Multidisciplinary research at the Centre for Work Life and Evaluation Studies (CTA) includes subjects such as economic history, human geography, psychology, sociology, public health and political science. These represent a broad competence within a wide range of theoretical approaches and research methods.

Our research

CTA researchers study various aspects of work and work life. Several research projects are currently underway and the centre also conducts evaluations and mission research in collaboration with external stakeholders. 

Research programme OSSC

In 2017, the research programme OSSC was incorporated into the centre, with funding from the Swedish Council for Health Working Life and Welfare (FORTE). The programme highlights transformations and challenges in Human Service Organisations (HSOs) such as schools, social and health care providers.

The project aims to contribute to existing research with a new concept, namely organisational and social safety climate, which is inspired by the notion of psychosocial safety climate as well as new directives on organisational and social work from the Swedish Work Environment Authority. Together with the job demands-resources model, this forms the theoretical framework for the programme. OSSC provides a basis for developing further projects, as well as enabling continuity and a longitudinal approach within the research field.

The aims of the programme

The overall aim of the programme is to develop empirically validated tools that can be used for research, practice, and interventions to develop sustainable working environments in HSOs. This will be achieved by including the perspectives of senior managers, first-line managers and the employees on the organisational and safety climate within HSOs.

During the first three years of the programme, we aim to:

  • further develop existing methods and instruments that can be used to assess the organisational and social safety climate in different HSOs;
  • conduct studies on the work situations of employees and first-line managers; and 
  • conduct studies on workplace bullying and harassment with a focus on victims and witnesses.

The aim for the second part of the programme is to conduct intervention studies at different organisational levels in HSOs. Here we will also investigate how different digital tools could be used as facilitators in the intervention studies. Bearing in mind that the leaders/managers are key actors in the organisations, the special focus of the interventions is on:

  1. how top managements’ actions influence the organisational and social climate and,
  2. the first-line managers role as bearers or intermediaries of the organisational and social safety climate.

FORTE is funding the programme until 2019 with a possibility of further funding between 2020-2022.

Researchers

For more information on current projects, you can contact our researchers. 

Researchers at CTA

Seminar series

CTA arranges a seminar series that presents different aspects of work life and evaluation studies. Most of the seminars are held in Swedish, occasionally they are held in English. Researchers, students and practitioners are all welcome to attend.

Collaboration

CTA collaborates with a variety of stakeholders, both nationally and internationally. Collaboration can take place within: the framework of existing projects; as part of the start-up of a research project; during follow-up research; within evaluation assignments; and through contract research.

For instance, CTA is currently collaborating with researchers from Australia as part of the OSSC research programme. There are also ongoing collaborations with researchers from the Netherlands, Germany, Finland and Denmark. In Sweden, CTA interacts with other universities, colleges and research centres, such as the Stress Research Institute and the Institute for Stress Medicine.

We have previosuly collaborated with the City of Malmö, Finsam Mittskåne, the Swedish Teachers Union, Folktandvården, IKEA, Scania, occupational health companies and a large religious organisation. We also arrange various types of activities such as conferences and seminars for researchers, practitioners and students.

If you are interested in collaborating with CTA, please contact director Sandra Jönsson or a specific CTA researcher.

Advisory board

Chair

Maria Hultin, Quality and Development Manager, Malmö Stad

Members:

  • Patrik Hall, Professor, Malmö University

  • Tony Huzzard, Professor, Lund University

  • Linda Lill, Associate Professor, Malmö University

  • Malin Lundberg, EY

  • Vinko Mikulic, HR-Strategist, Region Skåne

  • Cecilia Strandberg, Head of Finance and HR, Landskrona Energi