A number of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches are represented in the research group. It comprises studies of social and cultural notions about health and illness, as well as studies of how such notions are constructed in everyday life and exerts influence on people’s lives. This is explored in, for example, the encounters between caregivers and patients, and the individuals’ sense making regarding their own health. The group also includes research with a focus on education and professions in the field of health. Issues are addressed at the levels of individual, group and society. The pedagogical perspective is salient in, e.g., the focus on how peoples’ experiences of health and illness are framed by communication and learning as both an individual and a social phenomenon.

Ongoing collaboration

The members of the research group collaborate with a number of research groups and institutions with a research focus on health at Stockholm University, other Swedish universities and, among others, the following institutions abroad:

Applied Research Centre in Sustainable Regeneration, Coventry University.
Centre for Population Health Sciences, Edinburgh University.
Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, Edinburgh University.
Institutt for sosialt arbeid og helsevitenskap, Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet, Trondheim.
Nordiskt nätverk för humanistisk-samhällsvetenskaplig hälsoforskning (NNHSH).
Programme Handicap, L'Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.


Gunnar Karlsson, Professor
Anders Gustavsson, Professor Emeritus
Sonja Olin Lauritzen, Professor Emerita
Katarina Lagercrantz All, Senior Lecturer, PhD
Petra Roll Bennet, Senior Lecturer, PhD​
Eva Eliasson, Senior Lecturer, PhD​
Ali Reza Majlesi​, Senior Lecturer, PhD​
Robert Ohlsson, Senior Lecturer, PhD
Ulf Olsson, Senior Lecturer, PhD​
Pelle Pelter, Senior Lecturer, PhD
Helena Rehn, Senior Lecturer, PhD​
David Thorsén, Senior Lecturer, PhD​
Veronica Brunér, PhD-student
Jacob Larsson, PhD-student
Trine Höjsgaard, PhD-student
Vysse Linde, PhD-student
Louise Ramsby, PhD-student
Noam Ringer, PhD-student

A more extensive presentation on the Swedish web page click here