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). The projects are sorted according to size.

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?
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.
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 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 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.
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).
Predicting the diffusion of artificial intelligence
A framework for predicting the spread of AI applications.
Integration of youth in Sweden in a multidimensional perspective (SEMI)
Duration: 2020-2023
How is the integration among youth developing? This project will study different dimensions of integration among 14-22-year-olds in Sweden.
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 power over expert reports: contents, origins and consequences
Duration: 2018-2021
This project examines how the reports and investigations ordered to address the organizational problems in health care are actually used.
Network and net worth
Duration: 2018-2021
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.
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.
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.
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?
Examining and overcoming the psychological barriers to climate action
Duration: 2018-12—2021-12
This project's highly international and interdisciplinary collaboration will create synergies and develop important means to tackle climate change.
Firms as Political Activists
Duration: 2019-09--2022-09
This project explores the changing political role of corporations in the 21st century by combining political science, sociology, and business science.
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?
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.
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?
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.
Crossing boundaries in social work
Duration: 2019-04-01--2022-12-31
The study explores welfare governance in relation to disadvantaged areas in Sweden. The case studies will contribute with knowledge about how to build trust, promote safety, and to break a negative societal development in these areas.
Numbers: the relevance of empirical results for philosophy
Duration: 2019 - 2021
The purpose of this project is to investigate the relevance of empirical results for the philosophy of mathematics.
Tipping Point
Duration: 2019-11-01 -- 2022-02-28
A multiartistic performative sculpture to visualize the complex connection between our decisions today and the living conditions for future generations.
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?
Foundations of Behavioral Economics and the Nudge Agenda
Duration: 2019-2020
This project will examine what behavioral economics and the nudge agenda are, to get a better understanding of contemporary economics and where it is heading.
Population Growth and the Sustainable Development Goals
Duration: 2019-03-01--2019-12-31
To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), several obstacles must be overcome. This planning project investigates an obstacle that is often neglected: population growth.
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?
Implementation of self-driving cars
Duration: 2019-2020
The project aims to provide an overall analysis of the challenges and opportunities that the implementation of self-driving cars will bring, as well as a more detailed analysis of any of these problems.
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?
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.
Written meaning
Duration: 2019-2020
The purpose of the project is to stimulate and discuss knowledge-based text production alongside the dominant academic formats, to contribute to more animated writing and readable texts by scholars, and thereby enlarge their audience.
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.
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.
Intrinsic motivation and outer sanctions as drivers of prosocial behaviour
Duration: 2020-2023
Why do we cooperate? This project studies drivers of cooperation, generosity and pro social behaviour.
Mission: Artistic Director
Duration: 2020-2023
This project considers artistic leadership and managerial skills in Swedish theatre, a subject which has been debated both publicly and internally the past few years.