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?
Transformative partnerships 2030
Duration: 2021–2025
As part of the 2030 Agenda, all UN member states agreed that sustainable development should be achieved through multi-stakeholder partnerships. But do they?
Violent threats and internal security
Duration: 2020–2023
Both Canada and Sweden experience serious problems with violent groups. This project aims to answer a range of questions about these groups, and to initiate a national network for researchers studying internal security.
The organization of violent extremism and anti-social careers
Duration: 2015-2021
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: 2018-2022
How can artistic narration, based on subjective perspectives, develop the documentary film? The project will spread knowledge and reach new arenas where artistic research is usually not portrayed.
Ethnic stereotypes over time - a Nordic comparison
Duration: 2022-2025
How do stereotypes of immigrant and minority groups evolve over time in Finland and Sweden? Comparative text analysis is used to understand how they evolve and change.
Sustainable population in the time of climate change
Duration: 2021-2023
What level of population is sustainable, given the available resources and a certain level of well-being? How can we achieve a stable or declining population?
Predicting the diffusion of artificial intelligence
Duration: 2020-2024
A framework for predicting the spread of AI applications.
Integration of youth in Sweden in a multidimensional perspective (SEMI)
Duration: 2020-2024
How is the integration among youth developing? This project will study different dimensions of integration among 14-22-year-olds in Sweden.
Who cares for children and elders in welfare states?
Duration: 2021-2025
In Sweden, Germany and Italy welfarecapitalists, churches and migrants have been given the responsibility for health and social care. How did this happen and why?
The Boundary Problem in Democratic Theory
Duration: 2017-2021
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: 2018-2022
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: 2017-2021
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.
Duration: 2022-2025
Why are educational inequalities by gender and immigrant background not those we would expect given students’ aspirations, confidence, and stress?
Can AI in job recruitment enhance the inclusion of disadvantaged groups?
Duration: 2020–2023
The use of AI in job recruitment is said to make the process both more efficient and less discriminatory. But is this really true? This project will study the effects of using this new tool.
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.
Modern Vikings in the East
Duration: 2021-2025
What role did Swedish institutions, experts, and elites play in the economic and political development in post-Soviet Russia, with corruption, tax evasion and the emergence of the oligarchy as a result?
Predictions of changes in opinion on moral issues
Duration: 2020-2023
Today, moral questions tend to become more important to voters in many countries. Is it possible to understand - and predict - how the public opinion changes on moral issues?
Social norms, implicit bias and discrimination
Duration: 2020-2023
Why are ethnic discrimination and inequality widespread in Sweden when studies suggest that Swedes are among the most egalitarian people in the world? This project analyses implicit biases in relation to social norms.
Good and just allocation of health-related resources
Duration: 2018-2022
How should health-related resources be allocated at the population-level? This project explores some problems with conventional approaches and presents a new one.
Can we change a discriminatory behavior that we are unaware of?
Duration: 2017-2021
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: 2019—2022
This project's highly international and interdisciplinary collaboration will create synergies and develop important means to tackle climate change.
Cultural variation in social perceptions of norm-breakers and peer punishers
Duration: 2018-2022
Social norms may be enforced by individuals informally punishing each other for norm transgressions. But how does society really perceive these informal punishers?
Social networks and immigration integration
Duration: 2022–2024
Is it possible to improve immigrants' social and economic situation by matching them with native Swedes? This projects seeks the answer to that question.
Firms as Political Activists
Duration: 2019-2023
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: 2017-2021
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: 2018-2021
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: 2017-2022
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: 2018-2022
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: 2019-2021
The study explores welfare governance in relation to disadvantaged areas in Sweden. The project aims to contribute with knowledge about how to build trust, promote safety, and break a negative societal development.
Social contract theory and future generations
Duration: 2020-2024
How should principles of justice be applied to a constantly changing society, where new types of injustices emerge, and dynamic decision making affects potential future generations?
Numbers: the relevance of empirical results for philosophy
Duration: 2019-2022
The purpose of this project is to investigate the relevance of empirical results for the philosophy of mathematics.
Tipping Point
Duration: 2019-2023
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?
International Panel on Social Progress
Duration: 2014–
Many wealthy societies face challenges and developing countries tend to attempt to imitate their solutions in order to end poverty and hardships instead of finding new models. Can we hope for a better society in the future?
The role of values for equity in sexual and reproductive health
Duration: 2019–2025
Providers in reproductive health are encouraged to incorporate gender equality perspectives, as well as provide services sensitive to other cultures. How handle the conflict of values?
The home care service interviews residents and relatives (HIBA)
Duration: 2020-2021
The spread of COVID-19 has been high among the elderly and risk groups. This study aims to develop methods for knowledge acquisition, focusing on vulnerable groups.
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.
Covid-19 effects on social norms and collaboration
Duration: 2021-2022
Covid-19 has resulted in restrictions, school closures and quarantine, but how has the pandemic changed our social patterns and norms?
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.