Research profile and projects
My research interest lies mainly in governance, education policy and politics of education. At present, I explore issues relating to increased audit, evaluation and output control in the public sector, primarily within an education policy context.
My Postdoctoral Research Fellowship project is financed by the Swedish Research Council (2008-2012) and addresses the Swedish national school inspections. The project aim to describe, analyse and critically examine the tension of simultaneous centralisation and decentralisation in contemporary Swedish education policy by studying the agenda, implementation and effects of the revived national school inspections.
I also participate in the bilateral and comparative project Governing by Inspection: School Inspection and Education Governance in Sweden, England and Scotland The project examines the ways in which Inspection regimes may be understood as governing education in three national education systems and the extent to which Inspection offers a resource for policy learning.
In addition, I take part in a project focusing on marketisation in Swedish upper secondary education (Financed by the Swedish Research Council, 2008-2010), a FW7 project European Educational Research Quality Indicators (EERQI) (2008-2010) and in a national education policy research network (Swedish Research Council 2009-2011).
As a PhD-student, I was a member in a cross-disciplinary research project that put particular focus on the Swedish state-led experiment with local time schedules in compulsory education. My doctoral thesis (2007) focused on this experimental reform, and through a policy theoretical framework, the thesis described and analysed the initiation, decision, implementation and consequences of the experiment. In addition, the roles, perceptions and actions from different organizational levels were highlighted within the context of the experiment.
Previous teaching mainly include courses at the Teacher training programme (Democracy and Society) and the Career counselling programme (Politics and Society)