Head of School
I am an associate professor of sociology and social work, and hold a doctoral degree from the University of Durham, UK, with a thesis titled The Transformation of the Swedish Welfare State: Fact or Fiction. I started working at Södertörn University in 2001; I am convenor for the degree programme in International Migration and ethnic relations (IMER) and have been Head of Department for Political Science, Public Law and Social Work at the School of Social Sciences since June 2013. My field of research is the Swedish welfare system and changes to it in recent decades. Areas I worked with after my doctorate included processes of segregation in socially vulnerable areas in Sweden and conditions for newly immigrated social groups’ integration in Swedish society. In 2005 I was part of a research group that evaluated investments to combat social exclusion and, as research leader, I took part in compiling final reports on the effects of these investments in the three Södertörn municipalities of Haninge, Huddinge and Södertälje. Due to this intensive work with the municipalities in Södertörn I have come into contact with both vulnerable groups and municipal politicians and officials. I have also worked for organisations outside the university. In 2006 I was part of the investigations unit at the Swedish Confederation for Professional Employees (TCO), where I carried out a comparative study of welfare systems in four European countries. In 2007-2008 I worked at the Swedish National Board of Institutional Care (SiS) to evaluate the authority’s efforts to combat the increasing level of substance abuse in Sweden and compiled a final report for the Swedish government. I have a background in journalism; between 1989 and 1998 I was employed by Sveriges Radio and primarily worked on the editorial staff for minority languages.