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Human Work Science - the work, organisation and society of the future

The research group Human Work Science is part of the Division Humans and Technology. Since 1974, we have conducted research and education within human work science in both technical and social science sectors.

The research is interdisciplinary, with close cooperation between engineers and sociologists. Many research projects are carried out together with the other research topics in the Division of Humans and Technology or other research groups, both nationally and internationally. Some of the projects are theoretical, while others are more applied. The projects are often need-driven, conducted in collaboration with stakeholders in the society. The research deals with industrial companies, service companies and other organizations and stakeholders in the private, public and voluntary sectors. We currently have projects in the areas of mining, construction, manufacturing, health care and secondary and vocational education. Our research is funded by various governmental research funds, sometimes with partial funding from businesses and other organizations. We also have projects funded by the EU (Horizon 2020).

Postgraduate education is a high priority and so far Human Work Sciences has examined 104 doctors. Our PhD-students typically work in one or more of our research projects and write her/his articles and thesis as part of this.

Our teaching in the master of science program in Industrial Design Engineering deals with production design with a human work science base, i.e. development of technology and organization for sustainable and efficient production systems with good work environment. We also have bachelor and master programs in sociology (with specializations in human work science, HRM and investigation). We also do commissioned programs in several of our areas.

Artikel Rubrik: New dissertation: Technology and sensitivity are needed in the mine

The construction industry is one of Sweden's most affected by accidents. A new dissertation in human work science from Luleå University of Technology states that a great deal of responsibility is placed on the individual in safety work. Furthermore, it appears that there are expectations that more women in the construction industry will lead to safer workplaces.

Joel Lööw
New dissertation: Technology and sensitivity are needed in the mine

The mining industry does not manage to attracting the skills needed to maintain its productivity and to address future challenges. A new dissertation in human work science from Luleå University of Technology shows that technical and social solutions must be able to work together in the mining industry to retain the current and recruit a new labour force.

Photo: Staffan Westerlund
The basic industry needs active gender equality work for its survival

Technological development cannot in itself create equal workplaces according to Lena Abrahamsson, professor of work science at Luleå University of Technology. Together with Jonna Barsk, operations strategist at SSAB, she gave a lecture at the House of Science in Luleå on the conditions for increasing gender equality in the basic industry.

Lena Abrahamsson Professor and Head of Subject, Chaired Professor
Luleå University of Technology
Human Work Sciences
Humans and Technology
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts
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Jan Johansson, Magnus Stenberg, Maria Johansson, Leif Berglund and Magnus Nygren. Photo: Åsa Stubbfält
Researchers want to reduce the number of work accidents in the construction industry

Researchers in Human Work Sciences at Luleå University of Technology have received just over 3 million SEK from AFA Försäkring to survey the safety culture in the construction industry. One of the aims is to reduce the number of accidents at work in the industry.

Lisa Ringblom Photo: Åsa Stubbfält
Macho culture in mines about to be challenged

The proportion of women working in the mines is steadily increasing, but there are still signs of a prevalence of a macho culture. Lisa Ringblom, PhD in Human Work Sciences at Luleå University of Technology, has studied the gender equality work in the Swedish mining industry's work organizations.