Our research

Books in the librarySödertörn University has professional, creative research environments that range over many disciplines and fields.

Our research has a contemporary focus united with an active and critical approach to the past. Many of the research groups and research projects strive to achieve a high level of contemporary and social relevance. The university's research generally has an international focus, even in subjects that traditionally examine their own national cultures and history. A key word is multidisciplinarity.

Publications

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Publications

Sustainability 2019, 11 (3): -.

The phenomenon of crowdfunding has been widely studied, while the sustainability of crowdfunded ventures is attracting growing interest from academia and society. In light of this interest, we conducted bibliometric analysis to study the relationship between crowdfunding and crowdfunded ventures’ sustainability orientation. We analyzed the number of publications, type of publications, and most productive countries, journals, and authors. We also analyzed the most cited articles and examined their approach to sustainability and crowdfunding. The results suggested that a sustainability orientation could bring about change in the current financial and environmental system.

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Carla Martínez-Climent

Pejvak Oghazi

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

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2019

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Business Administration

Research area for doctoral studies

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Baltic Worlds 2019, XII (1): 50-51.

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Anne Hedén

Thomas Lundén

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2019

School/Centre

CBEES

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In: . : .

This paper aims at presenting some aspects of the approach to natural environment in Sweden and Denmark in the second half of the twentieth century. It does so by analysing the hopes and fears generated by several societal actors when imagining the building of an engineering megastructure: the Oresund bridge, a project aimed at uniting the shores of the two states on the Oresund Straight. The bridge was built in the year 2000, but it has been imagined and planned since the nineteenth century by those who hoped to shorten the distance between Sweden and the continent and to produce major freedom of mobility of persons and goods across the Sound. Until the late 1960s, domesticating and exploiting the natural environment in order to favour the societal exigencies was still considered unproblematic. Only since the late 1960s the paradigm of engineering shifted from an anthropocentric perspective to a more sceptic view over the overexploitation of nature. Engineering the Oresund with tons of concrete and metal structures in order to favour car traffic was no more considered as a human victory upon the tyranny of nature, but as an irresponsible act. Concerns over the project were raised by scientists of the most diverse disciplines and by the local communities, which started the first “green wave” in the early seventies, soon followed by the bourgeois parties. The environmental concerns grew since the 1980s into a more general critique of liberalism, of capitalism and of the European Community, making of the Oresund bridge an ambivalent symbol to whom environmentalists reacted in different ways.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Francesco Zavatti

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2019

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies
History

Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental StudiesPolitics, Economy and the Organization of Society

Huddinge : , 2019. (Förvaltningsakademin ; 17)

Rapportens syfte är att undersöka och diskutera vilka administrativa effekter den indirekta statliga styrningen ger i den kommunala verksamheten. Kommunernas verksamheter styrs av en mängd olika styrsignaler, där styrningen sker i form av direkt, indirekt och efterhandsstyrning. Statliga myndigheter har i detta en roll som uttolkare, översättare och förmedlare av styrning. Studien visar att den komplexa styrbilden, mängden aktörer som är involverade i den indirekta styrningen, hörsammandet av efterhandsstyrningen och dominansen av ängsliga byråkrater och duktiga administratörer tillsammans bidrar till en överproduktion av administration inom skola, förskola och primärvård.

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Anders Ivarsson WesterbergDaniel Castillo

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

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2019

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Academy of Public AdministrationSamtidshistoriska institutetSchool of Historical and Contemporary StudiesSchool of Social Sciences

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In: Proceedings of NERA 2019. : .

Being the third most popular platform among Swedish people as of 2018 (Internetstiftelsen, 2018), and the most used platform among Swedish teenagers (Statens Medieråd, 2017, p. 49), Snapchat use among Swedish youths has not been substantially investigated from discourse analytic perspectives (however, see Wickström, upcoming). The present study examines interactional aspects of Snapchat use by Swedish teenagers in a vocational school setting, based on a combination of video recordings of classroom activity and screen-recorded smart phone use.The data for this article is drawn from a larger collection of video and screen recordings of youths’ smart phone usage in Swedish upper secondary schools (“Uppkopplade klassrum”, VR/UVK, Dnr 2015-01044) and consists of approximately 75 hours of recordings of students in two upper secondary classes; learners of hairdressing and building- and construction work.Larsen & Sandbye (2013) suggest that we need to “look at photos not just as images but as material and social objects that mould and create identity and social relations between people”. Thus, we approach the images and interactions in the data by applying a framework inspired by the works of Erving Goffman on impression management (Goffman, 1990); specifically concerning interactional aspects of self-presentation and processes of situated identities.The results from this study gives us important insights into digital youth culture in general, and more specifically about the very image loaded lives youths live, in and through their use of smartphones. The study goes in depth to show how the use of images is done in actual practice and when it occurs in interaction in an institutional setting. The use of selfies among youths has often been described as narcissistic (Sorokowski et. al., 2015), but by showing when and how the actual production and consumption of images is done, this study aims to differentiate and make visible the different kinds of actions made by the users; self-presentations, self-representations and masquerade, thus emancipating the youths and giving them a certain amount of agency. More specifically, we note that the use of smart phone cameras and images mirrors different aspects present in these vocational classroom cultures, as have been found by previous research (Nyström, 2012), and the anti-school culture that can be seen in these vocational education data stands in stark contrast to what can be found in similar data concerning upper secondary schools preparing for ensuing studies (Wickström, upcoming).

