Division of Education and Sociology (APS)

Work life brings both challenges and personal satisfaction to people. At the Division of Education and Sociology we educate tomorrow’s HR consultants and students who will be able to take on future challenges of work life, through their deep knowledge in Pedagogy and Sociology. Research in the division contributes to knowledge about conditions and prerequisites for a sustainable work life, which include areas such as learning, innovation, leadership, gender equality, working conditions and health. 

Research group


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GROWL: Greening of Working Life

To reach Sweden’s political climate goals, working life needs to undergo a transformation. This research program focuses on people, organizations, and policies in the green transformation in industry and forestry.

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Leadership in hybrid work

An increasingly large part of the work in the future will likely take place remotely with the support of digital tools. The project studies the challenges hybrid work creates for leadership concerning employee well-being and work performance.

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Skills that matter for workers in Industry 5.0 – a skills transformation ecosystem approach (SKILL-UP)

What future skills are required for the vision of a fifth industrial revolution, labelled Industry 5.0?



Nina Thorny Stefansdottir, Jeanette Wassar Kirk, Line Vestergaard, Dicte Bjarup Thogersen, Ida Seing, Karsten Vrangbaek, Ove Andersen, Per Nilsen, Tine Tjornhoj-Thomsen, Elin Karlsson (2024) Young adults' perceptions of information on social distancing measures and everyday life during the COVID-19 pandemic in Denmark and Sweden: an interview study International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, Vol. 29, Article 2312860 Continue to DOI
Elin Karlsson, Mattias Hellgren, Jan Sandqvist, Ida Seing, Christian Ståhl (2024) Social Insurance Literacy Among the Sick-listed-A Study of Clients' Comprehension and Self-Rated System Comprehensibility of the Sickness Insurance System Journal of occupational rehabilitation Continue to DOI
Alan Coetzer, Andreas Wallo (2024) Owner-Managers and Environments of Learning in SMEs Reframing HRM in SMEs: Challenges and Dynamics, p. 77-101 Continue to DOI
Helene Degerman, Andreas Wallo (2024) Conceptualising learning from resilient performance: A scoping literature review Applied Ergonomics, Vol. 115, Article 104165 Continue to DOI


Daniel Persson-Thunqvist, Maria Gustavsson, Agneta Halvarsson Lundqvist (2023) The Role of VET in a Green Transition of Industry: A literature review International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, Vol. 10, p. 361-382 Continue to DOI
Jason Martin, Andreas Wallo, Ida Gremyr, Malin Wiger, Ewa Braf, Ulf Melin, Mattias Elg (2023) Närhet på distans: En guide för ledarskap på distans med stöd av digitala arbetssätt
Marcus Persson, Lisa Ferm, David Redmalm, Clara Iversen (2023) Working with Robotic Animals in Dementia Care: The Significance of Caregivers' Competences Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, Vol. 13, p. 49-69 Continue to DOI
Christian Ståhl, Jurgen De Wispelaere, Ellen MacEachen (2023) The work disability trap: manifestations, causes and consequences of a policy paradox Disability and Rehabilitation, Vol. 45, p. 1916-1922 Continue to DOI
Linda Lidman (2023) The Gap Between the Rhetorical Why and the Practical What and How of Public Sector Innovation International Journal of Public Administration Continue to DOI
Maria Gustavsson, Agneta Halvarsson Lundkvist (2023) Stakeholders' learning and transformative action when developing a collaboration platform to provide welfare services Studies in Continuing Education Continue to DOI
Marcus Persson, Christian Ståhl (2023) Sociologisk Forskning ger ut sin 60:e årgång! Sociologisk forskning, Vol. 60, p. 121-123 Continue to DOI
Martina Berglund, Ulrika Harlin, Mattias Elg, Andreas Wallo (2023) Scaling up and scaling down: Improvisational handling of critical work practices during the COVID-19 pandemic Management Learning, Article 135050762211379 Continue to DOI
Christian Ståhl (2023) Samhällskontrakt
Viktor Vesterberg, Magnus Dahlstedt (2023) Rätten till arbete för utsatta EU-medborgare i Sverige De sociala rättigheternas politik, p. 155-170
Thomas Kallemose, Jeanette Wassar Kirk, Elin Karlsson, Ida Seing, Nina Thórný Stefánsdóttir, Karsten Vrangbæk, Ove Andersen, Per Nilsen (2023) Political trust in the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic: a survey in Denmark and Sweden BMC Global and Public Health, Vol. 1 Continue to DOI
Minna Salminen-Karlsson, Anna Fogelberg Eriksson (2023) Men are Always Better? How Swedish Municipalities Justify Pay Differences in Gender Pay Audit Reports NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research Continue to DOI
Andreas Wallo, Jason Martin, Mattias Elg, Ulrika Harlin, Nina Bozic, Katrin Skagert, Anna Williamsson, Ida Gremyr (2023) Mapping the challenges of a socially sustainable, competitive, and green industry in the age of rapid change: A Delphi study
Cathrine Reineholm, Daniel Lundqvist, Andreas Wallo (2023) Managers' development environments: an integrative literature review Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 35, p. 117-133 Continue to DOI
Elena Ahmadi, Daniel Lundqvist, Gunnar Bergström, Gloria Macassa (2023) Managers' and employees' experiences of how managers' wellbeing impacts their leadership behaviours in Swedish small businesses Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, Vol. 75, p. 97-112 Continue to DOI
Per Andersson, Andreas Fejes, Johanna Köpsén, Mattias Nylund (2023) Lärares tolkning och tillämpning av styrdokument i kommunal vuxenutbildning