2013-12-02 New SUDA postdoc

Charlotte Björkenstam.
Charlotte Björkenstam.

SUDA congratulates Charlotte Björkenstam to a one-year postdoctoral stipend from the Wenner-Gren Foundations. Charlotte has a recent PhD from KI and will now act as outgoing SUDA-Postdoc at the UCLA.

Her postdoctoral project focuses on health related behaviors of sexual minorities in Sweden and California.








Stockholm University SIMSAM Node for Demographic Research (SUNDEM) receives renewed funding for 2014-2018

On November 4, the Swedish Research Council, Vetenskapsrådet, announced the research groups that will receive support during 2014-2018 via the Swedish Initiative for research on Microdata in the Social and Medical Sciences (SIMSAM).

SUNDEM was awarded the maximum possible amount of 5.0 M SEK per year in 2014-2018 (25.0 M SEK in total). The demographers and geographers at SUNDEM are very excited about the prospects of five more productive years of register-based demographic research!


A new book on childbearing, women's employment and work-life balance policies has been published. It is edited by Livia Sz. Oláh (SUDA) and Ewa Fratczak. This edited volume addresses the importance of labor force attachment on young women's fertility plans (intentions, desires) in the context of increased labor market flexibility and differences in work-life balance policies across Europe in the early 21st century. The synthesis of the findings shows how childbearing choices in relation to uncertainty, risk and incoherence offer a lens for understanding the capabilities of families to have and care for children in contemporary Europe. The volume contributes to the conceptual development of further research on the complex relationship between fertility, paid work and work-life balance policies. More information available here.

2013-10-22 Sara Thalberg defends her PhD Thesis

Sara Thalberg defends her PhD Thesis on Students and Family Formation on November 15, 2013. Place and time: De Geersalen, Geovetenskapens hus, at 13:00. The Thesis is available in print at SUDA.

2013-10-16 Jani Turunen new PhD in Sociological Demography

SUDA congratulates Jani Turunen for the successful defense on October 11, 2013, of his thesis "Stepfamily Dynamics in Sweden: Essays on family structure and children´s wellbeing".

Jani remains at SUDA for postdoctoral research in the FP7 project Families and Societies and in a new FORTE project on family structures in Sweden.

2013-10-16 FORTE grant to SUDA

SUDA congratulates Gunnar Andersson, Martin Kolk and Jani Turunen for a new research grant from FORTE. They receive 3.03 M SEK during 2014-2016 for a project on family structures in Sweden during the past 250 years.


Frances Goldscheider, who is to be awarded an honorary doctorate, will give a lecture during her stay at Stockholm University.

The Forest and the trees: Industrialization, demographic change, and the ongoing gender revolution in the US and Sweden, 1870-2010

Date: 01 October 2013, 3.00 - 5.00 PM
Venue: F3154

Frances Goldscheider is currently College Park Professor at the University of Maryland, USA. Previously she was active for many years at the Population Studies and Training Center, Brown University. Her sociological and demographic research has focused on fertility and family dynamics from a gender perspective, including structural factors and the changing role of the family, in the US and in Sweden. She has published numerous articles and books within the general field of family demography.

Link to Frances Goldscheider's CV here (pdf)


Eleonora Mussino
Eleonora Mussino

On September 27 2013, Frances Goldscheider will be appointed Honorary Doctor at Stockholm University. The ceremony takes place in the City Hall.

The awarding of an honorary doctorate is an expression of the University´s appreciation of outstanding contributions in one or more of the University´s areas of academic activity.


SUDA welcomes Eleonora Mussino as new post-doctoral researcher, affiliated with the SIMSAM and SPaDE centers located at our unit.

Eleonora has a PhD from Sapienza, University of Rome with a PhD project on immigrant fertility in Italy based on administrative data. Eleonora will now pursue her research agenda on the interaction of immigrant integration and family demographic events in Sweden and Italy.


SUDA was strongly represented at the IUSSP International Population Conference, which took place in Busan, Korea, from August 26 to August 31. SUDA researchers presented a wide range of papers, which attracted great attention from the international audience. The SUDA booth at the conference was very well attended. SUDA’s participation could not end more gloriously, as the closing ceremony was marked by Gunnar Andersson’s reception of the 2013 IUSSP-Mattei Dogan Foundation Award for Comparative Research in Demography and a short speech by Gunnar.

