Work and working life research group

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Work and working life are large parts in everyday life for most people. Our research focuses on various conditions that contribute to sustainable workplaces and a sustainable working life. The research advances different topics related to working conditions, learning, competence and skills development, innovation, leadership, gender, gender equality and health. The labour market and labour market policies are also focused. 

Learning and competence development in working life can be achieved in various ways. To find out how it is achieved, we focus on what is learned, in the form of knowledge, competencies or skills, and on how this is done. How can workplace learning be organized and how can it be lead, and what are the relationships between formal and informal learning and between individual and organizational learning? Other foci are managerial work, leadership and health. We also study the significance of gender and gender equality in designing good working conditions for everyone.

Our research also includes studies on change- and development processes and innovations in organizations. We tackle issues connected to development strategies and different work forms in organizations such as networks and partnerships, which are developed to bring about innovation and institutional change. The change- and development processes are studied in an interactive research approach, in which we take part in a joint learning with people in the studied workplaces and organizations.

The relationship between work environment and health, and welfare is also on our research agenda. We study the work environment’s impact on peoples’ health, the influence of norms, and power in the relations between institutions, organizations or professional actors on one-side and clients, patients or caretakers on the other. In addition, we study people on long-term sick leave and their interaction and communication with different facilitators and rehabilitators.   

Our research into the labour market and labour market policies includes, for example, norms, social exclusion, and labour market measures. It also includes vocational education and training and students’ learning and transition between school and work.  




Matti E. Leijon, Albin Algotson, Susanne Bernhardsson, David Ekholm, Lydia Ersberg, Malin J-son Höök, Carolina Klüft, Ulrika Müssener, Elisabeth Skoog Garås, Per Nilsen (2024) Generation Pep - study protocol for an intersectoral community-wide physical activity and healthy eating habits initiative for children and young people in Sweden Frontiers in Public Health, Vol. 12 Continue to DOI
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