I am a associate professor and are doing research on issues related to the function of science education and education for a sustainable transformation of the society.
I am an associate professor at the department of science and mathematics education at Umeå University and part of UmSER (Umeå Science Education Research). I have a degree of Master of Education, a Master of Science in Biology and Ph.D. in Educational Measurement. My research interests are mainly students' motivation, civic bildung and education for sustainable development. I work with variety of theoretical and methodological approaches but have my expertise in large scale measurements of knowledge and attitudes. It is important to me to contribute to and therefore I like to collaborate with the surrounding society.
My main research today takes place in two projects: Teaching today and in the future, civic education within the vocational programs (a research and development project in collaboration with Örnsköldsviks gymnasium) and The role of natural science for active citizenship, differences between different upper secondary programs. I also participate in a collaborative project with Umeå municipality where we evaluate and develop learning for sustainable development in the municipality's schools.
In addition to research, I teach at the teacher education program and are a representative for equal opportunities.
Before earning my PhD degree, I have worked as an environmental consultant, teacher at upper secondary school and as a test developer. My Ph.D. focused on motivational aspect of test-taking. During a one-year postdoc in Miami I did research concerning students’ interest in biology as well as their sense of belonging and involvement in university departments.