Below is a list of papers, with links to abstracts, presented by SUDA’s researchers.

Arranged and forced marriages in Kyrgyzstan: Persistence or change?
Lesia Nedoluzhko (SUDA); Victor Agadjanian (Arizona State University)

EU-Policies and Fertility: The Emergence and Implementation of Fertility Issues at the Supra-national Level
Gerda Neyer (SUDA); Arianna Caporali (INED); Nora Elisa Sanchez Gassen (SUDA)

A Life Course Perspective on Geographical Distance to Siblings, Parents and Grandparents in Sweden
Martin Kolk (SUDA)

Socioeconomic background and children's shared residence in Sweden
Alma Wennemo Lanninger (Stockholm University); Jani Turunen (SUDA)

Swedish men’s fertility intentions and behaviors
Gayle Kaufman (Davidson College); Livia Olah (SUDA)

Gender Roles and family stability: the influence of a more active
Ann-Zofie Duvander (SUDA); Trude Lappegard (Statistics Norway)

Family composition and union dissolution among families with children in Sweden
Livia Olah (SUDA); Jani Turunen (SUDA)

Socioeconomic status and sex ratios at birth in contemporary Sweden. No evidence for a TriversWillard effect using longitudinal register data across a wide range of status indicators
Sebastian Schnettler (University of Konstanz); Martin Kolk (SUDA)

Women’s household income contributions and higher-order births in the United States
Alison Gemmill (University of California, Berkeley); Margarita Chudnovskaya (SUDA); Peter Scholfield Hepburn (University of California, Berkeley)

Investing in women: challenges and priorities
Gerda Neyer (SUDA)

Feminist Perspectives on Motherhood and Assisted Reproduction
Gerda Neyer (SUDA); Laura Bernardi (University of Lausanne)

Labor force participation, family policy change and second birth rates in South Korea
Li Ma (SUDA)

Do adoptive parents differ? A study of dissolution risk among biological and adoptive parents in Sweden
Ida Viklund (SUDA); Ann-Zofie Duvander (SUDA)

The following papers were presented in poster sessions:

The geography of relationships in Sweden: Developments in geographical proximity between couples and their parents, 1980-2007
Margarita Chudnovskaya (SUDA); Martin Kolk (SUDA)

Who has Greatest Expectations? Expected Consequences of Union Formation across Europe
Kenneth Wiik (Statistics Norway); Eva M. Bernhardt (SUDA)

Birth Order and Mortality: Evidence from Swedish Register Data
Kieron J Barclay (SUDA); Martin Kolk (SUDA)

Migration and divorce in Sweden: Evidence from population registers
Kirk Scott (Lund University/SUDA); Gunnar Andersson (SUDA)

The Contextual Database of the Generations & Gender Programme: Harmonized Data for the Analysis of Demographic Decision-Making
Arianna Caporali (INED); Sebastian Klusener (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research); Gerda Neyer (SUDA); Sandra Krapf (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research); Olga Grigorieva (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research)

Family migration and gender differentials in income -The impact of occupational segregation
Maria Branden (SUDA)

Shared physical custody and children’s experience of stress
Jani Turunen (SUDA)

Violent Conflict and Sexual Behavior in Rwanda: A possible pathway of HIV transmission
Elina Elveborg Lindskog (SUDA)

2013-09-04 Succession of Head of SUDA

From Sept 1, 2013, Gunnar Andersson takes over as Head of Stockholm University Demography Unit. Former Head Elizabeth Thomson remains active as Director of SPaDE.


The EU-project FamiliesAndSocieties that started in February 2013 has launched the website www.familiesandsocieties.eu

The website provides information about the main objectives of the project and its conceptual framework, the consortium and the management structure, publications and other project-related news. The website also offers the possibility for the interested public to sign up for regular update on the project.

2013-06-03 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: Symposium Program (606 Kb) (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.

2013-03-13 FamiliesAndSocieties Kick-Off 

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.


Ida Viklund
Ida Viklund

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.





2013-02-04 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.

Link to press release in Swedish here and in English here.


Nora Sanchez
Nora Sanchez

SUDA welcomes Nora Sánchez 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.