearly SEK 4 million for the project “Competition, collegiality and scientific values: A study of norm subscription, research practices and ethics infrastructure at Swedish universities”.

Anna Strömberg, professor in the Department of Medical and Health Sciences has been awarded nearly SEK 4 million for research into the effects of teleyoga on physical function, health-related quality of life, mental well-being, biomarkers, sleep and cognition in elderly persons with long-term conditions.

Anna Lundberg, professor in the Department of Social and Welfare Studies, has been awarded SEK 3.8 million for the project “Advanced legal practices in the welfare state. A study of displacements of the right to social assistance for undocumented persons and poor EU citizens in three Swedish municipalities (ARPIS)”.

Thomas Davidson, senior lecturer in the Department of Medical and Health Sciences, has been awarded SEK 3.6 million for the research project: “How to reduce dental health inequality – Cost effectiveness of caries-prevention strategies.”

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