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Elisabeth Berg
Elisabeth Berg

Elisabeth Berg

Post Retirement Professor
Luleå University of Technology
Industrial Design
Humans and Technology
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

My research has during the last 30 years been focused on working conditions, organisation, public leadership and gender, and I’m also doing comparative research with colleagues, Sweden and England, in both Social Work and Higher education. My teaching are sociological theory, organisational theory, with a gender perspective.

Research on social work and its conditions started in 1986 and until 1994 was the focus on interaction between staff groups in the municipality's home-county primary care center. Between 1994 - 1996, I held a postdoctoral fellow who laid the foundation for my next research period - gender, leadership and working in social work. Methodologically, I moved from more modernist and structuralist research approaches to poststructuralist. The method used was discourse analysis.
My research on "Women and head of government" led me to an in-depth research and theory development for middle managers and their work situation in the public sector and now more focused on New public management and its implications for academics and managers in social administration in England and Sweden. Cooperation with researchers from mainly the University of East London has led to several research projects, which are still ongoing. Another focus has been research on identity, gender and stress. From 2002, a collaboration with researchers in informatics, which has led to an interesting interdisciplinary approach in which mobile technology, the work is in focus, analysis, discourse analysis with a gender perspective. The object of study is social work, from a gender perspective.

Dancing to management tune? Middle managers performance, gender and work situation in social welfare departments in Sweden and England, along with Jim Barry, and John Chandler, 2005-in progress. N-CORP, a network of countries from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, England and Poland in order to carry out research into evidence-based practice, 2009-in progress. Research projects with scientists from Middlesex University and University of East London for social work and management 2010-in progress HOPE'S network with researchers from Scotland, England, Poland, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, working with research on How to Open European Society, 2005-in progress.


Organization theory, Sociology theory, leadership, management, emotions in work life and cooperation in work life and organisation


Article in journal

Changes in ideas on knowledge governance in the context of social services in Sweden (2022)

Hjelte. J, Eliasson. B, Berg. E
Nordic Social Work Research
Chapter in book

Reconfiguring Professional Autonomy? (2017)

The case of social work in the UK
Chandler. J, Berg. E, Ellison. M, Barry. J
Part of: Social and Caring Professions in European Welfare States
Chapter in book

The new management of healthcare (2016)

‘Rational' performance and gendered actors
Barry. J, Berg. E, Chandler. J
Part of: The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Healthcare
Article in journal

Social Work in Movement: Marketisation, Differentiation and Managerial Performativity in Sweden and England (2015)

Chandler. J, Bell. L, Berg. E, Barry. J
International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice, Vol. 3, nr. 3, s. 109-117
Chapter in book

Gender and the managerial turn in higher education (2014)

Accounts from female academics in England and Sweden
Berg. E, Barry. J, Chandler. J
Part of: Higher Education and Research in Nordic Countries