SUDA celebrates Elizabeth Thomson
On May 6, SUDA hosted a symposium to celebrate Elizabeth Thomson in gratitude of her ten successful years as the SUDA chair during 2004-2013.
The program provided highlights of the last decade’s expansion of SUDA and Demography in Sweden. The event was organized in response to Betty’s upcoming retirement from her position as the SUDA chair. She remains active as Director of the Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe, SPaDE.
Symposium program here (pdf)
See photos here
This year twelve SUDA researchers and PhD students participated in the annual meeting of the Population of America Association (PAA) which was held in New Orleans, April 11-14.
Ann-Zofie Duvander presented the paper Family Policy Reform Impact on Continued Fertility in the Nordic Countries, co-authored with Mats Johansson (Swedish Social Insurance Inspectorate). Ann-Zofie Duvander also presented the paper Gender Roles and Family Stability: The Influence of a More Active Father’s Role on Divorce Risk in the Nordic Countries, which she co-authors with Trude Lappegård, (Statistics Norway, SUDA) and Mats Johansson (Swedish Social Insurance Inspectorate). Sven Drefahl presented his paper Losing Ground - Swedish Life Expectancy in Comparison with Other Countries and Linda Kridahl presented her paper Retirement and Leisure – a Longitudinal Study Using Swedish Data. Martin Kolk presented his paper A Life Course Perspective on Geographical Distance to Siblings, Parents and Grandparents in Sweden. Several SUDA researchers also participated in poster sessions. Juho Härkönen presented his co-authored paper with Diederik Boertien (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) The Negative Educational Gradient in Divorce: Do the Lower Educated Have Worse Marriages?. Helen Eriksson presented her paper Using a Highly Flexible Parental Leave: Distributive Patterns Where Parent, Length and Replacement Level Are Chosen. Elina Lindskog presented her paper Violent Conflict and Sexual Behavior in Rwanda. A Possible Pathway of HIV Transmission. Maria Brandén and Karen Haandrikman (Stockholm University) presented their paper Who Moves to Whom? Gender Differences in Moving to a First Shared Residence, whereas Johan Carlsson Dahlberg presented a poster on his paper Family Influence on Becoming a Parent: Sibling Correlations in Propensity to Enter Parenthood. Martin Kolk and Kieron Barclay presented their paper Birth Order and Mortality Risk: All-Cause and Cause-Specific Trends. Finally, Margarita Chudnovskaya presented her paper The Geography of Relationships in Sweden: Developments in Geographical Proximity between couples and Their Parents, 1980-2007.
Elizabeth Thomson was a discussant at the session Fertility Change over Space and Time in Developed Countries and Juho Härkönen was a discussant at the session Health Behaviors.
Around seventy research partners and advisory board members gathered on March 8-9 for a highly successful start to the new EU project, FamiliesAndSocieties. Livia Oláh and her team have attracted an outstanding group of scholars who began their work at the Royal Coin Cabinet in Stockholm's Old Town. Stockholm University's Vice-Chancellor opened the meeting, and highly engaged participants can be viewed here.
Gunnar Andersson has received the 2013 Mattei Dogan Award for Comparative Research in Demography from the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. The award recognizes the contribution a scholar has made to the development of population studies by drawing on different disciplinary perspectives and for the importance that this work has accorded to international comparisons. The IUSSP, founded in 1928, is is the premier international association of population scientists. The Mattei Dogan award is given only once every four years and will be presented to Gunnar in September at the association's quadrennial meeting in Busan, South Korea.
Five positions for doctoral study in Sociology at Stockholm Universityare hereby announced with March 1st as last date to apply. For more information please visit the website of Stockholm University here.
SUDA welcomes Ida Viklund as new PhD student in sociological demography. Ida’s PhD project will have a focus on parental leave policies and their demographic and economic consequences.
FamiliesAndSocieties: New EU Project
SUDA congratulates Livia Oláh for the successful funding and launching of a new FP7 project. FamiliesAndSocieties is a major European research project funded under the Seventh Framework Programme with the aim to investigate the diversity of family forms, relationships and life courses in Europe, to assess the compatibility of existing policies with these changes, and to contribute to evidence-based policy-making. Coordinated by Associate Professor Livia Sz. Oláh of SPaDE and the Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA), the consortium brings together 25 universities, research institutes from 15 European countries, and a large number of national and international stakeholders. The project is funded from February 2013 for four years with about 6.5 million EUR in EU contribution.
Links to press releases here.
SUDA welcomes Nora Sanchez as post-doctoral researcher in a project on fertility and EU policies.
Nora arrives from a PhD project at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock. She will run her postdoctoral project in team with Gerda Neyer of SUDA/SPaDE and Brienna Perelli-Harris of Southampton University.
New research grants to SUDA members
SUDA congratulates Sunnee Billingsley, Ann-Zofie Duvander, Maria Brandén, Sofi Ohlson-Wijk, and Kirk Scott for new research grants from FAS.
Sunnee receives 2.85 M SEK for her project on the impact of social mobility on fertility and mortality outcomes in Sweden. Ann-Zofie receives 2.9 M SEK for a project on young forerunners in family life and gender equality in Sweden that also involves Maria Brandén and Sofi Ohlsson-Wijk. Kirk Scott got 3.61 M SEK for a research project at Lund University on the educational trajectories of second-generation immigrants in Sweden.
SUDA welcomes Kirk Scott as new half-time researcher, affiliated with the SIMSAM and SPaDE centers at our unit.
Kirk is Associate Professor at the Center for Economic Demography at Lund University, where he maintains his engagement at his other half time. Kirks research is oriented towards the family-demographic and economic trajectories of immigrants and the children to immigrants in Sweden.
SUDA welcomes Ognjen Obucina as new post-doctoral researcher, affiliated with the SIMSAM and SPaDE centers located at our unit.
