Demography as Stockholm University “leading research area”

The Social Science Faculty has finished another round of appointing official “leading research areas” of Stockholm University. Demography is a leading research area also with the new slightly more relaxed criteria.
We are delighted to constitute a group of colleagues whose work brings the recognition of this SU distinction, and especially to have the explicit recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of our work. This is where the future of demography and of social science research is!

2014-11-26 Kieron Barclay defends his PhD Thesis

Kieron defends his PhD Thesis “The Long-term Impact of Birth Order on Health and Educational Attainment” on Friday December 19, 2014. Place and time: room B3 at Södra husen, Frescati, at 10:00. Discussant is Irma Elo from the University of Pennsylvania.

The thesis is produced in the Sociology Series, it is available in print at the Department of Sociology.

2014-11-19 Sunnee Billingsley appointed Docent

SUDA congratulate Sunnee Billingsley for being promoted to Docent (Associate Professor) in Sociology at Stockholm University.


SUDA congratulate Elizabeth Thomson for new project grant from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).

Betty receives support for a project based on GGS-data on co-residence and family complexity in Sweden. The project will run during 2015-2018 with a budget of 5.428 M SEK.

Eva Bernhardt, Kelly Musick, Johan Carlsson Dahlberg, Jennifer Holland and Kenneth Aarskaug Wiik will also work in the project.


Martin Kolk defends his PhD Thesis in Sociological Demography

Martin defends his PhD Thesis “Multigenerational Processes in Demography” on Saturday October 4, 2014. Place and time: room A2 at Södra husen, Frescati, at 13:00.
Discussant is Michael Murphy from London School of Economics.

The thesis is available in print at SUDA and at


SUDA congratulate Li Ma for the successful defense of her PhD Thesis on Female Employment and Fertility Change in South Korea.

For the next year Li Ma remains active in SUDA and SPaDE with a shift of her postdoctoral research towards a focus on family change in urban China.


SUDA welcome Professor Kelly Musick to a sabbatical in Stockholm. Kelly has sabbatical leave from the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. She will stay with SUDA for a full year of research and research collaboration. You will find Kelly in room B864.


SUDA congratulate Lesia Nedoluzhko for being awarded a post-doctoral position with Gösta Esping-Andersen’s team at Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Lesia will begin her employment in Barcelona during October 2014.


New postdoctoral stipend to Charlotte Björkenstam

SUDA congratulates Charlotte Björkenstam for support from the Swedish Society for Medical Research for two additional years of postdoctoral research.

Charlotte has a recent PhD from KI and is currently outgoing SUDA-Postdoc at the UCLA. Her postdoctoral project focuses on health related behaviors of sexual minorities in Sweden and California.

2014-07-07 Li Ma defends her PhD Thesis

Li Ma defends her PhD Thesis “Female Employment and Fertility Change in South Korea” on Friday August 29, 2014. Place and time: room B3 at Södra husen, Frescati, at 13:00.
Discussant is Jim Raymo from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The thesis is available in print at SUDA and at http://su.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?searchId=1&pid=diva2:719388.


The bi-annual European Population Conference took place at Budapest, June 25-28, 2014. It was organized by the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) and the Hungarian Demographic Research Institute (HDRI). As is usually the case at the EPC, SUDA was very well represented. Here is a list of our presentations in Budapest, with links to short abstracts:

Commuter mobility: an indicator of municipality attraction, Siv Schéele, SUDA; Gunnar Andersson, SUDA

New patterns in first marriage formation in South Korea, Li Ma, SUDA; Gunnar Andersson, SUDA; Gerda Neyer, SUDA

Does family size affect the mortality risk? Evidence from Swedish registers, Anna Baranowska-Rataj, Umeå University; Kieron Barclay, SUDA; Martin Kolk, SUDA

Sibling set order and educational attainment: evidence from fully adopted sibling groups, Kieron Barclay, SUDA

Perceived fairness and conflicts about home tasks in a gender-equal discourse: a typology of Swedish couples, Eva Bernhardt, SUDA; Maria Brandén, SUDA; Leah Ruppanner, University of Melbourne

The importance of job characteristics to women’s fertility intentions and behavior in Russia, Oxana Sinyavskaya, Universiteit Maastricht; Sunnee Billingsley, SUDA

