Main Research and Teaching Areas
- International Migration
- Social Policy Transformations
- Political Economy
- Economic Sociology
- Socioeconomic Development
- Public Policy and Institutions
- Quantitative Research Methods
- Mixed-Methods Research
Current research entails three specific projects. The first project focuses on conditionality, social policy transformations and social investments by analyzing effects of retractions of study allowances in Swedish high schools, using register data from Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN). Planned output includes comparative analyses with other cash transfer programs in Europe, the U.S. and Latin America.
The second project analyzes the role of international migrant organizations in labour market integration processes in Sweden, using register data from the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society (MUCF) and data collected in interviews with individual organizations. Funded by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg (MMW) Foundation, it involves research collaboration with Office of Population Research (OPR), Princeton University.
The third project pertains to the global quest for talent, particularly STEM (i.e. science, technology, engineering, and math) migration in the Swedish Labour Market, using register data from Statistics Sweden in collaboration with the Center for Economic Demography (CED), Lund University.
- Integration, cultural preservation and transnationalism through state supported immigrant organizations: A study of Sweden's national ethnic associations
- Spain: extreme case of successful integration of second-generation immigrants with transfers of best practices applicable to other European countries?
- Beyond Granted Asylum - Labor Market Integration Challenges in Sweden
- Social Investment in Latin America in A. Hemerijck (ed.) The Uses of Social Investment. Oxford: Oxford University Press
- From Perspectives to Policy Contingencies: Conditional cash transfers as social investments
- Evidence-based Policymaking? Revisiting the "Known", the Assumed and the Promoted in New Social Development Policy
- Politicisation of Conditional Cash Transfers: The Case of Guatemala
- Social Policy of Our Time? An Inquiry into Evidence, Assumptions, and Diffusion of Conditional Cash Transfers in Latin America
- Conditional Cash Transfers and Social Mobility: The Role of Asymmetric Structures and Segmentation Processes
PhD in Sociology in 2014 after several years of professional work and consultancy within development finance and structured trade finance. Between January 2015-December 2018, Director of Studies, Lund University Masters of Science Programme in International Development and Management (LUMID). Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Migration and Development (CMD), Princeton University between August 2015 and July 2016. Research Fellow at the Office of Population Research, CMD, Princeton University (awarded on May 16, 2016). Affiliated with the Center for Economic Demography, Lund University since November 5, 2018. Associate professor (Docent) since July-2021.
- The Role of International Migrant Organizations in Labour Market Integration in Sweden. Funded by a Project Grant from Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation. Collaboration with OPR, Princeton University. Contact: johans [at] princeton [dot] edu.
- Conditionality and Behavioural Change in New Social Policy: Effects of Retracted Study Allowances in Sweden. Contact: johan [dot] sandberg [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se.
- Support for Immigration in Post-2015 Refugee Crisis in Sweden. Contact: johan [dot] sandberg [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se.
- Global Quest for Talent: STEM-migration in the Swedish Labour Market. Collaboration with the Center for Economic Demography (CED), Lund University. Contact: johan [dot] sandberg [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se.
- Global Dynamics of Social Policy Collaborative Research Centre, University of Bremen. Funded by the German Research Foundation.