Ognjen has a recent PhD from Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and will pursue his research agenda at the intersection of migration, family demographic, and social stratification research.
PhD positions with a focus on Segregation Processes and Spatial Demography
Two PhD positions oriented towards register-based demographic research are announced at the Department of Human Geography at SU.
Deadline for application is November 15, 2012.
For further information, see link.
SUDA congratulates Lesia Nedoluzhko for the successful defense of her PhD Thesis "Demographic Journeys along the Silk Road: Marriage, Childbearing, and Migration in Kyrgyzstan". The thesis is based on analyses of survey data from Kyrgyzstan and was defended at Stockholm University on September 21, 2012.
On Friday September 21, Lesia Nedoluzhko will defense her Doctoral Thesis "Demographic Journeys along the Silk Road: Marriage, Childbearing, and Migration in Kyrgyzstan". The defense will take place in B4 at 15:00.
Opponent is Hill Kulu, University of Liverpool.
SUDA/SPaDE Demographic Colloquium Series, Fall 2012
Downlod the full schedule for the forthcoming fall's colloquium series here.
The Professor Chair in Demography at SUDA is open for new applicants. The deadline for applications is August 31, 2012. Please click here.
Not only did SUDA arrange a successful European Population Conference 2012 held in Stockholm on June 13-16th but SUDA was also represented with 12 of its members at the sessions. Seven of SUDA’s researchers were chair of sessions. Elizabeth Thomson was chair of session Fertility decisions within unions. Gunnar Andersson was the chair of two sessions, the session on Family formation among migrants and the Thematic session: The Swedish Initiative for research on Microdata in the Social and Medical Sciences (SIMSAM). Eva Bernhardt was chair of the session on Same-sex and Living Apart Together relationships. Gerda Neyer was chair of the Thematic session: Social policy effects on family behavior. Ann-Zofie Duvander was the chair of the session on Life course. Sunnee Billingsley was chair of the session Changing unions and childbearing.
Totally 14 papers written by SUDA members were presented at the conference. Elizabeth Thomson presented the paper “Love, marriage, then the baby carriage? Marriage timing and childbearing in Sweden”, co-authored with Jennifer A. Holland (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, NIDI). Gunnar Andersson and Gerda Neyer presented their paper “Gendering occupation and fertility: a comparison between women’s and men’s childbearing behavior by occupational branches”. Juho Härkönen presented the paper “Mother’s age at birth and children’s educational attainment”, co-authored with Maarten Buis (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen). Martin Kolk presented his paper “Understanding intergenerational transmission of fertility in a multigenerational context – Socialization of fertility preferences or transmission of socioeconomic traits?“. Sven Drefahl and Gunnar Andersson presented their paper “Long-distance migration and mortality in Sweden: testing the Salmon bias and healthy migrant hypotheses“. Eva Bernhardt presented the paper “Changing families, unchanging attitudes: the effect of marriage, divorce, and childbearing on gender role attitudes in Sweden”, which she has co-authored with Gayle Kaufman (Davidson College). Maria Brandén and Eva Bernhardt presented their paper “Shared attitudes and couples’ break-up plans”. Eva Bernhardt presented a third paper at the conference; “Ambivalence about children in the family building process in Sweden”. Co-author to this paper is Frances Goldscheider (University of Maryland). Sunnee Billingsley presented the paper “Jobs, careers, and becoming a parent under state socialist and free market conditions: the case of Estonia”, co-authored with Luule Sakkeus (Tallinn University) and Allan Puur (Estonian Interuniversity Population Research Centre). Ann-Zofie Duvander presented the paper “Long-term effects of reforms promoting fathers' parental leave use”, which she has co-authored with Mats Johansson (Swedish Social Insurance Inspectorate). Ann-Zofie also presented the paper “How do immigrants use parental leave in Sweden?”, co-written with Eleonora Mussino (Istituto Nazionale di Statistica, ISTAT). Ann-Zofie Duvander presented a third paper which she has co-authored with Ida Viklund; “What’s biology got to do with it? Parental leave use among adoptive and biological parents”. Jan M. Hoem presented the paper “Recent patterns in group-specific total fertility in Finland”, which he has co-authored with Marika Jalovaara (University of Turku) and Cornelia Muresan (Babes-Bolyai University). Gerda Neyer presented the paper “Gender ideology and fertility intentions across Europe”, co-authors are Daniele Vignoli (University of Florence) and Trude Lappegård (Statistics Norway).
European Population Conference 2012
Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA) was host to the European Population Conference 2012 held at Stockholm University in June and jointly organized by SUDA and EAPS (European Association of Population Studies). The conference was opened by Elizabeth Thomson, Chair of SUDA and François Héran, President of EAPS. Keynote speakers were Gøsta Esping-Andersen, Prof. of Sociology, Spain; Frances Goldscheider, Prof. of Family Science, USA; Peter McDonald, Prof. of Demography, Australia; and Lena Sommestad, Prof. of Economic History, Sweden.
866 participants from 50 different countries attended this three-day conference. In the 109 Sessions and 3 Poster Sessions, some 450 scientific papers and about 300 posters were presented. The topic included fertility, family, longevity, mortality, migration. Special sessions dealt with the key research areas of SUDA, impact of social policies on family and fertility behavior, and demographic insights from Nordic register data.
Ann-Zofie Duvander was interviewed about the effects of the Swedish “vårdnadsbidrag” (”home care allowance”) by the ARD Tagesschau, the most important TV-news show of Germany.
For those who do not speak German: The conservatives in Germany want to introduce a home care allowance similar to the one in Sweden. The proposal is highly controversial, and most Germans reject such a benefit.
The ARD news gives an overview over the Swedish situation: The general perspective of the ARD-contribution is also critical of the “Betreuungsgeld”.
Ann-Zofie was the only scientist interviewed. She states that the vårdnadsbidrag in Sweden has unwanted effects: The benefit is mostly drawn by persons who are in a precarious labor-market position, primarily low educated and persons with a foreign background.
