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Research on the Public Sector

Work and everyday life – Schools, Care and Security
Relevant Research Grants:
Swedish National Research Council, 4 760 000 SEK. “Conflict in School: Laws, Rules and the Dynamics of Everyday Life at School.” (2010-2015).
Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, 4, 572,000 SEK “Threats and Violence in School: Are Teachers without Legal Rights?`” (2014-2017)
Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2,035,000 SEK, “Threats and Violence at School: A Comparison with between Teachers and other Professional Groups.” (2014-1017)

Research on everyday life at school, (RELs), gathers together a number of different research projects and concentrates on problems at school. Particular focus is put on conflicts at school and how they influence the school environment. Theory and empirical research develops methods of resolving conflict as well as analysis of social rights at school and how they are mobilized. We are also involved in a number of projects that look at school as a work place for teachers and other employees. Our research explores the loss of moral authority in schools, increasing threats and violence in school as a social institution, and regulation of schools within the public sector.  We analyze the development of educational policy concerning schools in Sweden and situate the Swedish primary school within a larger context by using comparative research on schools in other countries contexts.

Relevant on-going comparative research is being done with the School Rights Project in the United States, (C. Morrill and L. Edelman, University of California, Berkeley, R. Arum, New York University, and Karolyn Tyson, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill), and the National Institute for Educational Policy Research (NIER) with Mitsuru Taki, Senior Researcher, NIER.

The goal of the research group is to produce “front-line” research in theory and in analysis of other academic research areas of relevance fin our field of interest. This includes demands for regulating schools, financing of schools, changes in the family and how outside established associations such as within sports, religion, social clubs, influence life at school.


Read more about two of our major on-going projects

Trouble in School: Law, policy and the dynamics of everyday life at school

Threats and Violence in School – Are Teachers Without Legal Rights.


Abstracts for conferences , Summer 2015


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Researchers in the environment

  • Principal Investigator och kontaktperson Antoinette Hetzler, Senior Professor, Sociologi, Antoinette [dot] Hetzler [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se
  • Sofia Voytiv, MA Sociologi, Analytiker, sofia [dot] voytiv [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Håkan Bergquist, Sociologi, Statistik Analytiker, Hakan [dot] Bergquist [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se
  • Wilfred Lau, MA in Welfare Policy and Management, Intern, Wilfred [dot] Lau [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se
  • Colm Flaherty, MA in Welfare Policy and Management, Intern, Colm [dot] Flaherty [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se
  • Patrik Andersson, Master candidate in Welfare Policy and Management, patrik [dot] andersson [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se
  • Ernst Nilsson, PhD, Industrial Engineering, Associate member and Head of the research reference group

Selected publications:

  • Hetzler, A och S. Voytiv (2014), ”Order in the Classroom – Social Perceptions and Normative Behavior,” submitted för publication.
  • Hetzler, A (2014) ”Trouble in School,” Resultatdialog 2014, Vetenskapsrådet, Sweden Social Science Research Council.
  • Hetzler, A (2012)”From Anti-Bullying Legislation and Policy to Everyday School Reality.”  (2012) Workshop in Social Policy, November 2012: Göthenburg.
  • Hetzler, A (2012) Why Law Fails,” presented at the International Conference on Law and Society, 12th Annual Meeting, June 2012, Honolulu. (submitted for publication).

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Lund University
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