Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson


Department of Sociology and Work
Visiting address
Skanstorget 18
41122 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 720
40530 Göteborg

About Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson

YLVA ULFSDOTTER ERIKSSON, Professor of Sociology

Ulfsdotter Eriksson was appointed associate professor (docent) in 2014 and PhD of sociology 2006. The doctoral thesis is entitled Occupations, Status and Gender. A sociological study of occupations in a segregated labour market (summary and abstract in English).



Perceptions of occupations and occupational prestige – mechanisms of the polarisation of the occupational structure (2018-2022). The project is conducted within the research program The Challenges of Polarization on Swedish Labour Market (2017-2022) and focus on occupational prestige and how changes in the job-wage structure may interact with the occupational status hierarchy whether this has changed over time. The project is partly a replication of a previous study on Perceptions of occupational prestige. The research program is led by Professor Tomas Berglund and financed by Forte. The research project on occupational prestige is led by Ulfsdotter Eriksson.

Visualising and measuring the role of Industrial Relations in Addressing Gender Equality (VIRAGE) (2020-2022). Funded by the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion). The project is led by the research institutes CEPS (Brussels).

Previous research projects

Perceptions on occupational prestige (2002-2006) (thesis) (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond)

Experiencing occupational prestige (2006-2010). The project studied how employees in so-called low status jobs experienced and perceived their own occupation in relation to status evaluations, respect and recognition, knowledge and competences and occupational identity. (Vetenskapsrådet, The Swedish Research Council).

Descriptions of occupations for career guidance – a matter of the free choice of the individual or the differentiation of the labour force?(2010-2014. Forte). The project studied occupational descriptions produced by the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen), and how occupational descriptions are structured with regard to gender, social class etc.

Global Standards for HRM (2012-2016). I followed the international standardization organization ISO processes in developing global standards for HRM.

Enhancing the Effectiveness of Social Dialogue Articulation in Europe (EESDA) (2018-2019). Funded by the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion). The project is led by the research institutes CEPS (Brussels) and CELSI (Bratislava).…

Individual wage setting from policy to practice (2016-2019) The project studies how assessments of qualifications, competencies and performance are done in five cases – from policy to practice: how policies and criteria are designed, perceived, interpreted and practiced by HR, managers, union representatives and employees. The aim is to describe interpretation and valuation processes in local wage setting, to identify and understand actors' various arguments, and to explain variations that affect the design and implementation, and whether the process is perceived as objective, consistent and transparent. The project is led by Professor Bengt Larsson and financed by The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).

Teaching and tutoring Teaching primarily at the HRM-programs and on different sociological subjects: working life studies, organizational theory, social psychology, sociological theories and methods. Tutoring and supervising bachelor and master thesis.


  • Program director, Master´s programme in SHRM & Labour Relations (2017-2020)
  • Associate Board member, Work, Employment and Society (2019-2020)
  • Director, Center for Global HRM, University of Gothenburg (2014-2017)
  • Member of the board for Research Network 17 (RN17) “Work, Employment and Industrial Relations”, European Sociological Association (ESA) (2015-2017)
  • Member of the board for the Swedish Sociological Association (2014-2018)
  • Deputy Head of Department (2013-2014)
  • Member of the editorial board for the journal Gender & Society (2013-2015)
  • Member of the board in The Swedish Association of Human Resources Management, Region West (2009-2013).
  • Coordinator of the bachelor programme Human Resource Management and Labour Relations (2009-2013)
  • Member of the board, Department of Sociology (2007-2012)
  • Gender Equality Representative (2008-2009)

Awards: • The Magnus Söderström Award for significant contribution to HR in Sweden, 2015 • Torgny Segerstedt Award for best scientific articel in Sociologisk Forskning 2014, tillsammans med Christel Backman.