Congratulation, Ann-Zofie – it is a very nice contribution!
To view the interview by ARD Tagesschau, click here, and then “Betreuungsgeld in Schweden”.
This year 10 of SUDA's members participated at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA), in San Francisco May 3-5.
Gunnar Andersson was chair at the session Comparative Perspectives on Fertility and Sexual Behavior. He also presented a poster, Long-Distance Migration and Mortality in Sweden: Testing the Salmon Bias and Healthy Migrant Hypotheses, together with Sven Drefahl. Elizabeth Thomson was discussant at the session Fertility Timing: Europe and South America. She also presented a paper together with Trude Lappegård (Statistics Norway); Intergenerational Transmission of Childbearing across Partnerships. Gerda Neyer was chair for session Fertility Research in a Comparative Perspective and also presented a paper Gender Ideology and Fertility Intentions across Europe together with Trude Lappegård (Statistics Norway) and Daniele Vignoli (University of Florence). Maria Brandén and Eva Bernhardt presented their paper Shared Attitudes and Couples’ Break-up Plans. Eva presented also a paper co-written with Frances Goldscheider, Ambivalence about Children in the Family-Building Process in Sweden. Juho Härkönen presented a paper Family Forerunners? Parental Divorce and Partnership Formation in Comparative Perspective which he has co-written with Jaap Dronkers (Universiteit Maastricht). Juho also presented his paper Diverging Destinies in Europe? Education, Family Structure, and Child Wellbeing. Sunnee Billingsley presented a paper Jobs, Careers, and Becoming a Parent under State Socialist and Free Market Conditions: The Case of Estonia co-written with Luule Sakkeus (Tallinn University) and Allan Puur (Estonian Interuniversity Population Research Centre). Sunnee also presented the paper “Social Capillarity” Revisited: The Relationship between Social Mobility and Fertility in Transitional Poland and Russia co-written with Anna Matysiak (Warsaw School of Economics). Kieron Barclay presented his paper Sex Composition of the Workplace and Mortality Risk and Helen Eriksson presented her paper Income and Parental Leave over Time – Period and Life-Cycle Effects. Martin Kolk presented his poster on Understanding Intergenerational Transmission of Fertility - a Multigenerational Approach to Disentangle
the Mechanisms of Transmission, for which one he won a poster award.
Congratulations to Martin Kolk for winning a poster award at PAA 2012!
Two positions for doctoral study in Sociology are hereby announced with May 15 as last date to apply. For more information please visit the website of Stockholm University here. The Department of Sociology also invites applications for a doctoral student position in Sociology at the Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS). More information about the position is available here.
The Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe announces a post-doctoral position for a researcher in the early stage of his/her academic career.
The position is for a two-year period with start no later than January 1, 2013. Application deadline is April 15, 2012. For more information about the announcement and how to apply, read here.
SUDA congratulates Karin Tesching for the successful defense of her PhD Thesis "Education and Fertility: Dynamic Interrelations between Women's Educational Level, Educational Field and Fertility in Sweden". The thesis is based on analyses of Swedish register data and was defended at Stockholm University on February 6, 2012. Press releases, 2012-02-22.
SUDA Demographic Colloquium Series, Spring 2012
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Thesis competition – win 5000 SEK
The Swedish Demographic Association has established an award for the best thesis at undergraduate or master level. The thesis should have a demographic orientation and will be rewarded for innovativeness and creativity regarding subject, perspective or method. The thesis can be in the fields of historical demography, modern demography or demographic methods. Contributions from all academic disciplines are welcome! The winner will be awarded a stipend of SEK 5000, and be will offered the possibility to present the thesis at a seminar organized by The Swedish Demographic Association. Read more here (pdf).
Available positions for doctoral study in Sociology are hereby announced with December 15 as last date to apply. For more information please visit the website of the Department of Sociology here.
The Stockholm University SIMSAM Nodes for Demographic and Stratification Research organize a joint workshop to be held at Stockholm University in April 2012.
See preliminary workshop program (pdf).
Livia Oláh received a grant from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond for her project "Explaining very low fertility in postindustrial societies: an unconventional approach". The project is part of a cross-national study led by Prof. Mary Brinton at Harvard University in collaboration with scholars of sociology, demography and gender studies in Japan, Spain and Sweden. The project addresses the interaction between family- and gender-role norms, institutions, and economic context in influencing family formation intentions and behaviors of young adults in varied contexts.
SUDA Demographic Colloquium Series, Fall 2011
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The Department of Sociology at Stockholm University announces a two-year post doc position. Deadline for
application is September 30, 2011. For more information about the position, please read here.
Demography appointed leading research area at Stockholm University.
Since March 31, 2011, Demography is also officially a "leading research area" of Stockholm University. The productivity in research among the demographers at SUDA and in SPaDE and SUNDEM led to this recognition.
Available positions for doctoral study in Sociology are hereby announced with May 15 as last date to apply. For more information please visit the website of the Department of Sociology here.
