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Health and Welfare


Sociology

Sociology is a Social science subject at the School of Health, Care and Social Welfare (HVV) and focuses on how society, its structures, rules, norms, roles and processes, affects people as social beings and involves the understanding of global relations, societal changes, people's living conditions, identities and meetings. The Division of Sociology comprises around 16 employees. All are recent doctoral graduates, six are Associate Professors (Docents) and they all work as Senior Lecturers and are active researchers. We provide instruction at first-cycle and second-cycle levels and are responsible for the Behavioural Science programme jointly with the Division for Psychology and participate in doctoral education in Health and Welfare, primarily in the Work Life Studies specialisation, one of the School's third-cycle subject areas.

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Areas of focus

  • Identity and culture
  • Sustainable working life
  • Equal opportunities and gender
  • Well-being and unhealth

Publications

Bahner, J., Gäddman Johansson, R. & Svanelöv, E. Who Counts as a Sexual Subject? The Impact of Ableist Rhetoric for People with Intellectual Disability in Sweden. Sex Res Soc Policy (2023). External link.

von Essen, E., & Redmalm, D. (2023). License to Cull : A Research Agenda for Investigating the Necropolitics of Countryside Culling and Urban Pest Control. Society and Animals, 26(3), 1–16. External link.

von Essen, E., & Redmalm, D. (2023). Social licence to cull : Examining scepticism toward lethal wildlife removal in cities. People and Nature. Published. External link.

Ferlander, S., & Karlberg, E. (2023). Social hållbarhet i Flemingsbergs fysiska miljö: Sammanställning och analys av medborgardialoger i Flemingsberg, 2010–2022. Retrieved from Södertörns högskola website. External link.

Gäddman Johansson, R. (2023). What do we do? What can we do? : Preliminary findings from a research project on digitally facilitating meaningful activities for adults with ID during the pandemic. 16th Nordic Network on Disability Research Conference, Reykjavik, May 10-12, 2023. Presented at the 16th Nordic Network on Disability Research Conference, Reykjavik, May 10-12, 2023. External link.

Halling Ullberg, O., Toivanen, S., Tillander, A., & Bälter, K. (2023). Workplace health promotion to facilitate physical activity among office workers in Sweden. Frontiers In Public Health, 11. Published. External link.

Johansson, C. (2023). The quest for cultural sensitivity : how cultural sensitivity can be practised while mitigating othering in Swedish eldercare (PhD dissertation, Mälardalens universitet). External link.

Qaderi, J., & Lindblom, J. (2023). Media portrayals of psychotropic agents in AD/HD treatment : A social constructionist approach. Health. Epub ahead of print. External link.

Lindblom, J. (2023). Psykiatrins kris : Ett sociologiskt perspektiv (1st ed.). External link.

Schuurman, Dirke, Redmalm & Holmberg (2023): Interspecies care, knowledge and ownership: children’s equestrian cultures in Sweden and Finland External link.

Ongoing research projects

The aim of this project is to examine inequalities in the city from an intersectional perspective, by focusing on young women living in marginalised suburban areas.


Project manager at MDU: Sara Ferlander

Main financing: Vetenskapsrådet

The aim of SOFCO is to develop a concept for the office of the future that promotes a healthy working life and lifestyle as well as contributes to sustainable development.


Project manager at MDU: Katarina Bälter

Main financing: The Knowledge Foundation, Synergi

The primary purpose of the project is to study the digital inclusion of individuals with ID. This project focuses on the digitalization triggered by the lockdown of daily activity centres for adults with ID in April 2020 due to Covid-19, and its future development.


Project manager at MDU: Richard Gäddman Johansson

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 project addresses the link between the RUT subsidy and immigrants’ labour market entries, as well as the ensuing mobility in terms of wages, earnings, and mobility between industries.


Project manager at MDU: Karin Halldén

Main financing: Vetenskapsrådet

From a gender perspective, the aim is to develop new knowledge about suicidal behavior among women and men in different occupations in the labor market in Sweden, to investigate risk and protective factors in the work environment for suicidal behavior, and to increase knowledge about preventive measures against suicidal behavior in the workplace.


Project manager at MDU: Susanna Toivanen

Main financing: Afa Försäkring