Family migration in cross-national comparative perspective: project aims and first results for Australia, Britain, Germany and Sweden, Sergi Vidal, University of Queensland; Francisco Perales, University of Queensland; Philipp Lersch, Tilburg University; Maria Brandén, SUDA

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

Educational institutions as mating markets, Juho Härkönen, SUDA; Margarita Chudnovskaya, SUDA

Age-heterogeneous couples and their children – testing the transmission of demographic behaviors, Sven Drefahl, SUDA

Incentive or obstacle? The use of parental leave of immigrant mothers, Ann-Zofie Duvander, SUDA; Eleonora Mussino, SUDA

Nordic family policy and union dissolution, Trude Lappegard, Statistics Norway and SUDA; Ann-Zofie Duvander, SUDA; Synøve N. Andersen, Statistics Norway; Olof Gardarsdottir, University of Iceland; Gerda R. Neyer, SUDA; Ida Viklund, SUDA

Childbearing intentions and economic uncertainty in contemporary Europe, Susanne Fahlén, SUDA; Livia Olah, SUDA

Intermarriage and mortality: Evidence from Sweden, Karen Haandrikman, Stockholm University; Ognjen Obucina, SUDA

The causal effect of another sibling on own fertility – an estimation of intergenerational fertility correlations by looking at siblings of twins, Martin Kolk, SUDA

Do grandchildren influence retirement? The presence of grandchildren and the geographical distance between grandparents and grandchildren at retirement transition, Linda Kridahl, SUDA

Employment impacts on partnership and parenthood entry in different family-policy regimes, Michael S. Rendall, University of Maryland; Alessandra De Rose, Università di Roma "La Sapienza"; Ann Evans, Australian National University; Edith E. Gray, Australian National University; Doris Hanappi, University of California, Berkeley and Université de Lausanne; Frauke Kreute, University of Maryland; Trude Lappegard, Statistics Norway and SUDA; Lori Reeder, University of Maryland; Marit Rønsen, Statistics Norway; Olivier Thevenon, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED); Laurent Toulemon, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED)

Dimensions and determinants of immigrant integration: the role of origin and settlement, Eleonora Mussino, SUDA; Salvatore Strozza, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II; Laura Terzera, Università degli Studi di Milano

After Swedish Intermarriage, Ognjen Obucina, SUDA

Swedish men´s fertility intentions and behaviours, Gayle Kaufman, Davidson College, Livia Oláh, SUDA

Family composition and union dissolution among families with children in Sweden, Livia Oláh, SUDA; Jani Turunen, SUDA

Mother tongue, host country income and return migration, Kirk Scott, Lund University, IFS and SUDA; Jan M. Saarela, University of Helsinki and Åbo Akademi University

EU-policies and fertility: the emergence and implementation of fertility issues at the supra-national level, Gerda R. Neyer, SUDA; Arianna Caporali, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED); Nora Sánchez Gassen, University of Southampton.

The following work was presented at poster sessions:

Gender ideology among ever-married women in Turkey: the pervasive strength of patriarchy?, Ilknur Yüksel-Kaptanoglu, Hacettepe University; Eva Bernhardt, SUDA

Who is more likely to give their children a head start in life? Explaining seasonal variations in births, Johan Dahlberg, SUDA

2014-06-30 Successful evaluation of SPaDE

SPaDE's mid-term evaluation has been successful.  The evaluation panel for the Swedish Research Council wrote:  "Swedish studies in demography and social policy in Europe are strong and SPaDE is one of the main research groups in Europe. SPaDE is an excellent research environment with specific opportunities for future research. SPaDE is an established, dynamic and productive research centre and one of the world leading centres in population studies." Funding will be maintained at 7 mkr per year through June 2018.


SUDA will soon be joined by Kathrin Morosow as a new PhD candidate in Sociological Demography.
Kathrin has a solid Master’s degree in Demography from Rostock University and will focus her PhD project on intergenerational transmissions of demographic behavior. She will join SUDA on September 1, 2014.


The Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America took place in Boston, May 1-3. SUDA’s participation was very successful: as many as nineteen of our researchers and doctoral students participated in the conference. And here is the list of papers, with links to abstracts.

