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Family, Migration and Welfare (FAMIW)

Family- and gender relations, migration and social welfare

This is a research environment for sociological analyses of family- and gender relations, migration and social welfare. 

Our studies focus on, for example, migrant’s vulnerable position and experiences in different parts of the world, new and changing relations of care in the Swedish welfare state, the meaning of hidden disabilities in working life, demographic challenges for families in China, as well as the development of family and labour market policy reforms in Sweden.

We work with different kinds of qualitative methods, such as ethnography, document analysis and life history interviews, as well as with innovative methods and discussions of methodology (memory-work, diary and drawing interviews). Theoretically we have different points of departure but we unite in our interest in social inequality and stratification, particularly as articulated within feminist, queer and post colonial studies.


Dalia Abdelhady, dalia [dot] abdelhady [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se (dalia[dot]abdelhady[at]soc[dot]lu[dot]se)

Lisa Eklund, lisa [dot] eklund [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se


  • "Intergenerational care in Sweden: A Study of Relationships, Commitments, and Practices of Care in Everyday Family Life” - Sara Eldén, Terese Anving, Linn Alenius (VR, 2019-2022)
  • "Parenting strategies around children's education in urban China, South Korea and Singapore: A comparative ethnographic study”- Kristina Göransson, Lisa Eklund & Yoonhee Kang (RJ, 2019-2021)
  • "Precariousness at Work: Women Employees in Nordic Companies Outsourced to China, India, and Vietnam” - Helle Rydström, Catarina Kinnvall, Lisa Eklund & Maria Tonini (VR, 2018-2021)
  • "Care for children in an era of private market services: A study of nannies, children and parents" (Omsorg om barn i de köpta barnpassningstjänsternas tidevarv: En studie av barnflickor, barn och föräldrar) RJ 2014-2017 (Sara Eldén and Terese Anving)
  • "The Politics of Parenting Support. Development, Forms and Actors" (Föräldrastödets politik: utveckling, former och aktörer) Forte, 2014-2016 (Åsa Lundqvist and Lisa Eklund)

Selected publications