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Gothenburg Research Program on: Identity, Culture and Ethnicity

Research project
Active research
Project period
2020 - ongoing
Project owner
Department of Psychology

The Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture and University of Gothenburg

Short description

The research program aims to understand the development of ethnic identity and to improve young people’s coping at the social and individual levels.


The interdisciplinary program poses highly relevant questions and is expected to result in new knowledge of young peoples’ living conditions. It consists of a) two exploratory focus group studies b) an extensive evaluation of a, in Sweden, untested intervention, “The Identity Project” named “The LIKE-project” in Sweden. The intervention addresses topics on identity, culture and ethnicity in a school context, aiming to promote a better understanding of students’ own ethnic identity and an understanding of others. Finally, the program includes c) a three-wave longitudinal study of ethnic identity development in the transition from the last year of high school (gymnasium) to one year thereafter.



Ann Frisén, project leader

Philip Hwang

Sofia Berne

Moin Syed, University of Minnesota, USA 

Linda Juang, University of Potsdam, Germany

PhD Students

Amina Kaafiya Abdullahi

David Sandberg

Tommy Reinholdsson

Pär Stern

Assistant Researchers

Sabina Vlasman