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Sociology of work and professions (SWAP)

The research environment Sociology of work and professions (SWAP) is devoted to research of utmost importance to changes and challenges of labour markets. With work as a focal point of analysis, we are interested in different forms of employment, and of processes of professionalisation, precarisation, and digitalisation of the work place.

SWAP is a place for discussion where we come together and deepen our understanding of labour relations as well as trends and contemporary challenges to the labour market, both nationally and internationally. Such questions involve for example how digitalisation and artificial intelligence influence our working lives, as well as the effect of low-wage labour, migration, and in what ways platform work are attuned or a challenge to the Nordic labour market models. Our work is based on a variety of theoretical and methodological traditions.

We usually meet a few times a month to present, discuss and give feedback on each other’s work. We also have the ambition to invite researchers from other universities, both in Sweden and abroad, to present on-going or recently published work. On these occasions, we open up the seminar to include non-members.

If you are interested in taking part, or if you want to present your on-going research, please send an e-mail to rasmus [dot] ahlstrand [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se


The researchers' latest publications

Structures of subcontracting : Work organisation, control, and labour in the Swedish building sector

Rasmus Ahlstrand

‘Quality Time’ in Nanny Families : Local Care Loops and New Inequalities in Sweden

Sara Eldén, Terese Anving
(2022) Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life , p.85-107
Book chapter

Annie Marion Maclean : Kvinnan i industrisamhället

Antoinette Hetzler
(2022) Sociologins Klassiker : Upptäckter och återupptäckter , p.269-284
Book chapter

Challenges to a sustainable working life for older women in Europe

Susan Reh, Shruti Raghuraman, Åsa Lundqvist, Victoria Tischler, Emma Jeanes, et al.
(2022) Sustainable Work in Europe. Concepts, Conditions, Challenges
Book chapter

Accomplishing Cultural Policy in Europe: Financing, Governance and Responsiveness

(2022) Sociology and Management of the Arts

Ett digitalt arbetsliv - fyra perspektiv

Bertil Rolandsson
(2022) Den sköna nya värld - Arbetsliv och arbetsmarknad i digitaliseringens tid
Book chapter