Many of SUDA's members were represented at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA), in Washington D.C March 31 – April 2. Elizabeth Thomson was discussant at the session “The Context of Cohabiting Union”. She also presented the paper “Childbearing across Partnership in the U.S., Australia, and Scandinavia”, which she co-authors with Trude Lappegård (Statistics Norway), Marcia Carlson (University of Wisconsin at Madison), Edith Gray (Australian National University) and Ann Evans (Australian National University). Gerda Neyer presented together with Daniele Vignoli (University of Florence) and Trude Lappegård (Statistics Norway) the paper “Gender, Economic Conditions, and Social Norms: Does Context Matter for Fertility Intentions?”. Sunnee Billingsley and Tommy Ferrarini (Stockholm University) presented their paper “Family Policies and Fertility Intentions across New and Old EU Member States”. Sven Drefahl presented the paper “The Era of Centenarians – the Mortality of Swedish Oldest-Old“, which he co-authors with Hans Lundström (Statistics Sweden) and Anders Ahlbom (Karolinska Institutet). Maria Brandén and Sara Ström presented their paper “For Whose Sake Do Couples Relocate? Gender, Career Opportunities, and Couples’ Internal Migration in Sweden”. Juho Härkönen was a co-author to the “Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce: The Swedish Trend”, together with Michael Gähler (Stockholm University). Juho also presented the poster "Occupational Attainment and Career Progression in West-Germany" which he co-authors with Anna Manzoni (Yale University) and Karl Ulrich Mayer (Yale University). Gunnar Andersson, Li Ma, Ann-Zofie Duvander and Marie Evertsson (Swedish Institute for Social Research) presented their poster “Does Gender Equality Lead to Higher Fertility? A Study of the Effect of Fathers' Use of Parental Leave on Continued Childbearing in Sweden”. Jani Turunen presented his poster ”Adolescent Academic Outcomes after Birth of Half-Sibling” and Martin Kolk presented his poster “Intergenerational Continuities in Fertility – Connecting Three Generations Using Contemporary Swedish Register Data”. Sunnee Billingsley was the co-author to the poster “Red Belt Fertility: The Role of Regional Variation in Benefits Received, Gender Attitudes, Inflation and Political Ideology in Russia” with Theodore Gerber (University of Wisconsin at Madison) and Oxana Sinyavskaya (Independent Institute for Social Policy, Russia and Universiteit Maastricht). Sofi Ohlsson presented her poster ”Gendered Patterns, Socio-Demographic Differences and Changing Ideals in Marriage Formation in Sweden – Evidence from Patterns of “Digit Preferences”. Finally, Johan Carlsson Dahlberg presented his poster “Social Background, Social Mobility, and Becoming a Parent in Sweden”.
SUDA congratulates Gerda Neyer for being appointed Docent on March 28!
Apply for the Master program in demography!
Deadline for applications outside EU/EEA area: January 15, 2011.
Deadline for applications within the EU/EEA area: April 15, 2011.
For more information, see Master program.
Download the application information here.
SUDA Demographic Colloquium Series, Spring 2011
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Delegation from China's National Population and Family Planning Commission in Stockholm
On November 24-26, 2010, SUDA and SPaDE offered a workshop on "Population Issues and Population-related Policies of Sweden" to an 18-person delegation of Chinese population-policy makers. The event took place in Aula Magna at Stockholm University and offered presentations by five SUDA/SPaDE members as well as colleagues from Statistics Sweden and the Aging Research Center. For full program see here.
Two new research grants from Fas to SUDA members
SUDA congratulates Juho Härkönen for 3.37 M SEK to his project "Socio-economic differences in family demographic behavior: Trends and intergenerational implications" and Livia Sz. Oláh for 3.87 M SEK to the Swedish branch of her ESF project on "The new role of men and family dynamics in Europe".
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the Swedish Research Council have awarded a total of 12.5 million Swedish kronor to support the first wave of the Swedish Generations and Gender Survey. The survey is expected to be in the field by August 2011. The Swedish GGS is part of the International Generations and Gender Programme and will provide comparative data with a large number of countries about recent changes in family life courses and relationships (www.ggp-i.org).
The Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe announces a post-doctoral position for a researcher in the early stage of his/her academic career.
The position is for a two-year period with start no later than September 1, 2011. Application deadline is February 15, 2011. For more information about the announcement and how to apply, read here.
In memoriam: Per Gunnar Cassel
SUDA member Per Gunnar Cassel passed away on Tuesday October 7, 2010, aged 82. Per Gunnar had been ill for a period of time, but continued to be devoted to his PhD research until the very end. He completed one published article on seasonality in childbearing in Sweden and an SRRD on abortion trends but was unable to complete his last study.
SUDA researchers and students remember Per Gunnar for his strong positive spirit and generosity in his work.
We regret the loss of a valued colleague.
SUDA represented at Framtidsfokus on Marriage
SUDA researchers Sofi Ohlsson and Gunnar Andersson presented some of their research on marriage in Sweden at a Framtidsfokus organized by the Institute for Futures Studies. The event took place in Stockholm on September 15 and was also aired as a TV program in the Kunskapskanalen of the Swedish national television. The Framtidsfokus was devoted to discussions of the changing role of marriage as a social institution in contemporary Sweden. Link to program here.
SUDA welcomes Johan Carlsson Dahlberg and Karin Tesching as new PhD students in Sociological Demography. In their dissertation work, Johan is about to study the role of social background and social mobility in family-demographic behavior, while Karin focuses on the dynamic interrelations between educational attainment, educational orientation and fertility. Both Johan and Karin base their research on analyses of Swedish register data. Karin has already completed the initial parts of her research at the University of Rostock, Germany.
SUNDEM international workshop on Register-based Demographic Research
A workshop with the focus on Register-based demographic research was held in Stockholm on September 27-28, 2010. The workshop involved researchers and statisticians active in demographic studies based on Nordic (and non-Nordic) register data. The two-day workshop included presentations of recent and ongoing research based on register data and discussions of various issues regarding data and research design. Presentations focused on substantive issues but also on technicalities regarding data and/or comparability of data.
