Nordic Perspectives on Work Sciences

The course focuses on the development of multidisciplinary work sciences according to views represented by various scientific disciplines, their underlying approaches and their implications for research questions, concepts, theories, applications, approaches and methodology.

Different perspectives and applications will be subject for discussions and comparisons to support a holistic understanding of contemporary challenges for sciences with a work perspective – and improve competence to handle and collaborate in research and developments.

The course can be complemented to certify for a research-level, theoretical course of 7,5 hp, certified at Gothenburg University. This includes independent work during a 4-month period and an exam during a face-to-face lunch meeting in Gothenburg.

Course objectives

The aim of the course is to broaden and deepen the knowledge of different perspectives and applications of work science in the Nordic countries from social, technical, medical, educational and humanistic sciences.

Target group

  • Researchers
  • HR managers
  • Occupational health practitioners
  • PhD and university students from various disciplines related to work sciences (work sociology, ergonomics, occupational medicine, occupational health, work psychology, leadership and organization, technology, law, economy)
  • Officials of institutes, trade unions and organizations dealing with issues related to working conditions (social issues, social insurance, work environment, public health)

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, an independent work/text of how your own research questions relate to other applications of work science (5-10 pages), examination of papers (presentation and critical and constructive discussion) during a lunch-to-lunch meeting in Gothenburg.

Main topics

  • Introduction to the philosophy, main theoretical frameworks and research approaches of the following work sciences perspectives in a Nordic context:
    • Work sociology
    • Ergonomics/technology
    • Occupational medicine/health
    • Work psychology
    • Leadership and management studies
  • Research results from recent projects and the societal impact of the above-mentioned work sciences
  • Multidisciplinary research and development work: concepts, theory and practice
  • Participants' presentation of their own research and their theoretical foundations, followed by discussions of how and what could be gained if the project also added another work science perspective/approach

Registration deadline

September 18th 2020



The price of the course consists of two parts:

1) The course fee of EUR 450 and

2) One of the following:

  • The day package I fee of EUR 500
  • The day package II fee of EUR 280
  • Day package

    Day package I

    The day package I price is 500 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees, lunches, dinners and the social program.

    The total price of the course is EUR 950 (course fee EUR 450 + day package fee EUR 500).

    We strongly encourage you to take part in the social program, as this is a vital part of the NIVA course experience. We believe in the power of networking and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

    Day package II

    The day package II price is 280 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees and lunches.

    The total price of the course is EUR 730 (course fee EUR 450 + day package fee EUR 280).

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

  • Accommodation

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 23rd – 26th of November 2019 at Hotel Riverton, Gothenburg, Sweden.

    To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly from the hotel through email, using the booking code 1490816 (available until 22.9.2020).

    The room price for a standard room is SEK 1495/night (approximately EUR 140) including breakfast.

    The block reservation will be available until 22nd of September 2020 so we recommend you make a reservation as soon as possible.

  • Payment info

    Cancellations received by September 18th, 2020: full refund

    Cancellations received by September 19th, 2020 or later: 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 Leader
Lotta Dellve, Professor in Work Science
Department of Sociology and Work Sciences, Gothenburg University, Sweden
Aff. Professor in Ergonomics, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

In practical matters, please contact:

Project Manager
Morten Jakobsen
mobile: +358 40 126 3336


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Course Leader

Lotta Dellve


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