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.  


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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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Apprenticeship – learning occupational identity in industrial work

How is identity developed? In this project we focus on conditions for learning and identity development within the Industrial Technology program.

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Attracting and retaining healthcare professionals the magnet hospital model

The magnet-hospital model can be described as a management idea to remedy staff shortages where the idea is that a hospital, like a “magnet”, can attract, recruit and then retain staff even in the event of a labor shortage.



Marcus Persson, Clara Iversen, David Redmalm (2024) Making robots matter in dementia care: Conceptualising the triadic interaction between caregiver, resident and robot animal Sociology of Health and Illness Continue to DOI
Marcus Persson, Christian Ståhl (2024) Sociologiska samtal behövs! Sociologisk forskning, Vol. 61, p. 3-5 Continue to DOI
Christian Ståhl (2024) Institutionalizing suspicion: Tracing the decline of the Swedish sickness insurance system in the 2000's International Journal of Sociology Continue to DOI
Andreas Wallo, Jason Martin, Mattias Elg, Ulrika Harlin, Ida Gremyr, Nina Bozic, Katrin Skagert, Anna Williamsson (2024) Charting the path to a sustainable, competitive and green industry in an era of rapid change: proposing a research agenda Cogent Business & Management, Vol. 11 Continue to DOI
Jason Martin, Per-Erik Ellström, Andreas Wallo, Mattias Elg (2024) Bridging the policy-practice gap: a dual challenge of organizational learning Learning Organization Continue to DOI
Cathrine Reineholm, Daniel Lundqvist, Andreas Wallo (2024) Change competence: An integrative literature review Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, p. 1-16 Continue to DOI
Marcus Persson, Elin Thunman, Clara Iversen, David Redmalm (2024) Robotic misinformation in dementia care: Emotions as sense-making resources in residents' encounters with robot animals Frontiers in Sociology, Vol. 9, Article 1354978 Continue to DOI
Anna Fogelberg Eriksson, Agneta Halvarsson Lundkvist (2024) Att främja ett hållbart arbetsliv inom vård och omsorg: Uppföljning av användning av statsbidrag
Daniel Lundqvist, Cathrine Reineholm, Christian Ståhl, Mattias Hellgren (2024) Occupational health and safety management: managers' organizational conditions and effect on employee well-being International Journal of Workplace Health Management Continue to DOI
Andreas Wallo, Daniel Lundqvist, Alan Coetzer (2024) Learning-Oriented Leadership in Organizations: An Integrative Review of Qualitative Studies Human Resource Development Review 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


Christian Ståhl, Marcus Persson (2023) Klimatfrågan är sociologisk Sociologisk forskning, Vol. 60, p. 215-217 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