My research interests include critical perspectives on age, ageing from an intersectional perspective, and time and temporality. I’m involved in national and international collaborations within these fields.
Here are a few examples of recent research projects relating to these areas:
• Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life Course (Norface 2018-2020)
• Företagande sent i livet: En explorativ studie om företagandets varierande motiv och villkor samt dess konsekvenser för åldrandet [Self-employment late in life: An exploratory study of the varying motives and conditions of self-employment and its consequences for ageing] (Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare 2017-2019).
• The Joy and Beauty of Dancing: An Exploratory Study of the Social and Corporeal Aspects of Dancing Among Older People (Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences 2016-2018). Find out more here
• Ålder räknas: En explorativ studie av processer kring inklusion och exklusion i en arbetsorganisation [Age matters: An exploratory study of the processes of inclusion and exclusion in a work organisation] (Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare 2012-2018).
• Den genuskodade räddningstjänsten. En studie av jämställdhetens förutsättningar [The gender-coded fire and rescue service. A study on the conditions of gender equality] (Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency 2010-2014). Find out more here
International commissions include, for example, managing COST IS 1409 Gender and Health Impacts of Policies Extending Working Life in Western Countries, participating in COST IS 1402 Ageism: A Multinational, Interdisciplinary Perspective, and being a member of the reference groups for the research projects The Making of the Mature Entrepreneur: Life Course Perspectives on Entrepreneurship in Older Ages in Germany and Poland and Connections between Education, Lifelong Learning, Skill Proficiency and Employment Outcomes among U.S. Middle Aged and Older Adults.
I have taught at all levels, from undergraduate to research level; the latter, both nationally and internationally. In my current teaching, my main focus is the course Samhällsförändring i relation till ålder och demografi (Social change in relation to age and demography). In addition to this, I have primarily taught essay courses, sociological and social psychological theory, and qualitative method.
Several of my research projects involve collaborations with stakeholders from the public sector, civil society and private companies, e.g. authorities, pensioners’ organisations, trade unions, business organisations and adult education associations. This includes both national and international collaborations.
With a background as a dentist, I went back to academia at the end of the 1990s. I studied Sociology and Social Psychology at Uppsala University, graduating with a Master’s degree in Social Psychology in 2001. In 2006, I defended my thesis in Sociology 'Kvinna i ålderskodad värld. Om äldre kvinnors förkroppsligade identitetsförhandlingar' (Women in an age-coded world. On older women’s embodied identity negotiations) at Uppsala University, a social gerontological monography with a gender perspective. In 2009 I was appointed senior lecturer, and in 2017, professor of sociology.
I have had the privilege to work with dedicated researchers from leading universities all over the world, e.g. the research network AgeS: Swedish Research Network on Age and the European networks Gender, Older Workers and the Life Course and Research Network on Gender and Older Workers Across the Life Course. I am a member of several international professional associations.