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 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.



Larsson has lectured on classical and modern social theory, industrial relation in Europe, economic sociology, sociology of law/social control, and, and has written and edited four textbooks in Swedish. Larsson has supervised students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


Ongoing and recently finished research projects

  • Principal Investigator (2022-2024) Welfare professional decision-making – discretion, principles and programs. Funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR).
  • Project member (2021-2023) Health Risk Outlooks by Social Partners (HEROS). The project analyses the social partners' work with health and safety issues at EU and national levels. 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].


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