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Janne Kontio

Sofia Lundmark

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Media Technology

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Proceedings of NERA 2019. : .

This paper draws on data from a recent study of children’s design activities in a leisure time design lab setting. The notion of design lab has become popular in recent years in areas outside science and technology development, such as educational or leisure time settings (see Kavousi & Miller, 2014). These labs are designate institutions dedicated to change and experimentation, or open collaborations between stakeholders, sharing a mutual interest in design research in a particular field (Binder & Brandt, 2008) to experience learning experiences based on self-reflection (Kavousi & Miller, 2014). However, the focus in this specific study is on how the children involved in the design activities make sense of their experiences of participating in the design lab after that the design lab has closed due to financial and administrative issues. Drawing on a six months ethnographical study, consisting of video and audio recordings of the design activities and interviews with the participating children, it has been possible to study both how the activities are structured, and how the participants make sense of the activities over time. An ethnomethodological approach is used as a means to explore the local practices of participation in the design activities from the members’ perspective (Button & Sharrock, 1996; Garfinkel, 1967; Luck, 2012). The participants’ involvement and reflections on the design activities are mainly performed in the studio setting when participating in design workshop but also in how they discuss their experiences in the interview material. The study addresses aspects of participation and empowerment in design activities (cf. Druin, 2002; Lundmark, 2016) and it is found that the design lab and its location, engagement, and emancipatory agenda are crucial for the children and their development of design knowledge and craftsmanship in the situated learning practice.The findings show how the children involved in the activities at the design lab develop new skills and knowledge and how the children and young people's participation in various forms of design activities contribute to increased empowerment and empowerment. The study of the design activities in the suburb also demonstrate how these activities become important tools and resources to strengthen the youth in their identity creation. Furthermore, the study shows that the design activities that the children are committed to provide tools for changing their situation as well as their surroundings.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Sofia Lundmark

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Media Technology

Research area for doctoral studies

Annat forskningsområde

Studies in the Educational Sciences

Huddinge : Södertörns högskola, 2019.

Vi lever i en tid av ökande globalisering och intensifierade kontakter över gränserna. Idag är världen sammanflätad på ett helt annat sätt än någonsin tidigare.Här presenteras en undersökning om hur ungdomar i Sverige, Polen och Tjeckien ser på andra kulturer och folkgrupper än den egna, om deras konstruktioner av identitet, utvecklandet av kosmopolitiskt lärande och om hur deras vänner, familjer och skolor påverkar deras inställningar. Många ungdomar i Polen och Tjeckien tar upp hur de fasor som deras familjer upplevt under andra världskriget fått dem att inse hur viktigt det är att upprätthålla freden medan de svenska ungdomarnas syn påverkats av den långa perioden av fred.Den här boken är ett resultat av ett forskningsprojekt vars syfte varit att undersöka vilken betydelse nya identitetskonstruktioner och kosmopolitiska, interkulturella lärandeprocesser har för fredliga kontra fientliga etniska relationer i det mångkulturella, globaliserade samhället.

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Ana Graviz

Katrin Goldstein Kyaga

María Borgström


Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Culture and Education
Education

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: A Plurality of Tongues. London : Koenig Books, 2019. 103-112.

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Sven-Olov Wallenstein

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Culture and Education
Philosophy

Research area for doctoral studies

-

The New Pretender 2019, : -.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Jenny Gunnarsson Payne

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies
Ethnology

Research area for doctoral studies

Historical Studies

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2019, : -.