Long-Term Effects of Gender Role Attitudes on the Transition to Parenthood: Do Egalitarian Men Catch up? • Eva Bernhardt, SUDA; Jani Turunen, SUDA.

Sharing the Caring: Negotiations, Satisfaction and Their Consequences • Maria Brandén, Stockholm University; Sofi Ohlsson-Wijk, SUDA.

Nordic Family Policy and Union Dissolution • Trude Lappegård, Statistics Norway and SUDA; Ann-Zofie Duvander, SUDA.

The Transition Generation’s Entrance to Parenthood: Patterns across 19 Post-Socialist Countries • Sunnee Billingsley, SUDA; Aija Duntava, SUDA.

I Can’t Get No Satisfaction: Gender Attitudes, Housework Divisions, and Partnership Satisfaction • Leah Ruppanner, University of Melbourne; Maria Brandén, SUDA

Childbearing Intentions and Economic Uncertainty in Contemporary Europe • Susanne Fahlén, Stockholm University; Livia Olah, SUDA

Educational Institutions as Mating Markets • Juho Härkönen, SUDA; Margarita Chudnovskaya, SUDA.

Father Involvement and Fertility in Norway • Trude Lappegård, Statistics Norway and SUDA; Tom Kornstad, Statistics Norway.

EU-Policies and Fertility: The Emergence and Implementation of Fertility Issues at the Supra-National Level • Gerda R. Neyer, SUDA; Arianna Caporali, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED); Nora Sánchez Gassen, University of Southampton.

Family Composition and Union Dissolution among Families with Children in Sweden • Livia Olah, SUDA; Jani Turunen, SUDA.

Grandchildren Influence Retirement? The Presence of Grandchildren and the Geographical Distance between Grandparents and Grandchildren at Retirement Transition • Linda Kridahl, SUDA.

The following papers were presented in poster sessions:

Women’s Household Income Contributions and Higher-Order Births in the United States • Alison Gemmill, University of California, Berkeley; Margarita Chudnovskaya, SUDA; Peter Hepburn, University of California, Berkeley.

Age-Heterogeneous Couples and Their Children: Testing the Transmission of Demographic Behaviors • Sven Drefahl, SUDA

Dizygotic Twinning and Fecundity – Is There an Association between a Family History of Twinning and Birth Intervals in Contemporary Sweden? • Martin Kolk, SUDA

Neonatal and Infant Mortality under Violent Conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo • Elina Lindskog, SUDA.

Dimensions and Determinants of Immigrant Integration: The Role of Origin and Settlement • Eleonora Mussino, SUDA; Salvatore Strozza, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II; Laura Terzera, Università degli Studi di Milano - Bicocca.

incentive or Obstacle? The Use of Parental Leave of Immigrant Mothers • Eleonora Mussino, SUDA; Ann-Zofie Duvander, SUDA.

Parity and Mortality amongst Biological and Adoptive Parents in Contemporary Sweden • Kieron Barclay, SUDA

The Causal Effect of Another Sibling on Own Fertility – an Estimation of Intergenerational Fertility Correlations by Looking at Siblings of Twins • Martin Kolk, SUDA.

Mother Tongue, Host Country Income and Return Migration: A Study Using Merged Cross-Country Register Data • Kirk A. Scott, Lund University, IFS and SUDA; Jan M. Saarela, University of Helsinki and Åbo Akademi University.

Rate of Ageing of the Chinese Oldest-Old and Its Determinants • Kuangshi Huang, China Population and Development Research Center; Zhuo Chen, China Population and Development Research Center; Xuying Zhang, China Population and Development Research Center; Jiehua Lu, Beijing University; Kirk A. Scott, Lund University, IFS and SUDA.


On January 16, 2014, SUDA was voted into the consortium behind the European Doctoral School of Demography. As a result, SUDA will have a voice in the future development of a European-wide training program for early-stage PhD students in demography and demography-related fields.

2014-01-20 Maria Brandén new PhD in Sociological Demography

On January 17th, 2014, Maria Brandén successfully defended her PhD Thesis “Gendered Migration Patterns within a Sex Segregated Labor Market”. Discussant was Hill Kulu of Liverpool University. The assessment committee was composed by distinguished experts in Demography, Sociology and Human Geography.