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Social innovation in the civil society working life

Published: 13 June 2019

This research project aims to increase knowledge about efforts by civil society organizations to promote an inclusive working life. This includes innovative methods for creating job opportunities and improving the working conditions for under-represented and disadvantaged groups.


Sweden's 250 000 civil society organizations have almost 200 000 employees and 4 million volunteers. The academic knowledge on the civil society working life is however scarce. A currently relevant concern is the contribution of civil society organizations to an inclusive and diverse working life. Specifically in regard to their innovative measures for improved inclusion of disadvantaged and underrepresented groups, through employment, internships, vocational training or other forms.

Research team

The project is carried out in cooperation with Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Uppsala University, The Research and Analysis Unit of The Church of Sweden, as well as Ideell Arena, with funding from Forte. The research team includes:

Malin Lindberg, Luleå University of Technology (project manager)

Johan Hvenmark, Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University

Cecilia Nahnfeldt, Uppsala University and the Research and Analysis Unit at The Church of Sweden