PURPOSE: Comorbid depression is common in adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As yet, however, little is known about the factors associated with co-occurring depression in this population. To address this research gap, the current study examined the role of community violence exposure in the association between ADHD symptoms and depression.METHODS: Data came from 505 Russian adolescents [mean age 14.37 (SD = 0.96)] who had teacher-reported information on ADHD symptoms that was collected in conjunction with the Social and Health Assessment (SAHA). Adolescent self-reports of witnessing and being a victim of community violence were also obtained while depressive symptoms were self-assessed with an adapted version of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D). Logistic regression analyses were performed to examine associations.RESULTS: In univariable analyses, both witnessing and being a victim of violence were associated with significantly increased odds for depressive symptoms in adolescents with ADHD symptoms compared to non-ADHD adolescents who had not experienced community violence. However, in the multivariable analysis only being a victim of violence continued to be associated with significantly increased odds for depression [odds ratio (OR) 4.67, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.33-16.35].CONCLUSION: Exposure to community violence may be associated with depression in adolescents with ADHD symptoms. Clinicians should enquire about exposure to community violence in adolescents with ADHD/ADHD symptoms. Early therapeutic interventions to address the effects of violence exposure in adolescents with ADHD may be beneficial for preventing depression in this group.

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Roman Koposov

Andrew Stickley


Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

SCOHOSTSchool of Social Sciences

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Research area for doctoral studies

-

European psychiatry 2019, 56 : 91-96.

Background: The experience of discrimination is common in individuals with mental health problems and has been associated with a range of negative outcomes. As yet, however, there has been an absence of research on this phenomenon in adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The current study examined the association between ADHD symptoms and mental health discrimination in the general adult population. Methods: The analytic sample comprised 7274 individuals aged 18 and above residing in private households in England that were drawn from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, 2007. Information on ADHD was obtained with the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS) Screener. A single-item question was used to assess mental health discrimination experienced in the previous 12 months. Logistic regression analysis was used to examine associations. Results: The prevalence of discrimination increased as ADHD symptoms increased but was especially elevated in those with the most severe ADHD symptoms (ASRS score 18–24). In a multivariable logistic regression analysis that was adjusted for a variety of covariates including common mental disorders, ADHD symptoms (ASRS ≥ 14) were associated with almost 3 times higher odds for experiencing mental health discrimination (odds ratio: 2.81, 95% confidence interval: 1.49–5.31). Conclusion: ADHD symptoms are associated with higher odds for experiencing mental health discrimination and this association is especially elevated in those with the most severe ADHD symptoms. Interventions to inform the general public about ADHD may be important for reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with this disorder in adults. 

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

V. Ruchkin

Andrew Stickley

Mall Leinsalu

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

SCOHOSTSchool of Social Sciences
Sociology

Research area for doctoral studies

-

Plant Biology 2019, : -.

Climate change is driving movements of many plants beyond, as well as within, their current distributional ranges. Even migrant plants moving within their current range may experience different plant-soil feedbacks (PSFs) because of divergent nonlocal biotic soil conditions. Yet, our understanding to what extent soil biotic conditions can affect the performance of within-range migrant plants is still very limited. We assessed the emergence and growth of migrant forest herbs (Milium effusum and Stachys sylvatica) using soils and seeds collected along a 1,700 km latitudinal gradient across Europe. Soil biota were manipulated through four soil treatments, i.e., unsterilized control soil (PSFUS ), sterilized soil (PSFS ), sterilized soil inoculated with unsterilized home soil (PSFS+HI ) and sterilized soil inoculated with unsterilized foreign soil (PSFS+FI , expected to occur when both plants and soil biota track climate change). Compared to PSFS , PSFUS had negative effects on the growth but not emergence of both species, while PSFS+FI only affected S. sylvatica across all seed provenances. When considering seeds' origins, seedling emergence and growth responses to nonlocal soils depended on soil biotic conditions. Specifically, the home-away distance effect on seedling emergence differed between the four treatments, and significant responses to chemistry either disappeared (M. effusum) or changed (S. sylvatica) from PSFUS to PSFS . Soil biota emerge as an important driver of the estimated plant migration success. Our results of the effects of soil microorganisms on plant establishment provide relevant information for predictions of the distribution and dynamics of plant species in a changing climate.

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Shiyu Ma

Jan Plue

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Environmental Science

Research area for doctoral studies

-

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 2019, 13 : -.

Background: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is associated with persistent impairments in adaptive functioning across multiple domains of daily life. Thus, investigation of the biological background of both adaptive and maladaptive behaviors may shed light on developing effective interventions for improving social adaptation in ASD. In this study, we examined the relationship between adaptive/maladaptive behaviors and the acoustic startle response (ASR) and its modulation, which are promising neurophysiological markers for ASD translational research. Method: We investigated the ASR and its modulation in 11 children with ASD and 18 with typical development (TD), analyzing the relationship between startle measures and adaptive/maladaptive behaviors assessed with the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales (VABS) Second Edition. Results: Peak-ASR latency was negatively correlated with the VABS total score and socialization domain score of adaptive behaviors, while the ASR magnitude for relatively weak stimuli of 75-85 dB was positively correlated with VABS maladaptive behavior scores. Prepulse inhibition (PPI) at the prepulse intensity of 70-75 dB was also correlated with VABS maladaptive behavior. However, these relationships did not remain significant after adjustment for multiple comparisons. Conclusions: Our results indicate that the prolonged peak-ASR latency of ASD children might be associated with impairment in the developmental level of adaptive behavior, and that the greater ASR magnitude to relatively weak acoustic stimuli and smaller PPI of ASD children might increase the risk of maladaptive behavior. Future studies that have larger sample sizes will be important for further elucidating the neurophysiological factors that underpin adaptive as well as maladaptive behaviors in ASD.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Ken Ebishima