Workshop program here
SUDA Demographic Colloquium Series, Fall 2010
Downlod the full schedule for this fall's colloquium series here (updated 2010-10-04)
Ten SUDA researchers participated in the 2010 European Population Conference held in Vienna, September 1-4. Papers were presented by Gunnar Andersson (with Kirk A. Scott, Lund University) on “Divorce risks of immigrants in Sweden”; Maria Brandén on “Occupation, educational level and gender differences in regional mobility - Sweden 1998-2003”; Sven Drefahl on “How parental mortality changes with the age of the child”; Juho Härkönen (with Jaap Dronkers, Universiteit Maastricht) on ”Parental divorce and union formation: a comparison of 18 Countries”; Livia Olah and Eva Bernhardt (with Michael Gähler, Stockholm University, and Frances Goldscheider, University of Maryland) on “Parental divorce and gender equality in Sweden”; Eva Bernhardt (with Turid Noack and Kenneth Aarskaug Wiik, Statistics Norway, and Torkild Hovde Lyngstad, University of Oslo) on “The association between cohabiters' marriage intentions and marital behavior in Norway and Sweden”; Ann-Zofie Duvander (with Mats Johansson, Swedish Social Insurance Inspectorate) on “How effective are reforms promoting fathers' parental leave use?”; and Sofi Ohlsson on “Type of occupation and the transition to parenthood in Sweden”. Li Ma presented a poster on “Social policy and childbearing behavior in Japan since the 1960s:an individual level perspective” and Eva Bernhardt (with Disa Bergnehr, Linköping University presented a poster on “Costs and benefits of parenthood in Sweden: quantitative and qualitative evidence”. Gunnar Andersson, Elizabeth Thomson and Ann-Zofie Duvander each chaired a session. Livia Olah was Chair of the Poster Award Committee.
Nordforsk has awarded 900,000 NOK for a researcher network titled "Register-based Life Course Studies: Sociological, Demographic and Economic Perspectives." The network aims at increasing collaboration among users of Nordic population register data by organizing seminars and workshops and by supporting research visits between the Nordic countries. The coordinator of the network is Torkild H. Lyngstad from the University of Oslo and Statistics Norway (and a SUNDEM collaborator). Juho Härkönen from SUDA and SOFI is in the steering committee, together with Marika Jalovaara (University of Helsinki) and Mette Gerster (University of Southern Denmark), both of whom are also international collaborators in SUNDEM.
SUDA congratulates Sunnee Billingsley for being selected as one of the three winners of the International Sociological Association Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists. Sunnee won her award with her paper "Exploring the conditions for a mortality crisis: Bringing context back into the debate". She receives her award at the ISA Conference held in Göteborg during July 2010.
On June 17-19, SUDA was represented by ten of its researchers at the 17th Nordic Demographic Symposium held in Lund. Elizabeth Thomson, Gunnar Andersson, Jan Hoem, Gerda Neyer, Ann-Zofie Duvander and Livia Oláh chaired sessions and many research papers of SUDA members were presented to the Symposium.
Ann-Zofie Duvander presented her paper "Who uses the most parental leave" and Livia Sz. Oláh presented "Parental divorce and gender equality in Sweden". Maria Brandén and Sara Ström presented their paper "Occupation, gender and internal migration, Sweden 1998-2008". Maria Brandén also presented her paper "Gender, gender role attitudes and migration motives - Sweden 1999-2009" and Sara Ström presented her paper "Childbearing behavior in the light of different housing regimes – Sweden 1975-200." Gunnar Andersson presented two papers: "Legal advances and demographic developments of same-sex Unions in Scandinavia", which is co-authored with Turid Noack (Statistics Norway) and "Divorce risks of immigrants in Sweden", co-authored with Kirk Scott (Lund University). Elizabeth Thomson and Helen Eriksson presented their paper "Parental separation in Sweden 1968-2007". Jani Turunen presented "Family structure and emotional well-being among Swedish adolescents 2000-2003". Sven Drefahl presented his paper "The mortality of the married and cohabitating -- The role of socio-economic status" and Sofi Ohlsson presented "Type of occupation and the transition to parenthood in Sweden".
SUDA welcomes Siv Schéele as affiliate of the Department of Sociology. Dr Schéele is senior consultant emerita and now involved in a SUNDEM project at SUDA and the Department of Human Geography on the factors behind commuting and migration within and between Swedish labor-market regions.
SUDA welcomes Marie Berlin as PhD student in Sociological Demography. Marie works at and is sponsored by Socialstyrelsen, The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare. Her PhD project on "School performance, socioeconomic background and long-term outcomes for (vulnerable) children after primary school" is based on data from Swedish health and population registers. Marie is also the secretary of the Swedish Demographic Association
SUDA congratulates Sunnee Billingsley!
Dr. Sunnee Billingsley is a finalist in the Fifth Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists engaged in social research, International Sociological Association. The ISA supports all 2010 conference expenses for finalists in the competition. Congratulations, Sunnee!
SUDA congratulates Maria Brandén on a winning poster!
At the 2010 annual meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA), Maria Brandén won a prize for her poster “Gender, Gender Role Attitudes and Migration Motives -Sweden 1999-2009”. Her study covers whether there are gender differences in the propensity to move for one’s own career and for one’s partner’s career in Sweden, 1999-2009. The results indicate that children function as a larger tie for women’s career migration propensities compared to men’s. Having children also affects men’s career migration negatively, but they continue moving due to career reasons to a much larger extent than women with children do.
Maria Brandén at PAA, 2010
SUDA represented at the 2010 annual meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA)
This year, SUDA was represented at no less than 12 sessions at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA), in Dallas April 15 - 17. Gunnar Andersson presented the papers “Divorce Risks of Immigrants in Sweden”, co-authored with Kirk Scott (Lund University), and " Welfare State Context, Female Earnings and Childbearing", co-authored with Michaela Kreyenfeld (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research). Gerda Neyer presented her paper "Gender Equality and Fertility: Which Equality Matters?", which she co-authors with Trude Lappegård (Statistics Norway) and Daniele Vignoli (University of Florence). Helen Eriksson presented her paper “Are There Gendering Effects of a Gender Neutral Parental Leave Policy?”. Juho Härkönen presented two papers; “The Effects of Birth Order on Educational Transitions in West Germany” and “Masculinity and Health: A Multiple Method Examination of a Sample of African-American Men”, which he co-authors with Waverly Duck (Yale University). Sunnee Billingsley presented her paper ”Downward Mobility, Unemployment and Mortality”. She was also a co-author of the paper “After the First Child: Job Stability and Having Another Child”, with Oxana Sinyavskaya (Russia and Maastricht Graduate School of Governance). Jani Turunen presented his poster “Self-Reported Emotional Well-Being among Adolescents in Swedish Stepfamilies 2000-2003”. Sven Drefahl presented his posters “How Does the Age of a Child Affect Parental Mortality?” and "Socio-economic Status Triggers Differences in Mortality by Living Arrangements and Marital Status". Sofi Ohlsson presented her poster “Type of Occupation and the Transition to Parenthood in Sweden”. Maria Brandén presented two posters: “Gender, Gender Role Attitudes and Migration Motives -Sweden 1999-2009” and “Occupation, Gender and Internal Migration -Sweden 1998-2008” , which she co-authors with Sara Ström.
