The study group investigates, from different theoretical and methodological perspectives, how public sector activities at local, regional and central levels are governed, carried out, challenged and transformed. Research includes studies of Sweden, international comparisons and gender aspects.
Recent research projects within the group include democracy and political institutions in city-regions, citizens' perspectives on attempts to establish larger regions in Northern Sweden; consequences of public sector marketization for pensioners' organizations and elderly care; fear and unsafety in the public realm; men and women in local politics, participation in city culture, refugee reception in small municipalities in northern Sweden and whether and to what extent public authorities cooperate on crisis management. Many studies are international comparative research, carried out in collaboration with partners at universities in other countries. Research is presented at national and international research conferences and published in renowned journals and in books.
Three doctoral students are attached to the group: Elin Stark explores discourses on the good school, Malin Benerdal investigates national evaluation policy changes and Jennie Brandén studies public policies and local practices aimed at increasing safety in public space.