Senior LecturerDepartment of Sociology and Work
About Sofia Björk
SOFIA BJÖRK obtained her PhD in Sociology at the University of Gothenburg in 2017.
Sofia Björk is coordinator of the Feminist seminar at the department.
- Feminist Research
- Sociology of Emotions
- Working Life Research
Sofia Björk's thesis titled "Gender and emotions in family care. Understanding masculinity and gender equality in Sweden" considers how, despite widely shared ideals of gender equality, family care continues to be gendered in Sweden. Explanations are sought in conflicting norms and ideals and the emotions they evoke. Although it may seem contradictory, ideals of gender equality include gendered expectations. While the ideals can help fathers to feel good about their care arrangements, for mothers they can sometimes even amplify the tensions. The thesis shows how caregivers need to manage emotions related to failing to live up to some norms and ideals in order to cope with their every-day prioritizations between work and care, and to form emotionally sustainable and liveable lives.
Sofia Björk is currently working on two projects and a research overview:
Within the project “Ideals and practices of gender equality among parents in blue- and white-collar jobs. The role of the Swedish parental insurance.” (Forte 2021-2024), together with Marita Flisbäck and Ann-Zofie Duvander, we examine ideals and practices for gender equality and justice among parents in the LO and Saco professions, who are expecting and having their first child. We analyse the importance of ideals and living conditions for taking parental leave and want to find out to what extent the parental insurance is adapted to the ideals and conditions of different occupational groups.
The project “Differences in assessment, handling and prevention of occupational disorders due to strain, exhaustion and infection? Meanings of norms and resources related to gender, ethnicity and type of work” (Forte 2021-2024), carried out together with Lotta Dellve, Kristina Hermansson, Ylva Wallinder, Helena Olofsdotter Stensöta, Helena Sandén, Hans Ekbrand. The project investigates how meanings of employees' gender, country of birth, socio-economy and age are manifested in risk management and assessment of injuries in gender-segregated occupations with low educational requirements. What norms about responsibilities, the content of work and injuries are discernible in the assessments of what is understood, communicated and approved as occupational injuries? What guidelines have been formulated in the organizations and how do employees relate to these? How is the work injury understood by the injured person?
Sofia Björk also, on behalf of the Swedish Agency for Work Environment Expertise, conducts a systematic literature review of LGBTQ people's social and organizational work environment. The project is conducted in cooperation with Andrea Eriksson from KTH. The overview aims to identify risk and health factors in the work environment and what characterizes an inclusive workplace.
Teaching and tutoring Sofia Bjork lectures in Quantitative Methods, Sociology and Social Psychology and supervises undergraduate students.
Avsked i coronatider. Att ta farväl av döende nära anhöriga i tider av
Choosing to Work Part-Time – Combinations of Motives and the Role of Preferences and
Heteronormativa maktordningar på
Vad orden gör. Kommunikation av arbetsskador i Försäkringskassans
Normer som skaver. Hbtq-personers sociala arbetsmiljö i Göteborgs
Emotions and empathic imagination: Parents relating to norms of work, parenthood and gender
Families, Relationships and Societies - 2018
Gender and Emotions in Family Care – Understanding masculinity and gender equality in
Swedish fathers choosing part-time
Jörgen Larsson, Sofia Björk
Community, Work and Family - 2017
Feministiskt tänkande och sociologi: teorier, begrepp och
Doing, Re-doing or Undoing Masculinity? Swedish Men in the Filial Care of Aging
NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research - 2015
Feminismen har ingen kris – den är under
Negotiating gender equality, atypical work hours and caring responsibilities. The case of
Doing Morally Intelligible Fatherhood: Swedish Fathers’ Accounts of their Parental Part-Timework
Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers - 2013
Fathers use of parental right to work part-time in
In realtion to What? - Critical gender studies on Masculinities and Relationality, Uppsala , Sweden January 18th-20th - 2012
The Construction of Caring Identities in Family Care of Children and
5th Congress of the European Society on Family Relations, 29/9-2/10 2010, Milan, Italy - 2010
Identity construction in family care - Formulating Responsibility and its Boundaries or
XVII World Congress of Sociology - 2010
Caring time, working time and time for oneself: How men and women working atypical hours and caring for elderly relatives negotiate their time and
Definitional processes and negotiations in family elderly