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Lisbeth Lundahl

Institutionen för barn- och ungdomspedagogik,
specialpedagogik och vägledning (BUSV)
Umeå universitet
901 87 Umeå
46 (0)90 786 69 20

Research areas

My earlier research has mainly concerned the importance and functions of education in Swedish society. I have thus conducted several studies of the education ideologies and strategies of major social actors (the social partners of the Swedish Labour market, the Swedish Conservative Party) in the 20th Century. In the last decade my research has focused on changed forms of education governance introduced in contemporary Sweden - in particular decentralisation, deregulation and the introduction of a market ideology - in particular against a European context. Local youth policies, new patterns of school-to-work transitions and life-careers is another, closely related research field. Finally, I am at present part of the Swedish team in a large FP 7 project, aiming at the development of new quality indicators in European educational research.

Current research projects:


  • Upper-secondary Education as a Market (funded by the Swedish Research Council, 2008-2010. Project leader: Lisbeth Lundahl)
  • Gender and career in academia (funded by the Swedish Research Council, 2009-2011). Project leader: prof. Elisabet Öhrn, Gothenburg University
  • Active citizenship? On democratic education in the upper secondary school (funded by the Swedish Research Council, 2007-2009). Project leader:  prof. Elisabet Öhrn, Gothenburg University
  • European Educational Research Quality Indicators (EERQI), EU Frame Program 7, 2008-2010. Project leader: prof. Ingrid Gogolin, Univ. of Hamburg. 
  • The Individual - Paths and Choices. Career choices and counselling in social, multi-cultural and gender perspectives (funded by the Swedish Research Council, 2005-2007). Project leader: Lisbeth Lundahl
  • National research network: Career Choice and Counselling (funded by the Swedish Research Council, 2006-2008). Project leader: Lisbeth Lundah.


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