Andrew Stickley


Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

SCOHOSTSchool of Social Sciences

-


Research area for doctoral studies

-

European Journal of Social Psychology 2019, : -.

Four studies developed and validated two dictionaries to capture agentic and communal expressions in natural language. Their development followed the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) approach (Study 1) and we tested their validity with frequency-based analyses and semantic similarity measures. The newly developed Agency and Communion dictionaries were aligned with LIWC categories related to agency and communion (Study 2), and corresponded with subjective ratings (Study 3), confirming their convergent validity. Very low or absent correspondence between proposed dictionaries and unrelated LIWC categories demonstrated their discriminant validity (Study 2). Finally, we applied both dictionaries to language used in advertisements. In correspondence to gender stereotypes, male-dominated jobs were advertised with more agentic than communal words, and female-dominated jobs with more communal than agentic words (Study 4). Both dictionaries represent reliable tools for quantifying agentic and communal content in natural language, and will improve and facilitate future research on agency and communion.

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Agnieszka Pietraszkiewicz

Marie Gustafsson

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Psychology

Research area for doctoral studies

-

Frontiers in Psychology 2019, 10 : -.

According to Social Role Theory gender stereotypes are dynamic constructs influenced by actual and perceived changes in which roles women and men occupy (Wood & Eagly, 2011). Sweden is ranked as one of the most gender equal countries in the world, with a strong national equality discourse, and a relatively high number of men engaging in traditionally communal roles such as parenting and domestic tasks. This would imply a change towards higher communion among men. Therefore, we investigated the dynamics of gender stereotype content in Sweden with a primary interest in the male stereotype and perceptions of gender equality. In Study 1, participants (N = 323) estimated descriptive stereotype content of women and men in Sweden in the past, present or future. They also estimated gender distribution in occupations and domestic roles for each time-point. Results showed that the female stereotype increased in agentic traits from the past to the present, while the male stereotype had not changed. Furthermore, participants estimated no change for the future, and they overestimated how often women and men occupy gender nontraditional roles at present times. In Study 2, we controlled for participants’ actual knowledge about role change by either describing women’s change in agentic roles, or men’s change in communal roles (and a control). Participants (N = 648) were randomised to the three different conditions. Overall, the female stereotype increased in masculine traits, and this change was mediated by perceptions of social role occupation. The male stereotype did not change in femininity but decreased in masculinity when change focused on women’s role change in agentic roles. These results indicate that role change among women also influence perceptions of the male stereotype. Altogether, the results indicate that positive femininity is harder for men to gain, in that the only difference in gender stereotypes at present times occurred for this dimension.

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Amanda Klysing

Marie Gustafsson

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Psychology

Research area for doctoral studies

-

Scandinavian Journal of Pain 2019, : -.

Background and aims Pain is a prevalent problem in many countries. Women are more often on sick-leave for pain than men. Such gender differences have been explained through biological factors, different demands for on the job market, and home conditions. Fewer studies have focused on how gender stereotypes may bias the medical assessment of pain patients. The aim of the present research was to investigate if a gender bias in medical students' evaluations of chronic pain patients can contribute to explaining the gender differences in sick-leave due to pain. Specifically, we investigated whether medical students' estimates of a patient's accuracy of their own work ability and amount of domestic work differed between female and male patients, and how such estimates influenced the medical students' judgments of the patient's work ability. Methods Medical students (n=137; 60 women; 74 men; three unspecified) read a vignette describing a patient with pain and filled out a questionnaire. The vignette was identical and gender neutral, except for the name of the patient signaling gender. A between-subjects experimental design was used in which participants were randomly assigned to an experimental condition. Participants then judged the patient's work ability, the accuracy of the patient's self-assessed work ability, and the amount of domestic work they believed was performed by the patient. All ratings were made on seven-point items. Results The results showed that there was no main effect of gender on perceived future work ability of the patient, F (1,131)=0.867, p=0.353. However, male patients were considered to be more accurate in their self-assessed work ability than female patients F (1,131)=5.925 p=0.016 (Mfemale=4.87, SDfemale=1.22, and Mmale=5.33, SDmale=1.02). Moreover, female patients were thought to perform more domestic work, F (1,131)=25.56, p<0.001 (Mfemale=4.14, SDfemale=1.41, and Mmale=3.07, SDmale=1.16). Finally, perceived amount of domestic work moderated the effects of perceived future work ability for female but not for male patients, B=0.42, p=0.005. Hence, there was a positive effect of amount of domestic work performed on work ability judgments for women, such that the more domestic work they were assumed to perform, the more they were perceived to be able to work. Conclusions Gender stereotypes influenced assessments of future work ability in pain patients, mainly because women were assumed to perform more domestic work which had a positive effect on perceived work ability. Because domestic work should have a negative effect on recovery, expectations from the physician that domestic work is expected by female patients may in fact have the opposite effect prolonging sick-leave. Moreover, the students trusted the male patients' ability to assess their own work capacity more than women's. Implications It is important that medical students receive education about gender biases and how they may influence medical assessment during their training. Such education may alleviate the influence of gender stereotypes.

