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Mattias Bengtsson

Senior lecturer

Mattias Bengtsson
Senior lecturer
mattias.bengtsson@socav.gu.se
+46 31 786 4778

Room number: F412
Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 41122 Göteborg


Department of Sociology and Work Science (More Information)
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg
www.socav.gu.se
socav@socav.gu.se
Fax: +46 31 786 4764
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 411 22 Göteborg

About Mattias Bengtsson

MATTIAS BENGTSSON is Associate Professor of Sociology. He received his PhD in sociology from the University of Gothenburg in 2008 with the dissertation ‘The individual is clocking in: A sociological illumination of work, the trade union and pay’, in which processes of individualization in Swedish working life is studied. 

Specialist Fields
Main research fields are labour market and welfare policies, industrial relations, and sociology of retirement. Theoretical departures in Bengtsson's research are class perspectives, existential sociology, and political sociology.

Mattias Bengtsson is Associate Professor in Sociology. He mainly does research in Social Policy, Industrial Relations and Sociology of Work and Retirement. He has published texts on, for example, activation policies in Sweden and Denmark, transnational trade union cooperation, work as a calling, individualisation processes in Swedish working life, and class and ideological orientations. Currently, Mattias is studying active labour market policies in Sweden from a historical perspective, as well as doing analysis of how institutional changes in the sickness insurance and unemployment insurance systems have been legitimized.

Current research
Bengtsson leads the project ‘Activation strategies in Swedish welfare policy 1990-2015’ (funded by the Swedish Research Council). The results of the project is important for a fuller knowledge of main changes in Swedish welfare policies in times of mass unemployment and austerity. A recent publication, co-authored with Kerstin Jacobsson, is found in Sociologisk Forskning: http://du.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1230165/FULLTEXT01.pdf. Moreover, the project contributes to an understanding of how Swedish labour market policies have changed in relation to other European countries, as seen in the article ”Labour Market Policy under Conditions of Permanent Austerity: Any Sign of Social Investment?”, Social Policy & Administration 51(2), co-authored with Caroline de la Porte and Kerstin Jacobsson: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/spol.12292/full

Moreover, Bengtsson recently participated in the research project ‘Towards a New Everyday: Individuals' Meaning-Making at the Entry of Retirement from a Social Inequality Perspective’ (funded by the Kamprad Family Foundation). See for instance the article  (co-authored with Marita Flisbäck) "On leaving work as a calling; retirement as an existential imperative", International Journal of Ageing and Later Life (2017): http://www.ep.liu.se/ej/ijal/2017/v11/i1/a02/ijal_16-291.pdf A forthcoming publication is the chapter "Work as a Calling" in the anthology Work Orientations: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Findings (forthcoming, Routledge).

Besides this, in 2014-17 Bengtsson participated in the research project ‘Conditions and obstacles for trade union cooperation in Europe. A comparative study of countries and sectors’ (funded by The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences). A recent publication, co-authored with Patrik Vulkan, is found in Nordic Journal of Industrial Relations: https://tidsskrift.dk/njwls/article/view/109543/158908

Teaching
Bengtsson primarily teaches in areas such as labour and employment relations and European labour market relations. He is course coordinator and lecturer in a course on social inequality and life conditions. He has also teached continually in other sociology and social psychology courses, as well as on programmes such as the Programme in Human Resource Management and Labour relations, the Teacher Education Programme and the European Studies Programme.

Miscellaneous
Bengtsson participates in the Centre for Ageing and Health (AgeCap) at the University of Gothenburg which is a research centre for cooperation between five research groups from different disciplines. The overall aim of the centre is to perform coordinated studies of capability in aging.
Bengtsson participated in 2011-2014 in the research project “LOCALISE: Local Worlds of Social Cohesion” that is financed by the EU Seventh Framework Programme (http://www.localise-research.eu/) and has participated in the Nordic research network the Nordic Network for Critical Realism.

