Lund (SOCH)

The School of Social Work (SOCH) has approximately 1,200 undergraduate students and 30 PhD candidates. The academic staff is composed of 5 full professors, 6 associate professors and approx. 40 lecturers. In a recently completed international evaluation of the University’s complete research portfolio, SOCH’s research was ranked as excellent (2008). Today, it covers research on comparative social policy, support measures during the life course, organisation of social work, and voluntary and user organisations. The department has extensive experience of comparative research projects, funded by national research council’s and different framework programmes.

Lund University (LU) is one of Northern Europe’s largest Institutions for Research and Higher Education ( LU has a significant experience from EU Research and has signed approximately 250 contracts within the FP6 and so far more than 100 contracts within FP7. The University has specialised units for supporting researchers participating in EU-funded projects, e.g. the Research Services Office helps researchers with all administrative, budgeting and reporting issues occurring in an EU project and the University’s Legal Advisers are specialised in issues concerning all legal aspects of EU projects (e.g. EU Consortium Agreements, Intellectual Property Rights and for negotiations with European colleagues on behalf of Lund University).

Håkan Johansson

PhD, Associate Professor, will be responsible for the Swedish team. He works as a senior researcher in social work and has worked at several Swedish universities and been visiting scholar at Bath university (UK). He participates in several research networks relevant to the welfare policies in Europe, e.g. ASPEN, ESPANET, ISA/RC19 and is a member in two Nordic centres of excellence on welfare ( His research interests are comparative social policy, civil society, and unemployment and activation policy. Recent research projects have been funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, national research councils and ministries.

Max Koch

Max KochPhD, Professor, held positions at leading research universities such as Queen’s University Belfast and the Free University Berlin, before joining Lund University. He has also been a Visiting Fellow in Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Max Koch participates in several international networks in sociology and political economy. An ongoing theme of Professor Koch’s research has been the ways in which political and economic restructuring are reflected in the social structure with an emphasis on welfare and employment relations and in comparative perspective. More recently, he has started to combine these research interests with political ecology. He has also started to carry out research on synergies in climate change and social policies in a European context. Koch’s professional affiliations include memberships of the International Sociological Association (Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy, Research Committee 19), the European Sociological Association (Research Network ‚Critical Political Economy‘), the Industrial Relations in Europe (IREC) network and the Climate Change Study Group of the British Sociological Association. Forthcoming and recent publications include ‚The Destandardization of Employment in the EU‘ (forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan, coedited with Martin Fritz), ‚Capitalism and Climate Change – Theoretical discussion, Historical Development and Policy Responses‘ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), ‚Diversity, Standardization and Social Transformation: Gender, Ethnicity and Inequality in Europe‘ ( Ashgate, 2011, coedited with Lesley McMillan and Bram Peper) and ‚Roads to Post-Fordism: Labour Markets and Social Structures in Europe‘, (Ashgate, 2006).

Anna Angelin

Anna AngelinPhD, is a researcher who has specialized in studies of child- poverty as well as  unemployment and vulnerable young people in relation to social exclusion and long-term dependency on social assistance. She is currently working in a Nordic comparative research project on unemployment, establishment patterns and financial difficulties among young adults and also work with a research study on municipal strategies for reduction of child poverty. In parallel, she has been responsible for a university course with a participatory profile in which service users are included as students and study together with social work students. She currently holds a post-doc postion at School of Social Work, Lund university. Her research projects have been funded by national research council FAS and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Alexandru Panican

Alexandru panicanPhD, Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, Lunds University, Sweden. Panican received his PhD in social work 2007. His research focuses on citizenship, social rights and social justice, poverty, social exclusion and youth unemployment, education at upper-secondary level and studies on school to work transitions for young adults. Panican is working in comparative Nordic projects and he is coordinator for a national network devoted to social science research on youth unemployment and education system, particular in the vocational training system. Recent research projects have been funded by national research councils and the Nordic Council of Ministers.