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Emma A Renström

Marie Gustafsson

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Psychology

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Plattformssamhället. Stockholm : Fores, 2019. 350-388.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Stefan Larsson

Jonas Andersson Schwarz

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Culture and Education
Media and Communication Studies

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Plattformssamhället. Stockholm : Fores, 2019. 314-350.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Jonas Andersson Schwarz

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Culture and Education
Media and Communication Studies

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Plattformssamhället. Stockholm : Fores, 2019. 200-229.

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Michael Forsman

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Culture and Education
Media and Communication Studies

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Plattformssamhället. Stockholm : Fores, 2019. 1-21.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Stefan Larsson

Jonas Andersson Schwarz

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Culture and Education
Media and Communication Studies

Research area for doctoral studies

-

Stockholm : Fores, 2019.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Stefan Larsson

Jonas Andersson Schwarz

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Culture and Education
Media and Communication Studies

Research area for doctoral studies

-

Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care 2019, : 1-8.

OBJECTIVES: To explore informal and unsanctioned techniques general practitioners (GPs) employ as a means to increase the likelihood of sickness certificate approval, following the Swedish Social Insurance Agency's (SSIA's) consolidation of the gatekeeping role in sickness benefit evaluation.DESIGN: Qualitative semi-structured interviews with 20 GPs working in Swedish primary care. A thematic analysis of the transcribed material was carried out to map different techniques employed by the practitioners.RESULTS: Eight techniques were identified, particularly with respect to the way in which the sickness certificate is written to ensure approval by the SSIA. The identified techniques were most commonly adopted when the patient's case was perceived to be at high risk for rejection by the SSIA (such as psychiatric illnesses, chronic pain etc.).CONCLUSIONS: The findings imply that the informal and unsanctioned techniques are complex and ambiguous. They are used intentionally and covertly. The study also suggests that, while the consolidation of SSIA's gatekeeping role may have resolved some sickness absence issues, a consequence may be that GPs develop unsanctioned techniques to ensure compliance.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Mani Shutzberg

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Culture and Education
Studies in Practical Knowledge

Research area for doctoral studies

-

Records Management Journal 2019, : -.

Purpose: Using a case study method, the article investigates the impact New Public Management (NPM), through outsourcing has had on the management of government information at the Swedish Transport Agency. In April 2015 the Agency outsourced its IT-operations to IBM company. Some of the IBM sub-contractors had not been cleared by the Swedish Security Service. This exposed the Agency’s information to risk. By outsourcing the IT operations, the General Director of the Agency deviated from the laws governing government information such as the Swedish Security Protection Act, the Personal Data Act and the Publicity and Secrecy Act. Design/methodology/approach: The researcher has applied a case study method as the investigation focuses on a phenomenon in a real-life setting. The case study method entails the use of past studies, which facilitates the exploration and understanding of a complex issue. The phenomenon under investigation is NPM’s impact, through outsourcing, on the management of public information at the Swedish Transportation Agency. Findings: Outsourcing should be foregone by well-formulated contracts that should put into consideration the management of government information and the involvement of all stakeholders such as records managers/archivists, IT personnel, heads of departments, lawyers and business analysts. Outsourcing risks to compromise the two tenets of democracy that is, accountability and transparency which are central to Swedish public administrations’ operations. Research limitations/implications: The study is limited by the fact that it only presents the views of the archivists. This was, however, purposely done because their voice was missing during the discussions that followed after the data breach scandal had become public knowledge. Additionally, archivists are supposed to play a major role in the management of government information at Swedish institutions. Further research that will involve different categories of employees might give a deeper and better understanding of the impact that NPM, through outsourcing, is having on the management of government information and what implications this might have on issues of trust, transparency and accountability. Practical implications: The study demonstrates the need for well-formulated outsourcing contracts that will include information management clauses. It is of crucial importance in a democratic society that access to government information is not compromised as institutions endeavor to achieve efficiency and high-quality service delivery. Social implications: It is government information that gives citizens knowledge about the various processes of government institutions. It is therefore of paramount importance that government information is not left in the hands of unauthorized companies that are involved in the outsourcing activity but should be securely managed and guarded, as the opposite might pose privacy and national security challenges and hence undermine the trust that citizens have in government institutions. Originality/value: The search that the author conducted confirmed paucity in research that discusses issues related to NPM, outsourcing and the management of government information. This paper is therefore a contribution to the discourse from an archives and information management perspective.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Proscovia Svärd

