Carin Ulander-Wänman

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Umeå universitet
SE-901 87 Umeå

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LL.D. 2008, Associate Professor 2013.


My area of research pertains to European employment policy, the flexicurity strategy and the regulation of the Swedish labour market. The research produced has taken both an employer´s and an  employee´s perspective, is based on social constructionist theory and takes an emancipatory approach.

Current research

Guest researcher at Lund University

During the six months from September 1, 2014, I was invited as a guest researcher at Lund University. I will be a part of the research project Elderly Law at the Faculty of Law. My research task in the project governing the legal regime as an opportunity or barrier to employment for older workers, and employers' attitudes to older workers.

Research funds from Forte in 2014

From the year 2014, I have received 1, 7 million in research funding from Forte. The survey will be carried out of workers' right and duty to develop their skills. The research connected with the EU employment policy and the flexicurity strategy.

My current research also concerns flexicurity, which is a European employment policy tool and part of the open coordination method. In these studies I am analysing whether and in what ways various aspects of flexicurity are having an impact on Swedish labour law and the importance that this could have in terms of employee´s employment security.

Previous research

During 2011 and 2012 I have been working on an EU project entitled Study on precarious work and social rights’. The research project is funded by the European Commission, and the project owner is the Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University. The project involves 11 countries within the EU, each of which is represented by experts in labour law and the labour market.

I am Sweden's legal expert in the project. The work that is being done includes mapping precarious work in the various member states and identifying regulations in the member states that are creating safer jobs. The project also includes an examination of the possibilities that exist in terms of creating a floor of fundamental social rights for all employees in the country, regardless of their employment relationships.

In May 2008 I defended a thesis entitled Priority Right to Reemployment.


I teach labour law. The bulk of my teaching work is carried out within the Master's programme in Labour Law, the Master's of Law programme, the HR programme and Labour Law I. I am the course supervisor for the advanced course ‘Legal regulation of the employment contract’ in the Master's programme in Labour Law, Labour Law in the HR programme, and Labour Law I.
I supervise the degree projects in the ninth semester of the Master's of Law programme, and in the Master's programme in Labour Law.


In 2010 I served as project manager for a government project. The Swedish Work Environment Authority had been tasked by the government with launching a knowledge and information initiative to promote equality and discourage threats and violence in the workplace. As part of this initiative the Work Environment Authority project, the Authority entered into an agreement with Umeå University concerning support for the development of a scientifically based knowledge platform within this subject area. My job as project manager was to work with the project participants to create a prototype for training in this field.
The project can be viewed as a pedagogic and IT development project. It was completed and presented in December 2010.

Other activities

I have many years of experience working with labour law issues in municipal enterprises, private manufacturing companies and private service companies, and on a self-employed basis. I have represented the employer in all of these functions.

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Research Themes

Law and the Labour Market