Health and Welfare

Welfare research

This group deals mainly with understanding the complexity of how people perceive their everyday lives in relation to the opportunities and limitations of citizenship.



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The group's umbrella perspective is Welfare Research. More specifically, it encompasses national, international and transnational, or in other words glocal, welfare studies, where the role of the civil society is of special interest. Moreover, this overall perspective facilitates a deeper approach on group members’ individual research subjects. This is exemplified by studies regarding children and older people as well as persons with disabilities. Countries included, apart from Sweden, are China, India, Japan, South Korea, UK, US and Thailand. In this group, we also have various collaboration agreements with different universities. We aim for a mix of PhD students and senior researchers, for an academic environment which is mutually conducive.

Ongoing research projects

This project aims to develop an understanding of the factors that enable men to actively take a stance against men’s violence against women.

Project manager at MDU: Anna-Lena Almqvist

Main financing: British Academy of the Social Sciences (UK)

The overall aim of this thesis is to deepen the understanding of participation for adults with cognitive disability (> 18 years) in co-ordinated individual planning (CIP) from different perspectives and to analyse in what way professional creates conditions for the individual's participation in CIP.

Project manager at MDU: Liv Nordström

Main financing: FoU i Sörmland, municipalities and Region i Sörmland

The aim is to investigate what barriers to sustainable work practices for young people labelled as having complex needs do young people as well as professionals encounter and what do young people and professionals identify as possible ways to overcome these barriers.

Project manager at MDU: Anna-Lena Almqvist

Main financing: The Social Contract MKHV