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Research on the Public Sector

Rights, Regulation, Care and Security

Recent Research Grants and Appointments:
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)
Visiting Scholar, A. Hetzler 2017, The Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research, Scancor, Harvard University.
Consult, A. Hetzler 2018, Swedish Work Environment Authority, Project “Cognitive Risks for Teachers and Rectors”
Appointed internships André Hansen and Fardis Mohammadi Spring 2019, Project “Rights and Regulation.”
Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2,035,000 SEK, ”Threats and Violence at Work: A Comparison between Teachers and Social Secretaries” (2014-2017)

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.

New research projects established 2018 and 2019 include analysis of possible conflicts in regulation praxis between protecting student rights and protecting the rights of employees; women dominated professions; and analysis of regulation of financial markets including regulation of laws prohibiting anti-money laundering and terrorist financing; and the changing nature of threats, violence and harassment at work.

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 empirical areas relevant for increasing understanding of challenges facing the public sector. This includes constant analysis of how the public sector guarantees rights and regulates institutions critical for a well-functioning nation state.


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 and Research Presentations: selection 2015 – 2019

Researchers in the environment

  • Principal Investigator and contact Antoinette Hetzler, Senior Professor, Sociologi, Antoinette [dot] Hetzler [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se
  • Håkan Bergquist, Sociology, Statistical Analyst, Hakan [dot] Bergquist [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se
  • Colm Flaherty, MA in Welfare Policy and Management, PhD Student sociology, Colm [dot] Flaherty [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se
  • Patrik Andersson, MA in Welfare Policy and Mangement, patrik [dot] andersson [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se
  • Ernst Nilsson, PhD, Industrial Engineering, Associate member and Head of the research reference group
  • André Hanse, Master candidate in Welfare Policy and Management, Intern research assistant andre [dot] hanse [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se
  • Fardis Mohammadi, Master candidate in Welfare Policy and Management, intern research assistant, fardis [dot] mohammadi [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se


Selected publications: