My research focuses on how and why social movements influence society and policies as well as how and why contemporary young people practice politics by merging boundaries between the state and society.
I work as a researcher and teacher at the Department of Sociology, Umeå University. My teaching encompasses organizations and society, human resource management, classical and contemporary sociological theory, and qualitative methodology especially Grounded Theory method.
My research interest concentrates on two fields: social movements with a focus on how movements influence society and policies, and young people's political action with a focus on how they practice politics by merging boundaries between the state and society. Empirically, I examine both the meanings that activist groups assign to their collective action as well as the social processes and practices they develop in relation to these meanings.
My empirical research examines activism in Sweden and Latin America. In Sweden, I work with colleagues from Umeå Center for Gender Studies to investigate how civil society groups mobilize around safe public spaces and how they address gender and race/ethnicity through their safety practices. In Latin America, I examine feminist activism in favor of gender justice and sexual and reproductive rights.
As an advisor to four PhD students at the Medical Faculty, I collaborate with thesis projects on building health management capacity, improving access to health care including e-health, and understanding the response of civic organizations to youth mental health.
I received my PhD in Sociology in 2010 and Associate Professorship of Sociology in 2015, both from Umeå University. Between 2011-2013, I was post-doctoral researcher at the Umeå Center of Gender Studies, and between 2014-2017, I was a research fellow at the Epidemiology and Global Health Unit. I earned my BA in Sociology and Spanish/Latin American Studies in 1989 and MA in Applied Sociology in 1999, both from the American University, Washington D.C.
I am currently a Regional Representative from Europe for the Research Committee 32 "Women in Society", International Sociological Association, 2014-2018. I am also a member of the Swedish Federation of Gender Researchers.
Key words: activist groups, feminism, gender justice, Latin America, safety practices, social movements, sexual and reproductive rights, young people
Nyckelord: aktivistorganisationer, feminism, Latinamerika, trygghetsarbetet, sociala rörelser, sexuella och reproduktiva rättigheter, unga människorClose