The Department of Sociology at Stockholm University announces a doctoral position in Sociological Demography. The position is located at the department’s Demography Unit (SUDA). It involves research in the project ”Register-based Research in Nordic Demography”, financed through the Swedish Initiative for research on Microdata in the Social and Medical Sciences (SIMSAM).
Download the application for the position here (pdf.)
SUDA Demographic Colloquium Series, Spring 2010
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The Gender Story of European Family Change
"The Gender Story of European Family Change” open symposium with SUDA’s Livia Oláh as main organizer was held in Stockholm on October 24, 2009. Support from the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS), the Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm, and SUDA is gratefully acknowledged. About 50 participants attended the symposium, contributing with engaging questions and comments.
Kindly see the symposium program, as well as pictures from the event.
SUDA welcome three new PhD students to the crew
SUDA welcome Maria Brandén, Sofi Ohlsson and Martin Kolk as new PhD students in Sociological Demography.
In their dissertation work, Maria is about to study the causes and consequences of regional mobility in a sex segregated labor market, Sofi studies the relationship between occupation, workplace and family dynamics, while Martin focuses on the effects of kinship relations on demographical behavior.
All three base their research on analyses of Swedish register data.
From left: Maria Brandén, Martin Kolk and Sofi Ohlsson.
Master's and Magister Seminars, September 2009
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Karin Lundström "Ungdomars flytt hemifrån - en analys av kohorterna 1965-1985", supervisor Ann-Zofie Duvander, discussant Johan Carlsson-Dahlberg
Linda Kridahl "Parents, time and pre-school - A study on parents’ satisfaction with opening hours at pre-school", supervisors Ann-Zofie Duvander and Paul Fuehrer, discussant Katarina Boye
Li Ma "Social Policy and Childbearing Behaviour in Japan since the 1960s – An Individual Level Perspective", supervisor Gunnar Andersson, discussant Gerda Neyer
SUDA researchers on stage at SPaDE workshop in Stockholm.
On October 6, The Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe, SPaDE, held its first annual workshop with center members, international collaborators and advisory board members present in Stockholm. A crowd of SUDA researchers attended to present their research output for SPaDE from the first year of center activity.
Newcomers and returners at SUDA
SUDA are happy and proud to welcome Gerda Neyer, Juho Härkönen, Sunnee Billingsley, Sven Drefahl, and Jan Hoem to Stockholm and the Demography Unit.
Gerda Neyer is a political scientist who has collaborated in the past with several SUDA demographers. She has a position as senior researcher in the SPaDE Center located at SUDA. Previously she headed the Laboratory of Population and Policy at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, in Rostock.
Juho Härkönen has been a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course at Yale University (CIQLE). He has conducted comparative European research on dual joblessness, socioeconomic differentials in divorce, and the intergenerational transmission of inequality. Juho is a member in the SPaDE Center and SIMSAM project located at SUDA. He also has an appointment in the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
Sunnee Billingsley has a post-doc position in the the SPaDE center and has just received her Ph.D. from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona where she was enrolled at the Department of Political and Social Sciences. Her thesis involves a series of studies on the impact of market reform and political change on demographic behavior in Russia.
Sven Drefahl has a post-doc position in the SIMSAM project at SUDA and is just about to defend his Ph.D. at Rostock University. His thesis involves a series of studies on the association between family relations and mortality. It is based on analyses of Danish register data.
Jan Hoem joins as a visiting Emeritus Professor in Demography. He maintains his emeritus position at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, where he served as Director during most of the last decade. Jan Hoem has conducted research on social policy and childbearing in Sweden and is the founder of the Stockholm University Demography Unit.
Invitation to open symposium on The Gender Story of European Family Change, 24th of October
Invitation to open symposium on:
The Gender Story of European Family Change
Time: Saturday, 24th of October, 2009; 10.00 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
Place: Radisson SAS Royal Viking Hotel, Vasagatan 1, Stockholm.
Contact person: Livia Olah (tel: 08- 16 2876, e-mail: email@example.com)
Family patterns have changed dramatically in Europe since the 1960s, as people increasingly refrained from long-term commitments with respect to couple relationships and childbearing. Yet, only some countries display fertility rates below a critical level, often along with lower female employment rates than elsewhere. Why? Do gender relations matter, and if yes, how? Can societies and policy-makers cope with the challenges of new family patterns; can we sustain the welfare state in the future? A better understanding of key mechanisms, which we aim to help with here, is certainly a first step.
SUDA represented at IUSSP's international conference in Marrakech, Morocco
Many of the personnel at SUDA where present at The XXVI IUSSP International Population Conference in Marrakech, Morocco. The staff at SUDA chaired two sessions, did seven presentations and presented four posters during the week of the conference.
From left: Elizabeth Thomson, Sara Thalberg, Jani Turunen, Sofi Ohlsson, Helen Eriksson, Maria Brandén, Ann-Zofie Duvander, and Sara Ström
Livia Oláh keynote speaker in Tokyo, Japan
Livia Olah was invited as the keynote speaker of a symposium in connection with the 36th Int. Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition 2009, Tokyo, Japan, 30 September 2009. The title of her lecture is: “The evaluation and challenges of European countries’ countermeasures against the declining birthrates: The changes of the lifestyle and the social security system”.
