Research projects

At the moment the following research projects are active within the research program  “Which future? Challenges and choices for the 21st century” (2015-2020):

Anxieties of democracy
Duration: 2017-2018
Is representative democracy in crisis? If so, in what ways and how is it possible to strengthen it?
Can we change a discriminatory behavior that we are unaware of?
Duration: 2017-2019
Can ethnic implicit bias affect how public officials at social security offices assess applications for income support and if so, can these attitudes be changed or controlled across time?
Children’s living conditions in a changing society
Duration: 2013-2018
How are children affected by changes in income, educational reforms, immigration or changes in the family? Children's living conditions are examined with a focus on socioeconomic and ethnic inequalities.
Climate ethics and future generations
Duration: 2018–2023
What should the current generation do about climate change when our decisions do not only affect how future generations will live, but also who and how many people will exist?
Conflict, cooperation and equality
Duration: 2017-2020
Our social networks are widening, our society is becoming more egalitarian and violent social conflicts are decreasing. What is the connection between these three long-term and persistent trends?
Ethnic discrimination in a segmented labor market
Duration: 2017-2019
Within which occupations is discrimination of applicants by ethnicity more common? We examine differences in discrimination and seek knowledge about what mechanisms lie behind this.
Good and just allocation of health-related resources
Duration: 2018-2021
How should health-related resources be allocated at the population-level? This project explores some problems with conventional approaches to this problem and presents a new approach to this question.
Harm and Discrimination
Duration: 2015-2017
What is it that makes discrimination wrong? We examine the concept of harm and its philosophical relevance, as well as the role it plays in discrimination.
How do human norms form and change?
Duration: 2017-2021
Many societies are dominated by norms that are, in the long run, harmful to their members. How can these norms change?
How do social norms change?
Duration: 2018-2022
Social norms change all the time, in all societies. But what determines which norms change and which norms do not?
Improved health
Duration: 2016-2019
With the help of big data and AI, children and young people in the risk zone for ill health can be identified for individually tailored efforts. The project is done in Angered.
Individual and collective responsibility for discrimination from implicit bias
Duration: 2017-2020
The project aims to evaluate the ethical consequences, on an individual and collective level, of implicit bias that causes ethnic discrimination.
International Panel on Social Progress
Duration: 2014–
Today, many wealthy societies face several challenges and developing countries tend to attempt to imitate their solutions in order to end poverty and hardships instead of finding new models. Given this, can we hope for a better society in the future?
Network and net worth
Duration: 2018-2020
Few women reach top positions in the corporate world, despite increased gender equality. This project examines gender differences in social networks at the Stockholm School of Economics.
Sequences of Democratization
Duration: 2018-2020
Why do some democratic transitions succeed and others do not? We attempt to identify which sequences lead to full and stable democracy and which sequences do not.
Subterranean politics
Duration: 2015–2019
What are the implications of policy professionals gaining more and more influence over the political agenda, rather than elected officials? This project examines how these policy professionals, who are employed rather than elected to office, view their work.
The Boundary Problem in Democratic Theory
Duration: 2016-2020
What decisions should be made with the democratic method? The core question of this project is: Who should have a right to take part in which decisions?
The consequences of poverty
Duration: 2013-2016 Move to Stockholm University 2016
How does poverty affect children and adults? We study social relations, social participation, physical and mental health, but also the effect on children's education and income.
The organization of violent extremism and anti-social careers
Duration: 2015-2020
How are environments of violent extremism organized? How do people move between these, in and out of these and what do their criminal careers look like?
The role of values for equity in sexual and reproductive health
Duration: 2018–2020
Providers in reproductive health are encouraged to incorporate gender equality perspectives, as well as providing services that are sensitive to other cultures. How do they handle conflict of values?
The social forms of intimacy
Duration: 2015-2017
How do we find intimacy outside of the nuclear family? This project examines couple dance, the relationship between humans and pets, and cohousing residents.
The worst lie is the documentary
Duration: 2018-2020
The overarching goal is to examine how artistic narration, based on subjective perspectives, can develop the documentary film and that the Project will spread knowledge and will reach new environments that would usually not partake in artistic research.
Values and voting behavior
Duration: 2017–2018
A study of the differences between the voters of the Sweden Democrats, the Social Democrats and the Moderate Party.
Valuing future lives
Duration: 2015–2018
How should we value future lives when making decisions? This question is directly relevant to for example prioritisation in health care, population control, climate change, and existential risk (the survival of animal species and humanity).
Where corporate networks are born
Duration: 2018-2021
This project will examine how companies' elite social networks are formed and developed over time by studying how men and women network at a business school in Finland.
World Values Survey
Duration: Ongoing
World Values Survey is a global research network studying trends in values all over the world. Their secretariat is located at the Institute for Futures Studies.
Duration: 2017-2020
We will study how labour market trajectories unfold during early adulthood, and how labour market outcomes relate to factors on the personal, family, or school level.