Health and Welfare

Normcritical perspectives in the research into social vulnerability

The group conducts research into different forms of social vulnerability, for example financial vulnerability, violence and extremism.




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The group has normcritical perspectives as an analytical point of departure, and in focus are questions of how different forms of vulnerability, inequality and skewed resource allocation are reproduced and how preventive measures work. The research conducted has different focuses, for example:

  • studies of society’s action and support to victims of violence
  • the social services’ preventive measures against violence for people with disabilities
  • society’s organisation and efforts for newly-arrived young people
  • ethnicity and gender in dealing with honour-related violence
  • gender, masculinity and health in forensic psychiatric care
  • gender, age and ethnicity in society’s action and support to heavy debtors.

Ongoing research projects

The aim is to explore the (inter)cultural understanding of school nurses and school social workers and the impact this may have on their interaction with students.

Project manager at MDU: Jonas Stier

Main financing: MDU

From a gender perspective, the purpose of this project is to develop new knowledge about the extent of harmful alcohol use among women and men in the labor market in Sweden, to investigate risk factors and protective factors in the work environment for harmful alcohol use and to increase knowledge about preventive efforts against harmful alcohol use in working life.

Project manager at MDU: Susanna Toivanen

Main financing: Afa Försäkring

The overall purpose of this project is to explore newly graduated registered nurses' (NGRNs’) experiences of encountering work-related stress and of caring for patients in the emergency department (ED) during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Project manager at MDU: Petra Heideken Wågert

Main financing: Akademin för hälsa vård och välfärd MDU

Before suicide and suicide attempts, most people come in contact with the healthcare system and they show great ambivalence, meaning that there are numerous occasions for people whom come in contact with the patient to interfere and prevent suicide. Ambulance care traditionally have a distinct medical perspective on the patient with focus on severe somatic disease and previous research have shown that mental illness can be considered as secondary and even obstructing from what is considered as legit assignments.

Main financing: Centrum för klinisk forskning Region Sörmland