Livia Oláh to discuss “The new challenges of parenthood”
Livia Olah was invited as a panellist to discuss “The new challenges of parenthood” (panel 2) at the conference “Children’s rights in the family” [Barnens rätt i familjen], organized by the Dept. of Social Affairs and the Children’s Ombudsman in Stockholm, on September 23, 2009
SUDA Demographic Colloquium Series, Fall 2009 -Full schedule
Downlod the full schedule for this fall's colloquium series here (updated October 22)
SUDA's Livia Oláh interviewed by BBC World Service
Click on the link below for full interview, broadcasted in the program Europe Today, on Friday 24 July 2009 (the discussion on low fertility starts at 24:10).
Donation grants received by four of SUDA’s Ph.D. students
Sara Thalberg, Sofi Ohlsson, Jani Turunen and Maria Brandén have received donation grants from the faculty of social sciences, 2009-2010. Thalberg, Ohlsson and Brandén receive their grants in order to finance travelling to Marrakech and present papers at this years’ IUSSP meeting, whereas Turunen receives his grant to finance a new computer.
SUDA's Helen Eriksson awarded for best thesis of the year
Uppsala Political Science Association has awarded Helen Eriksson, research analyst at SUDA, for best thesis 2008/09. She receives the award for her magister thesis in Political Science, which later has resulted in the working paper “Is Economy Most Important? – A study of economic incentives for using temporary parental leave for care of sick children”, published by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, Working Papers in Social Insurance 2009:1.
Master’s and Magister Seminars, June 2009
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Monday June 15, 15-17, B900
Alessandra Carioli ”The role of unobserved heterogeneity in transition to higher parity: evidence from Italy using Multiscopo survey”, supervisor Elizabeth Thomson, discussant Gittan Lindström
Maria Brandén “Occupational branch, educational level and gender differences in regional mobility – Sweden 1998-2003“, supervisor Sara Ström, discussant Charlotta Hedberg
Wednesday June 17, 13-15, B900
Martin Kolk “Fertility in Nineteenth Century northern Sweden: Deliberate Birth Spacing in a High Fertility Population“, supervisor Gunnar Andersson, discussant Sören Edvinsson
Sofi Ohlsson ”Trend reversal in marriage in Sweden”, supervisor Gunnar Andersson, discussant Gerda Neyer
SUDA represented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA)
This year, SUDA was represented at no less than six sessions at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA), in Detroit April 30 – May 2. Elizabeth Thomson was chair for the session “Methodological Challenges in Studies of Couples and Families”. Further Jennifer Holland (University of Wisconsin at Madison) presented the paper “New Partners, New Children in Sweden”, which she co-authors with Thomson. Eva Bernhardt and Livia Oláh co-authored “Parental Divorce and Gender Equality in Sweden” with Frances Goldscheider (Brown University) and Michael Gähler (Stockholm University). Gunnar Andersson was discussant in the session “Mobility Decisions and Fertility Decisions”. He also was co-author of the paper “High Suburban Fertility: Evidence from Four Northern European Countries”, with Hill Kulu (University of Liverpool) and Paul J. Boyle (University of St Andrews). Sofi Ohlsson presented her poster “Trend Reversal in Marriage in Sweden” and Jani Turunen presented his poster “Entering a Stepfamily - Family Reconstitution in Sweden 1970-2000”.
Congratulations to Professor Gunnar Andersson
On May 1st SUDA's Gunnar Andersson became a Professor of Demography. Pictures can be found here.
Workshop on Employment Uncertainty and Family Dynamics in Berlin, July 3 and 4 2009
This summer, Gunnar Andersson (SUDA), Michaela Kreyenfeld (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research) and Ariane Pailhé (French National Institute for Demographic Studies) are organizing a workshop on Employment Uncertainty and Family Dynamics.
SUDA researchers presenting at the Demography Day at Statistics Sweden, May 14 2009
Several SUDA researchers are presenting their work at the Demography Day at Statistics Sweden. Gunnar Andersson is the first keynote speaker of the morning session – he will talk about childbearing in the period of economic crisis. Ann-Zofie Duvander will lead the morning session and the panel debate ending that. Livia Olah is the convenor of the afternoon seminar on research, where Eva Bernhardt and Sara Thalberg will present their most recent projects – these are the Swedish Young Adult Panel Study and students’ childbearing in Sweden, respectively.
Livia Oláh’s visit at the Estonian Interuniversity Population Research Centre, Tallinn, April 2-3 2009
Livia Oláh visited the Estonian Interuniversity Population Research Centre, Tallinn, on April 2-3, 2009. She presented a recent co-authored project, she is working on with prof. emerita Eva Bernhardt, prof. emerita Frances Goldscheider and docent Michael Gähler, on parental divorce and childen’s gender attitudes in adulthood, at a seminar organized by the Estonian Demographic Association.
Professor emerita Eva Bernhardt in Barcelona April 13-26
Professor emerita Eva Bernhardt will be in Barcelona April 13-26, as a guest lecturer for a graduate seminar at the Demographic Research Center of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Her teaching will be focussed on the YAPS project, both the survey itself and the various research projects using YAPS data that have been carried out so far.
Three PhD positions in Sociological Demography
The Department of Sociology at Stockholm University announces three doctoral positions in Sociological Demography. The positions are located at SUDA. Two of the positions involve research in the project ”Register-based Research in Nordic Demography”, financed through the Swedish Initiative for research on Microdata in the Social and Medical Sciences (SIMSAM). The third position involves research in a project supported by FAS with the title “Welfare, Labor-market Status and Family Dynamics”
More info on http://www.suda.su.se/courses_sub_doctoral.asp
http://www.suda.su.se/simsam up and running
The web page for the newly initiated research project ”Register-based Research in Nordic Demography”, financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) through the Swedish Initiative for research on Microdata in the Social and Medical Sciences (SIMSAM), is now up and running.
