2010-12-08 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.

2010-11-18 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).

2010-10-20 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.

2010-10-20 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.

2010-10-01 New PhD students

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.

2010-10-01 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: SUNDEM 2015 Workshop Program (140 Kb)


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.

2010-06-29 Sunnee Billingsley one of three winners in competition

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.


2010-04-28 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.

2010-04-28 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.