University of Gothenburg

A fair and just working life

How do we achieve a fair and just working life? Labour markets, working life and labour market policies are changing - including as a consequence of technological change, governance logics and demographic developments. These changes also affect perceptions of knowledge, learning and the role of education. The focus area highlights, problematises and analyses several challenges.

In the Nordic region, both education and the labour market are segregated and gendered. Perceptions of sex and gender have consequences for study and working conditions, wages and the distribution of power and resources in society. The 'green' transition, skills provision and recruitment are given particular attention alongside the undervaluation of female-dominated professions through wages and working conditions. Analyses of norms around care, technology and gender show how the division of unpaid care and domestic work ultimately affects the climate impact of households. The concept of 'place' is used as an explanatory model in several ways to problematise local and regional labour markets, their gender relations and gendered conditions.