Nordic Perspectives on Work Science

The course focuses on the development of the multidisciplinary work sciences according to views represented by various scientific disciplines, their underlying approaches and 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 theoretical course, 7,5 credits at research-level, certified at Gothenburg University. This includes independent work during a 4-month period and an exam during a lunch-to-lunch meeting in Gothenburg.

This course has also been accepted as a theoretical course (10 hours) demanded in the medical specialist education in the training programs of occupational health services at the University of Helsinki in Finland. The acceptance is valid for the specialist training programs at the Faculty of Medicine of all Finnish universities.

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 the work sciences (work sociology, ergonomics, occupational medicine, occupational health, work psychology, leadership and organization, technology)

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 lunch-to-lunch meeting in Gothenburg.

Main topics

  • Introduction to disciplines connected to work science: work sociology, ergonomics/technology, occupational medicine/health, work psychology, leadership and organizational studies. The introduction covers main theoretical frameworks and research approaches as well as results from recent projects and impact on society – in a Nordic context
  • Multidisciplinary research and development work: concepts, theory and practice
  • Participant presentations of their own research and their theoretical foundations, followed by discussion on how and what could be gained if the project collaborated with another work science perspective.

Registration deadline

March 1st, 2018



The price of the course consists of two parts:

1) The course fee of EUR 300 and

2) One of the following:

  • The day package I fee of EUR 550
  • The day package II fee of EUR 300
  • Day package

    Day package I

    The day package I price is 550 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees, lunches, dinners and the social program (a visit to Gunnebo House & Gardens, guided tour of the house, garden and orangery with dinner included).

    The total price of the course is EUR 850 (course fee EUR 300 + day package fee EUR 550).

    Day package II

    The day package II price is 300 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees and lunches.

    The total price of the course is EUR 600 (course fee EUR 300 + day package fee EUR 300).

    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 9th – 12th of April 2018 at Dockyard Hotel, Gothenburg, Sweden. To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly from the hotel through this link using the booking number K235340 (available until 9.3.2018).

    The room price for a single standard room is SEK 995 (approx. EUR 105)/night (including breakfast).

    The block reservation will be available until 9th of March 2018 so we recommend you make a reservation as soon as possible.

  • Payment info

    Cancellations received by March, 1st 2018: full refund
    Cancellations received after March, 1st 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 Leader
Lotta Dellve
Professor in Work Science
Dpt Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg

In practical matters, please contact:

Project Manager
Linda Vänskä
mobile: +358 40 5463 277

Course venue

Dockyard Hotel, Gothenburg, Sweden

Course program


A broader understanding of the multi-component conditions at work that have impact on occupational health and safety is important for taking actions that have impacts on society. Thus, multidisciplinary perspectives and also competences to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams is becoming more important for researchers, leaders and officials.

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Course Leader

Lotta Dellve


Ann Bergman
Bengt Furåker 1
Jari Hakanen
Kasper Edwards
Peter Hasle
Stefan Tengblad

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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