Nordic Working Life Research - Continuity and Renewal

  • Helge Hvid Roskilde University
  • Tapio Bergholm University of Helsinki
  • Lena Gonäs Karlstad University
  • Ida Juul Danish School of Education
  • Annette Kamp Roskilde University
  • Jan Ch. Karlsson Karlstad University
  • Antti Kasvio Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
  • Lars Klemsdal Work Research Institute
  • Robert H. Salomon Work Research Institute
  • Egil J. Skorstad Østfold University College
Keywords: Identity, meaning & culture, Labor market institutions & social partners


Working life research does not have clear boundaries; however its focus is quite clear: Changes in working life and how these changes affect qualifications, health, occupations, innovation, the economy, identity, social orientation and culture. The density of working life research is quite high in the Nordic countries, and this research has always been involved in the development of the Nordic welfare societies in which the development of work has been one important factor. In this article working life research is presented in its historical contexts, emphasizing the welfare challenges to which the research has been related. The challenges and tensions related to the research are not presented as being simply internal to the research work, they also reflect challenges and tensions in working life and institutions that are supposed to support working life. Current controversies in working life research in the four Nordic countries will briefly be presented, and institutional challenges for the research in the four countries will be exemplified. Finally, the aims of the journal will be outlined.

Author Biographies

Helge Hvid, Roskilde University
Professor. email:
Tapio Bergholm, University of Helsinki
Lena Gonäs, Karlstad University
Ida Juul, Danish School of Education
Associated Professor
Annette Kamp, Roskilde University
Associated Professor
Jan Ch. Karlsson, Karlstad University
Antti Kasvio, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
Senior Researcher
Lars Klemsdal, Work Research Institute
Director of Research
Robert H. Salomon, Work Research Institute
Senior Researcher
Egil J. Skorstad, Østfold University College
How to Cite
Hvid, H., Bergholm, T., Gonäs, L., Juul, I., Kamp, A., Karlsson, J., Kasvio, A., Klemsdal, L., Salomon, R., & Skorstad, E. (2011). Nordic Working Life Research - Continuity and Renewal. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 1(1), pp. 3-21.