Bengt Larsson

Bengt Larsson

Department of Social Studies Faculty of Social Sciences
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BENGT LARSSON is professor in sociology with research interest in the area of economic sociology/economy and society. His current research is on welfare professional decision making, industrial relations in Europe, performance-related pay and FinTechs. He has previously conducted research on the debt relief process at the Swedish Enforcement Authority, consumption patterns of lottery winners, children’s environmental education and influence on their families’ consumption, and economic crime and regulations.



Classical and modern social theory, industrial relation in Europe, economic sociology, sociology of law/social control. Has written and edited four textbooks in Swedish. Is supervising students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in sociology.


Ongoing and recently finished research projects

  • Principal Investigator (2023-2025): Trust in Relations between Unions and Employers in Europe (True Europe), funded by the European Commission.
  • Principal Investigator (2022-2025) Welfare professional decision-making – discretion, principles and programs. Funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR).
  • Project member (2022-2024): Digitalization, automation and decarbonization: Opportunity for strengthening collective bargaining in the metal sector (Barmetal). The project  is led by Giovanni Dosi, SSSA, Italy, and is funded by the European Commission.
  • Project member (2021-2023) Health Risk Outlooks by Social Partners (HEROS). The project is led by Barbara Bechter, Durham University, and is funded by the European Commission.
  • Principal investigator (2020-2022): The workers collective and polarization: trade unions and workers representation. The project is WP5 in the program The challenges of polarization on the Swedish labour market, financed by FORTE. PI: Prof. Tomas Berglund.
  • Project member (2020-2022): How Fintech affects the financial sector and what the effects are on collective bargaining in the European financial sector, financed by the European Comission (DG Emp.). PI: Morten Clausen, Uni-Europa and Bertil Rolandsson, Göteborgs universitet.
  • Project Partner (2018-2020): EESDA – Enhancing the Effectiveness of Social Dialogue Articulation in Europe, funded by the European Commission (DG Emp.). The project was led by the research institutes CEPS (Brussels) and CELSI (Bratislava).
  • Principal investigator (2016-2020): Individual wage setting, from policy to practice – a comparative study of the meaning and application of wage criteria in different sectors, funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR).
  • Project partner (2016-2018): SPEEED – Social Partner Engagement and Effectiveness in European Social Dialogue, funded by the European Commission (DG Emp.). PI: Dr. Barbara Bechter, Durham University.
  • Principal investigator (2014-2018): Conditions for and obstacles to trade union cooperation in Europe. A comparative study of countries and sectors, funded by The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (RJ].

Collaboration with the surrounding society

Bengt Larsson has in his research collaborated with the surrounding society both through distributing research results to public, private and civil society organisations, and by doing research in collaboration with representatives for trade unions and employer associations. Below are some links related to such collaboration:


  • The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies: Member of Research Committee 2022, Chair of Research Committee 2023-2024.
  • Employment board: Faculty for Social Science, Linnaeus University, Member 2022-2023, Chair 2024-
  • Chair Supervisory Collegium/Dept for Social Studies, Linnaeus University: 2022-
  • CERGU - Centre for European Research, Gothenburg University: Member of steering Committee 2012-2020, Chair of Steering Committee 2015-2017.
  • Vice head of Department responsible for research and PhD-program, Dept. of Sociology and Work Science Gothenburg University: 2018-2020.
  • Deputy Head of Department of Sociology and Work Science, Gothenburg University. 2006-2009.
  • Director of PhD studies, Department of Sociology and Work Science, Gothenburg University. 2006-2009.


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Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)

Conference paper (Refereed)