Latest publications

Work as a Calling: Existential Dimensions of Individuals’ Work Orientations
Mattias Bengtsson, Marita Flisbäck
Work Orientations: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Findings, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

On leaving work as a calling: retirement as an existential imperative
Mattias Bengtsson, Marita Flisbäck
International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Europeiska arbetsmarknader - institutioner, aktörer, politik
Mattias Bengtsson, Bengt Larsson, Kristina Lovén Seldén
Bengtsson M. & Berglund T. (red.). Arbetslivet, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Introduktion till Arbetslivet
Mattias Bengtsson, Tomas Berglund
Bengtsson M. & Berglund T. (red.). Arbetslivet, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Arbetsmarknadspolitik
Mattias Bengtsson
Bengtsson M. & Berglund T. (red.). Arbetslivet, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Första stegen. Att lära sig bli ett självcentrerat subjekt
Mattias Bengtsson, Marita Flisbäck
Bengtsson M., Flisbäck M., Lund A. Farväl till arbetet: sociologiska perspektiv på meningen med att gå i pension, Lund, Nordic Academic Press, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

När ett kall ska lämnas
Mattias Bengtsson, Marita Flisbäck
Bengtsson M., Flisbäck M., Lund A. Farväl till arbetet: sociologiska perspektiv på meningen med att gå i pension, Lund, Nordic Academic Press, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

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2012

Trade union cooperation in the EU. Views among Swedish Trade Unions and Their Members
Bengt Furåker, Mattias Bengtsson
Industrial Relations in Europe Conference Challenges for Public and Private Sector Industrial Relations and Unions in times of Crisis and Austerity, 5-7 September 2012, Lissabon, Portugal, Conference paper 2012
Conference paper

Nordic activation policies in flux: A study of Swedish and Danish labour market policies
Mattias Bengtsson
Conference on Integrated Employment and Activation Policies in a Multilevel Welfare System, August 30-31, Milan, Italy. , Conference paper 2012
Conference paper

Transformation of Labour Market Policies in the Nordic Countries: Towards a regime shift in Sweden and Denmark?
Mattias Bengtsson
ILERA World Congress 2012, Beyond Borders: Governance of Work in a Global Economy, 2-5 July 2012, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Conference paper 2012
Conference paper

Labour Market Policies in Transition: From Social Engineering to Standby-ability
Mattias Bengtsson, Tomas Berglund
Transformations of the Swedish Welfare State / edited by Bengt Larsson, Martin Letell and Håkan Thörn, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter in book 2012
Chapter in book

2011

On the Road to Transnational Cooperation? Results from a Survey among European Trade Unions
Bengt Furåker, Mattias Bengtsson
Industrial Relations in Europe Conference – IREC 2011, 1-2 September, Barcelona, Spanien, Conference contribution 2011
Conference contribution

Labour market policies in transition: From social engineering to stand-by-ability
Mattias Bengtsson, Tomas Berglund
Power and Participation: The 25th Conference of the Nordic Sociological Conference 2011, University of Oslo, Norway, 4-7 August 2011, Conference contribution 2011
Conference contribution

Arbetsmarknadsrelationer i Europa
Mattias Bengtsson, Kristina Lovén Seldén, Bengt Larsson
EU och välfärdens Europa , Malmö, Liber, Chapter in book 2011
Chapter in book

2010

Spelar klass någon roll?
Maria Oskarson, Mattias Bengtsson, Tomas Berglund
Oskarson, Maria, Bengtsson, Mattias och Berglund Tomas (red) En fråga om klass - levnadsförhållanden, livsstil, politik, Malmö, Liber, Chapter in book 2010
Chapter in book

Social rörlighet och klassidentifikation
Mattias Bengtsson, Tomas Berglund
En fråga om klass - levnadsförhållanden, livsstil, politik, Malmö, Liber, Chapter in book 2010
Chapter in book

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