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

Archival Sciences


Research area for doctoral studies

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British Journal of Sociology of Education 2019, : -.

Recent research demonstrates that, along with the family, the peer group and the school environment, extra-curricular activities are important contexts for young people’s educational and social development. This article is the result of a survey conducted with a sample of young people in their last year of compulsory school in Sweden and examines both who has access to the different types of extra-curricular activity and the consequences of their participation in the various programmes. As the results indicate, after controlling for respondents’ class and migrant background, their gender and their health, there are positive and significant associations between participation in certain types of activity (sporting, cultural and religious) on the one hand, and students’ school performance and educational expectations on the other. However, attendance at a less-organised activity (youth recreation centres or fritidsgård) shows a negative association with these outcomes. Furthermore, the results demonstrate that the gender, social class and migrant background of students affect their rate of participation in many of these activities.

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Alireza Behtoui

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Sociology

Research area for doctoral studies

-

Configurations (Baltimore, Md.) 2019, 27 (1): 37-57.

Ideas of relationality have come to influence a wide range of theoretical fields. In this article, we develop an understanding of relationality as not necessarily something continuous and uninterrupted (as is often the case), but rather as something fundamentally shaped through breaks and interruptions. We work through notions of relational brokenness by "thinking with" the telephone as an intriguing relational technology, a material metaphor, and a discursive device. The argument moves between Derrida's telephone fascination; the metaphorical black telephone in Sylvia Plath's poem "Daddy"; Proust's narrator waiting for a call from his grandmother in "The Guermantes Way"; and the communication breakdown in Lady Gaga's "Telephone." What the telephone allows for in this discussion is a way of thinking of not only technology as inherently fractured, but also our very ways of relating, connecting, and being in the world.

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Jelisaveta Blagojevic

Jenny Sundén

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Culture and Education
Gender Studies

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Universitetets gränser. Göteborg : Arche press, 2019. 1-12.

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Thomas Karlsohn

Peter Josephson

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies
History of Ideas

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Universitetets gränser. Göteborg : Arche press, 2019. 198-224.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Andreas Åkerlund

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies
History

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Universitetets gränser. Göteborg : Arche press, 2019. 168-197.

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My Klockar Linder

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies
History of Ideas

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Universitetets gränser. Göteborg : Arche press, 2019. 61-93.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Peter Josephson

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies
History of Ideas

Research area for doctoral studies

-

Göteborg : Arche press, 2019.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Thomas Karlsohn

Peter Josephson

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies
History of Ideas

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Offentligt ledarskap. Lund : Studentlitteratur AB, 2019. -.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Jenny MadestamMarja LemneTherese Reitan

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

Academy of Public AdministrationSchool of Social Sciences
Social Work

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Offentligt ledarskap. : Studentlitteratur AB, 2019. -.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Jenny Madestam

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

Academy of Public AdministrationSchool of Social Sciences

-


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Delat ledarskap i förskola och skola. Lund : Studentlitteratur AB, 2019. -.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Jenny Madestam

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

Academy of Public AdministrationSchool of Social Sciences

-


Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Delat ledarskap i förskola och skola. Lund : Studentlitteratur AB, 2019. -.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Marianne Döös

Jenny Madestam

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

Academy of Public AdministrationSchool of Social Sciences

-


Research area for doctoral studies

-

Ecological Economics 2019, 159 : 91-100.

