Welfare studies

Welfare studies concern the relationship between family, work and public policy in different countries over time. Class identity, attitudes to welfare state, and the living conditions of the elderly are a few issues being studied.

The results are based on extensive surveys within Sweden and in comparative perspective. They may constitute foundations for future political decisions and debates.

Research to improve society

One particular research profile is concerned with the relationship between social stratification, political institutions and people’s attitudes and values. Do attitudes differ between different groups in society, and how and why do people’s opinions change? Do people hold similar attitudes in different parts of Europe and the world?

Other profile issues involve ageing and the elderly workforce, conflict and concordance within families and between work and family, and how working life and labour market processes affect social stratification and qualifications.

National and international surveys and data registers

The research is to a large extent built on self-produced databases, with data from a number of different countries and time periods. The strong research environment is the Swedish participant in the comparative attitude surveys “International Social Survey Program” (ISSP) and “European Social Survey” (ESS), and is responsible for the national “Panel Survey of Ageing and the Elderly”.

About Strong Research Environments 2011–2015

In 2010 Umeå University designated 14 strong research environments of high international quality, which was given special support during the period 2011–2015. This initiative will be evaluated shortly.