Södertörn University has converted to distance education – no teaching on university premises from Wednesday 18 March

The Swedish Government recommends that after 18 March all higher education institutions move to distance education. Södertörn University has followed this recommendation and there will be no teaching on university premises until further notice. This is likely to apply throughout the spring semester. All written examinations will be replaced by other forms of examination for the entire spring semester. Students are asked to stay updated about their course or programme via SH-StudyWeb. Staff and students can access the university premises with their keycards and both Infocenter and the library are open.




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Stefan Svallfors


Social Sciences


Stefan Svallfors is professor in Sociology at Södertörn University, and research director at the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

His current research mainly concerns “policy professionals”, that is, people who are employed to do politics and affect politics rather than elected to office. They include groups such as political advisors, political secretaries, PR consultants, think-tank intellectuals, and other groups.

The project studies the work of policy professionals as a form of political influence, and their motivations, careers, and labour market.

In 2015 the book “Makt utan mandat?” [Power without mandate?] was published, in which Swedish policy professionals were analysed.

Svallfors now conducts an extended project studying policy professionals in historical and comparative perspective.

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