Adoption of new manure and fertiliser technology is considered an effective tool to reduce diffuse nutrient pollution from agriculture, and policy instruments to encourage technology uptake are therefore widespread. But policy makers need to understand farmers' reasons for adoption of such technologies to design policies that actually work. Using data from a survey with responses from 2439 farmers in five countries around the Baltic Sea, we identify the drivers of technology adoption for three different abatement technologies: manure spreading equipment, slurry tanks, and precision technology for fertiliser application. We compare drivers for technology investments across technologies with a particular focus on the role of the scale of farm operations, neighbour relations, environmental concerns and innovation readiness. The results show that the scale of farm operation is important for the uptake of all three technologies, while we find no evidence that neighbour relations are important for technology investments. Environmental concerns for soil quality and other on-farm environmental qualities do drive investment; however, the impact of environmental concerns differs across technologies. Innovation readiness is a driver of investments in relation to some technologies, suggesting that the novelty or sophistication of the technology matters to the investing farmers.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Maria Theresia Konrad

Katarina Elofsson

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2019

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Economics

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: . : .

The extended indispensability of media can be seen as a key indicator of mediatization, whereby our lives become adapted to media. But even though we can assume that the pervasive character of digital media essentially changes everyday life and the way people experience it, we cannot take consequences of technological transformation for granted. Following from this we argue there is a need for quantitative analyses that can verify mediatization processes in time and space. Here we present a tool that measures the extent to which media reach into the deeper layers of daily human life, used in an empirical study conducted in Sweden in 2017. The results show that perceived media indispensability is played out along three dimensions of daily human life; (1) (re)production; (2) recognition, and (3) civic life, and appears as a socially structured and structuring process, although not in a very strong way. We argue this tool, in diachronic analyses, works as a measurement of mediatization.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Karin Fast

Stina Bengtsson

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Culture and Education
Media and Communication Studies

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Maritime Spatial Planning. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. 175-199.

While there is growing critique emerging to address social sustainability in marine/maritime spatial planning (MSP), overwhelmingly attention has been on governance, economic and environmental aspects. This chapter redresses this by proposing a conceptual framework to elucidate key features of social sustainability in MSP. The ambition is to both note the existing critique of MSP and go beyond it by more clearly and comprehensively articulating how social sustainability could be conceived in MSP, as well as how this framework could be applied to analyse MSP practice. Key features of social sustainability elaborated are: deepening democratic decision-making, inclusion of socio-cultural values and knowledge, equitable distribution and social cohesion. Finally, the chapter concludes by nominating strategies to give greater visibility to social sustainability as a key MSP concern.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Fred SaundersMichael GilekRalph Tafon

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2019

School/Centre

School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Environmental Science

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Close and Distant. Gothenburg : Nordicom, 2019. 247-259.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Gunnar NygrenKarl Magnus Johansson

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
JournalismPolitical Science

Research area for doctoral studies

Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society

In: Close and Distant. Gothenburg : Nordicom, 2019. 127-148.

This chapter hypothesises that there is a trend of centralisation in government communication – a move upwards in the political executive towards central coordination and control. We test this argument empirically through an inventory of elite interview evidence and a four-country comparison including two case studies – Finland and Sweden – as well as two case illustrations – Lithuania and Poland. Based on, altogether, over 80 interviews with political journalists and political/media advisors or press secretaries in the four countries, the chapter analyses how government communication is structured. The cases of Finland and Sweden offer support for the centralisation hypothesis while those of Lithuania and Poland point out its limitations. We thus conclude that the extent to which government communication is centralised varies across contexts and that the variation is patterned.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Tapio Raunio

Karl Magnus Johansson

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Political Science

Research area for doctoral studies

Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society

In: Close and Distant. Gothenburg : Nordicom, 2019. 97-123.

This chapter explores political executive-media relations in Sweden, with a particular focus on professional day-to-day relationships and habits. The analysis is mainly based on extensive interviews with journalists and government press secretaries, and it establishes the routinisation at work, as well as the professionalisation. The exchanges between journalists and their sources appear to be close but with recognition of each other’s professional roles. Media developments influence the relationship, and the downsizing of newsrooms, multi-platform production 24/7 and increased competition for unique news have made journalists more dependent on available sources. At the same time, professionalisation of government communication makes news management more efficient and has centralising effects on executive systems. Together these trends shift the balance between journalists and their political sources in favour of the latter. The presented findings have important implications for research on journalism, media and political executives.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Gunnar NygrenKarl Magnus JohanssonMilda Malling

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
JournalismPolitical Science

Research area for doctoral studies

Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society

In: Close and Distant. Gothenburg : Nordicom, 2019. 9-26.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Gunnar NygrenKarl Magnus Johansson

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
JournalismPolitical Science

Research area for doctoral studies

Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society

Gothenburg : Nordicom, 2019.