Have a look at http://www.suda.su.se/simsam
SUDA demographic colloquium series, spring 2009
One two-year post-doctoral position announced
The Department of Sociology / Stockholm University Demography Unit announces a two-year post-doctoral position in the project ”Register-based Research in Nordic Demography”, financed through the Swedish Initiative for research on Microdata in the Social and Medical Sciences (SIMSAM). The position is for the period 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2011 or as otherwise agreed. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to bring along plans for his/her own demographic research based on Swedish register data, to collaborate intensively with other project members, and contribute to the development of register-based research.
The closing date for applications, by which time all materials must be submitted, is April 15, 2009.
Two more grants to SUDA; congratulations to Gunnar Andersson and Sara Ström
On December 4 Vetenskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council) announced a five-year research support to “Register-based Research in Nordic Demography”, directed by Associate Professor Gunnar Andersson. The research will be financed through The Swedish Initiative for research on Microdata in the Social and Medical Sciences (SIMSAM), with aim to conduct research based on the extensive, and from an international perspective unique, Swedish population registers.
Ph.D Sara Ström has received a grant from IFAU (the Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation) to conduct register based research on “Occupational Characteristics and the Gendered causes of Internal Migration”.
Two substantial FAS grants to SUDA this year; congratulations to Eva Bernhardt and Gunnar Andersson
Two SUDA scholars recently received substantial grants from FAS (Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research). Professor Eva Bernhardt was awarded a three-year grant, "Equality in the home and modern family patterns: Analyses of Swedish panel data in the 21st century."
Associate Professor Gunnar Andersson received a three-year grant to conduct research on "Welfare, labor market attachment and family dynamics".
Guest lecturers from abroad at the Population Processes course
SUDA demographic colloquium series, fall 2008
The schedule for this fall's SUDA colloquium series is now set. This term, the series can be seen as the start of the new, SUDA based, Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe (see news on Linnaeus grant below). Hence, most of the presentations are related to research performed within the centre.
Linnaeus grant to SUDA
On June 18, The Swedish Research Council, Vetenskapsrådet, announced long term research support to a new Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe. The new center will be hosted at the Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA) and be directed by Professor Elizabeth Thomson. It brings together experts on social policy and family demography from the Department of Sociology, the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), and the Department of Human Geography at Stockholm University. The research center also involves a number of international scholars.
In their motivation, the Research Council stressed that this new center offers the possibility to combine expertise in social policy with that in demography, which provides the basis for much better insight into various links between social and family policy and family-demographic behavior. On the international research scene, the center will profit from its access to excellent Nordic population-register data.
The launch of the YAPS homepage
The homepage of the SUDA based longitudinal database 'Young Adult Panel Study' (YAPS, previously known as 'Familj och arbetsliv på 2000-talet') is up and running. Please visit it at http://www.suda.su.se/yaps/
Congratulations to Ann-Zofie Duvander
January 21 SUDA's Ann-Zofi Duvander became a docent (associate professor). Pictures of the celebration of her can be found here.
Visitors at SUDA
Currently we have three Ph. D. Students visiting SUDA; Arieke Rijken from the Netherlands, Jennifer Holland from the United States and Kenneth Aarskaug Wiik from Norway. More information about them and their areas of interest can be found here.
Two new courses this semester; Research methods (Master's thesis proposal) and Data Preparation for Life Course Analysis (using STATA).
SUDA proudly presents two new courses this semester. Research methods (Master's thesis proposal) is directed to master's students in demography or other disciplines and is on half time during the latter part of the semester. More information can be found here. Data Preparation for Life Course Analysis (using STATA) is directed to students in sociology, economics, demography, or political science who have a basic understanding of event history techniques. More information can be found here and here.
Cohort study "Familj och arbetsliv på 2000-talet" transferred to SUDA with increased subsidies from FAS
This unique cohort study following young Swedes into adulthood is about to enter it's third phase of data collection. The project is conducted by SUDA's prominent collaborator, professor emeritus Eva Bernhard.
2007- 11- 15
Re-launch of SRRD (Stockholm Research Reports in Demography)
After some quiet years we are now proud to re-launch our famous SRRD series with four brand new reports. The reports are available for downloading.
2007- 09- 15
Fall Seminars Series
Note that the first hour is devoted to presentation of the lecturer and is open for everyone to attend, and the second hour is intended for student discussion.
Demography Colloquium Series
SUDA has the pleasure to lauch a new Demography Colloquium Series that gives SUDA scholars the opportunity to present their work at the early stages of its development and to receive comments and suggestions from colleagues. Schedule
Advanced Demographic Methods: An Introduction to Event-history Analysis
After a pause of several years, SUDA once more offers an introduction to event-history techniques. During this fall, we provide a course with training in analyses of duration data. The course comprises lectures and computer-based exercises based on different types of demographic data.
The course is provided in English and at half time during weeks 40-49 2007. Application deadline September,15. More information
Family Dynamics in a Changing Europe
SUDA offers a transatlantic course in European Family Dynamics in cooperation with University of Wisconsin-Madison with parallel sessions at UW-Madison and Stockholm University. Lectures will be given by prominent international experts in the field and transmitted by means of video conferences across the Atlantic, with some lecturers appearing live in Stockholm and some in Wisconsin. Students at both universities will participate in course discussions.
The course is provided in English and at half time during weeks 39-50 2007. Application deadline September,10. More information
The Demography Unit at the Department of Sociology offers a two-year multidisciplinary Master Programme in Demography in cooperation with the Departments of Economics, Economic History, Human Geography and Statistics starting the fall semester of 2007.
Also starting the fall semester of 2007 is a one-year Interdisciplinary Magister Course in Demography.