Research on the field of disability and rehabilitation (FURE) brings together a group of researchers and doctoral students at the Department of Social Work who study disability in relation to social vulnerability, social justice, living conditions and norms.

Disability Research

The research includes a broad view of physical, mental and cognitive disabilities, with a focus on social exclusion and barriers to participation. Obstacles to participation are studied both on the basis of lack of opportunities for participation on equal terms and on the basis of societal conditions for citizenship and equal health. An important task in the research group's research is to analyse the interaction between individuals and society and to shed light on issues of disability and rehabilitation from several different perspectives. This is reflected in studies on:

  • availability and personal assistance
  • experiences and experiences of parenthood - parents with intellectual disabilities
  • health care, long-term illness, new biotechnologies and ethics.
  • disability policy and the organisation of the welfare system.
  • the organisation, professionalisation and competence issues within disability activities
  • elderly people with visual impairment
  • various aspects of technical aids
  • democracy, representativeness and representation within the Swedish disability movement
  • working life and disability
  • cooperation within the welfare state
  • inclusion in relation to education, academia, sports and health, dance.

Researchers and doctoral students

Research projects

Paper Series: The Occasional Papers in Disability & Rehabilitation

The research group publishes The Occasional Papers in Disability & Rehabilitation series with the aim to disseminate research results and communicate progression reports (not published elsewhere) within the field of disability and rehabilitation research. Contributions from a variety of disciplines and theoretical perspectives are welcome. Please get in touch with the editor for more information.

Each submitted manuscript is primarily assessed by the editor. Thereafter, one or two reviewers/commentators are appointed, and an open seminar is held. After the seminar, the manuscript is reviewed by the author(s) before finally being accepted for publication. The views expressed in the OPDR series are those of the individual authors.


Oskar Krantz


Examples of international networks and commissions

  • Exchanges with, among others, La Troube University Melbourne, UCL Denmark, NTNU Norway, University of Dundee Scotland
  • Referee assignment for international journals
  • Participant in research councils and representative in the Nordic network for disability research
  • Expert in assessment committee for services in social work
  • Opponents and participants in grading committees for dissertations abroad and in Sweden.

Examples of collaboration and the third mission

  • Co-author of research overview for Forte – Swedish Research Council for Health Working Life and Welfare​
  • Investigates the projects financed by the Swedish Inheritance Fund for The Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency
  • The inquiry for strengthened assistance from 2021
  • Collaboration coordinator at the Functional Support Administration in the city of Malmö 
  • Coordinates strategic collaboration between the Faculty of Health and Society, Malmö University and Malmö City Social Services Administrations (STYRKA)

Collaboration with actors outside the university

  • Swedish Agency for Work Environment Expertise
  • Assistance companies​
  • Ersta Bräcke Sköndal ​
  • Stockholm's social administration​
  • FoU-unit Stockholm​
  • STIL, IFA association JAG, SUF knowledge center for parents with cognitive difficulties, Attention Katrineholm, HSO Stockholm
  • The County Administrative Board of Skåne
  • Municipalities of Skåne
  • Kommunförbundet Skåne​
  • Region Skåne​
  • Vårdahlinstitutet Lund​
  • City of Malmö, FoU-unit, the Functional Support Administration and the City Office