The main research interests of the Adult Learning Research Group at the Department of Education at Stockholm University are in adult learning, in both organized forms and informal contexts, such as, municipal adult education, higher education and popular education, and working life. The group’s research focus is learning in everyday life, working life, conditions of adult learning in formal organisations and transitions between education and work life and different forms of adult education institutions, as well as leisure. In addition, some the researchers are interested on the following issues: the institutional condition of learning; access, participation and study success in the different forms of adult education; as well the social conditions for adult learning, but also learning of professional identity.

The group has a solid experience in research on adult learning, identity formation, career development and transitions, academic success, employability, and dropouts in the field of adult education. These issues are examined in relation to both traditional and non-traditional participants/students. The impact of their social background, social milieus or location, organisation of adult education, professional identity, as well as national and international policy. Questions related to adult learning include the content and methods of delivery, as well as the conditions of learning, which are studied at the individual, organisational and societal level, from various theoretical perspectives and methods (follow the link provided on each researcher's name below to see what we are working with). Many studies also examine issues relevant to the function and role of adult education in relation to social class, gender, migration and integration of immigrants. The group works actively with research applications from both national and international financiers. Several members have extensive experience of research at the European level and are engaged in ongoing EU projects.

The group members are active in several research partnerships, have been partners in EU projects, as well as part of research networks nationally and internationally, such as:  ESREA (the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults), EERA (European Educational Research Association), Nordic Fields of Higher Education, Research Network and Career guidance (KAV) and EAN European Access Network.

The research team has an engaging seminar series titled, the "Adult Education Seminar", where interesting research in the field is discussed. The seminar invites guest researchers from various parts of the world. The seminar is also a forum to discuss masters’ students, doctoral students and senior researchers’ texts. The Adult Education Seminar is organised once a month and English is the working language.



Camilla Thunborg, Professor
Agnieszka Bron, Professor
Carina Carlhed, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor
Petros Gougoulakis, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor
Malgorzata Malec Rawinski, Senior Lecturer, PhD
Staffan Nilsson, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor
Anna Nørholm Lundin, Senior Lecturer, PhD
Ali Osman, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor
Ingela Bergmo Prvulovic, Senior Lecturer, PhD
Monika Ringborg, Senior Lecturer, PhD
Katarina Sipos, Senior Lecturer, PhD

PhD Students

Morteza Eslahchi
Dagmar Hedman
Ali Mohamed
Maria Mersini Pananaki
Natalie Nielsen


A more extensive presentation on the Swedish web page click here