This book explores the interplay between government and media drawing on unique evidence from, and in-depth analysis of, four national cases: Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. Based on the chapters dedicated to each country, five additional chapters address the following cross-national themes: government communication, social media, formality/informality in journalist-source relations, mediatisation of politics, and political communication culture.The book reveals what really goes on between the political executive and the media in everyday practices within these countries. First, it uncovers a process of mediated political-cultural change within media-political systems. Second, it illustrates the work- ings of prime ministerial power and communication aides at this apex of political power and the media and those who work there. Third, it examines both the struggle within governing institutions to control the flow of information and the tensions between civil servants and political aides, and takes the reader through the four media-political con- texts rooted in a deep knowledge of these relationships.The result is an illuminating and original analysis of politics, political communication, media and journalism, and offers greater understanding of the realities of government – and democracy – and media in practice as well as the role of media within contemporary politics.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Gunnar NygrenKarl Magnus Johansson

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
JournalismPolitical Science

Research area for doctoral studies

Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society

In: Middle Powers. London : Lexington Books, 2019. -.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Johan Eriksson

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Political Science

Research area for doctoral studies

Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society

Environmental Science and Policy 2019, 94 : 72-81.

Interdisciplinary research is understood to be the preferred way for scientific research to deepen understanding about environmental issues and challenges for sustainability. Two well-defined interdisciplinairy research fields, Ecosystems services (ES) and Common-pool resources (CPR), have taken different approaches that integrate the natural and social sciences to address environmental conundrums collaboratively. Several recent studies bring together insight from each, yet little is known about the breadth or directions, of the interdisciplinary conversation between the two fields of research. Moreover, the potential of this interaction to advance theory and practice relevant for sustainability is underexplored. The purpose of this study is to fill this gap by addressing three questions: 1) What are the motives for the interaction between CPR and ES fields?, 2) How are these two fields of research interacting?, and 3) How does the interaction of CPR and ES contribute to research on sustainability? We conducted a systematic map to identify, select, describe and analyse research of our interest. We mapped out motivations for researchers to bring together insights from these two lines of inquiry and examined how they are doing so.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Catherine May Tucker

Romina Rodela

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2019

School/Centre

School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Environmental Science

Research area for doctoral studies

-

Huddinge : Södertörns högskola, 2019. (Förvaltningsakademin ; 16)

Begreppet ”oberoende” används allt mer frekvent i samband med olika former av granskning. Ofta menas då att granskaren är oberoende från den granskade, till exempel genom att de tillhör olika organisationer. Men vad händer när oberoendeidealet ska praktiseras inom en organisation? Med internrevision inom Polisen som utgångspunkt studerar Ingrid Gustafsson hur och vad som ska skiljas åt för att berättelsen om oberoende ska bli trovärdig. Det är alltså inte en värdering av oberoendet som står i fokus, utan arbetet för att skapa det.Med hjälp av begreppet ”gränsarbete” studerar hon hur oberoende granskning hanteras och skapas generellt och bidrar samtidigt, mer specifikt, till en större förståelse för internrevisionens praktik och villkor.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Ingrid Gustafsson


Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

-

-


Research area for doctoral studies

-

: Stanford University Press, 2019.

Philosophy, Socrates declared, is the art of dying. This book underscores that it is also the art of learning to live and share the earth with those who have come before us. Burial, with its surrounding rituals, is the most ancient documented cultural-symbolic practice: all humans have developed techniques of caring for and communicating with the dead. The premise of Being with the Dead is that we can explore our lives with the dead as a cross-cultural existential a priori out of which the basic forms of historical consciousness emerge. Care for the dead is not just about the symbolic handling of mortal remains; it also points to a necropolitics, the social bond between the dead and living that holds societies together—a shared space or polis where the dead are maintained among the living. Moving from mortuary rituals to literary representations, from the problem of ancestrality to technologies of survival and intergenerational communication, Hans Ruin explores the epistemological, ethical, and ontological dimensions of what it means to be with the dead. His phenomenological approach to key sources in a range of fields gives us a new perspective on the human sciences as a whole.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Hans Ruin

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Culture and Education
Philosophy

Research area for doctoral studies

Critical and Cultural Theory

Review of Industrial Organization 2019, : -.

We evaluate whether an econometric technique that is used in the spatial econometrics and network effects literatures can be adopted as a test for collusive bidding in public procurement auctions. The proposed method is applied to the Swedish asphalt cartel that was discovered in 2001. Our dataset covers the period 1995–2009, which makes it possible to test for conditional independence between complementary cartel bids before and after 2001. Our estimates show a significant positive correlation between complementary cartel bids during the cartel period, whereas a non-significant correlation is shown during the later period. The variance of the parameter estimate of interest also differs between the periods, which suggests a structural change in bidding behavior among cartel members between the two periods.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

J. Lundberg

Johan Y. Stake

Mats Bergman

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Economics

Research area for doctoral studies

-

Stockholm : Liber, 2019.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Minoo AliniaWelat Songur

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2019

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Social Work

Research area for doctoral studies

-

Year of publication

Type of publication

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe