Margareta Bäck-Wiklund

Professor Emerita

Department of Social
Visiting address
Sprängkullsgatan 23-25
41123 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 720
40530 Göteborg

About Margareta Bäck-Wiklund

Roles and affilitions Since:

◾1994 Member of the Scientific Com. of the National Board for Public Health ◾2009 Member of the Scientific Advisory Research Board for the National Social Research Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark ◾1996 – 2009 Chairman of the Centre for Public Sector Research University of Göteborg ◾2004 – 2009 Member of the Central Ethical Review Board ◾2005 – 2009 Editor for The Journal of Social Science (Socialvetenskaplig Tidskrift) ◾1996- 1999 Member of the Nordic Academy for Advanced Study (NorFA.) ◾1998-2001 Member of the board of the Swedish Social Science Research Council (SFR) ◾2001-2003 Member of the board and vice chairmen of the Swedish Research Council for Working Life and Social Sciences (FAS) ◾2002-2005 Member of the board for Labour Market Evaluation ( IFAU) Research projects

MBW has long experience of family research and created the research programme Parenting and Childhood in Modern Family Culture. Variations in family forms and childhoods, gender and parental roles in family life, working life as well as everyday life is the core if the research. Among the completed projects in the programme three can be mentioned: Sharing Your Parents with A Foster Sibling. An Investigation of Foster Parents Own Children, Male Role Models in Social Work with Single Mothers and Sons and To start a family and earnings - a comparison between groups with different ethnic background. These are funded by the Swedish Research Council for Working Life and Social Sciences (FAS). MBW has been the Swedish coordinator in two EU funded projects. One eight country comparative project in the Fifth Framework Programme of the European Commission Gender, Parenthood and the Changing European Workplace: Young adults negotiating the work-family boundary is completed, but still under dissemination ( and the an eight country EU-funded project within the Sixth Framework Programme Quality of Life in a Changing Europe (

In progress

Both EU projects are still under dissimination such as: Margareta Bäck-Wiklund (ed) (2012), Quality of life and work in Europe. Theory, policy and practice, Palgrave Macmillan. In Sociologica, Problemas e Practicas, together with Leila Billquist, Stefan Szücs and Maria das Dores Guerreiro, , Leila Billquist Care: a challenge to healthy organizations? Contributing to Nielsen Ann et. al. (ed. 2012) Transition to parenthood in Europe. A comparative life course perspective. Policy Press.

A review-study of literature about children status, theory and practice.

Selected Recent Publications Two edited books with own contributions in Swedish during 2012, Nätverksfamiljen tillsammans med Thomas Johansson (The network Family)(Natur och kultur)och Att fostra familjen tillsammans med Helena Johansson (To govern the Family)(Liber).

Teaching Teaching experience on all levels. Most recent a mastercourse/PhD course on Family and Parenthood. At present involved in developing and teaching in an International Family Master a cooperation between several European Universities with start in Lisboa, Portugal. The international family master has been granted EU-money ( and will start the fall semester 2013.

MB-W has tutored 19 PhD student to graduation and two to licenciate out of which eleven in the programme Parenting and Childhood in Modern Family Culture.

Research fellow at 1983-1984 University of California, San Diego, USA. 1998 Thomas Coram Research Institute, Department of Education, London University. UK. 2006 Instituto Superior de Ciencias de Trabalho e da Empresa, Lisbon University. Portugal.