Health Promoting and Sustainable Leadership

The course focuses on the multi-component factors and conditions of importance for a sustainable leadership, from a system perspective (individual – group – work-place – organization – society). In these aspects, the course focuses especially on contemporary challenges such as creating attractive, inclusive and innovative work places. The course also apply a practice and handling perspective of managerial work to support application in practice.

Advanced/PhD course at Gothenburg University, Sweden
The course can be complemented to certify for 7,5 credits at research or advanced level, certified at Gothenburg University. This includes independent work during a 4 month period and an exam during a one-day seminar in Gothenburg.

Course objectives

The purpose of the course is to provide the participants with clear insights of current empirical evidence of health promoting leadership and how it can be supported from system perspectives. The participants will gain a understanding of the theoretical background concepts and their practical application in form of concrete tools to be applied at various work contexts.

Target group

  • Researchers
  • HR managers
  • Occupational health practitioners
  • PhD and university students

Course outline

The 3-day course
Lectures in all listed topics followed by multidisciplinary discussions in plenum and small mixed groups.

The research-course
A list of literature to read (800 words), an independent work/text of how their own research questions relate to the course literature (5-10 pages), examination of papers (presentation and critical and constructive discussion) during a one-day seminar in Gothenburg.

Main topics

Health promotion and health promoting leadership
- Leadership and employee wellbeing
- Concepts and theory
- Examples of applications in the Nordic countries
System approaches of health promoting and sustainable leadership
- Leadership approaches
- Leaders’ own sustainability
- Promoting good working conditions for employees and managers
Supporting health promoting and sustainable leadership
- Leadership intervention: models, pedagogic aspects and results
Building organization health and capacity for health promoting conditions
- Strengthen social capital, teamwork and workgroup learning
- Sustainable organizational developments

Registration deadline

August 28th 2018

The registration has closed but kindly send us an email to in case you are interested in participating in the course and we will send you a registration link.




The price of the course consists of two parts:

1) The course fee of EUR 400 and

2) One of the following:

  • The day package I fee of EUR 640
  • The day package II fee of EUR 450
  • Day package

    Day package I

    The day package I price is 640 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees, lunches, the social program on Wednesday (a guided tour and scallop dinner at the Museum of Photography) and dinner on Tuesday.

    The total price of the course is EUR 1 040 (course fee EUR 400 + day package fee EUR 640).

    Day package II

    The day package II price is 450 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees and lunches.

    The total price of the course is EUR 850 (course fee EUR 400 + day package fee EUR 450).

    Kindly note that the day package II does not include the social program nor the dinners.

  • Accommodation

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 8th –11th of October 2018 at Mornington Stockholm City, Sweden. To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation by emailing the hotel directly ( Remember to mention the booking code 181008 NIVA when booking the room (available until 29.8.2018).

    The room price for a single standard room is SEK 1550 (approx. EUR 158)/night (including breakfast and access to the hotel health club) and for a superior queen room SEK 1750 (approx EUR 178) /night (including breakfast and access to the hotel health club).

    The block reservation will be available until 29th of August 2018.

  • Payment info

    Cancellations received by August, 28th 2018: full refund
    Cancellations received after August, 28th 2018: no refund

    The total price of the course will be invoiced after the registration deadline.

    The price is subject to minor changes.

Contact person

Course Leaders
Lotta Dellve
Professor in Work Science
Dpt Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg

Andrea Eriksson
Assistant Professor
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

In practical matters, please contact:

Project Manager
Linda Vänskä
mobile: +358 40 5463 277

Course venue


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Course Leaders

Andrea Eriksson
Lotta Dellve


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Marit Christensen
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General information

Course fee and payment The courses and workshops vary in price. Please note that the course fee does not cover meals or accommodation. The course fee and day-package fee are invoiced after the registration deadline. Travel arrangements Please refrain from booking any tickets until we have confirmed the course. The confirmation, which will be sent after the registration deadline, will include detailed information on the payment of the course fee and day-packages, as well as information on accommodation options and practical arrangements. Please note that you are not insured by NIVA. Accommodation Fore more information about accommodation options please see the…

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