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Dag Balkmar

Title: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences


Phone: +46 19 301281

Room: F3256

Dag Balkmar

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About Dag Balkmar

Dag Balkmar is Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies.

In his thesis, On Men and Cars: An Ethnographic Study of Gendered, Risky and Dangerous Relations Dag Balkmar explores the ways in which gendered individuals and cars co-constitute one another in a particular context, the community of Swedish car modifiers. By using an ethnographic approach, his thesis investigates the lives of young and middle-aged car enthusiasts who invest considerable time, money, skill and passion in modifying, showing and driving their cars. The study shows how gender, in particular masculinity, is reproduced and negotiated in the modifiers’ attempts to become ‘unique’ subjects through making their own versions of the car. In Balkmar’s other publications, the ‘problem’ men in traffic has been studied in relation to gender equality, traffic safety policypublic health and the police.

Balkmars current research focuses on policy and violence as part of the project Regimes of Violence: Theorising and Explaining Variations in the Production of Violence in Welfare State Regimes. His other research interests concerns cyclists experiences of their everyday environment in relation to men, masculinities and violent mobilities.

Balkmars research is foremost qualitative, with emphasis on qualitative interviews, ethnographic fieldwork and policy analysis. His research encompass foremost three areas: 1) Intersectionality, policy and violence, 2) Studies of men, masculinities, motor cultures, risk taking and identity, and 3) gender and gender equality work in organizations.


Teaching in gender studies, mainly on gender, power and politics.


Previous projects

Trucks for all: Developing norm-critical innovation at Volvo funded by Vinnova. The results of the project on how norms can hinder innovation ability have made evident the importance of establishing a norm-critical perspective to meet future challenges with relation to work environments, planned users and innovation processes.

Feminist Theorizings of Intersectionality, Transversal Dialogues and New Synergies funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Developing disruptive norm critical innovation at Volvo - a pilot studyOn future designs of long haul trucks and its potential users. With Prof. Nina Lykke, Linköping University, Sweden, as director. Financed by VINNOVA. Final report. (2014-2015)

Women and the Media Industries in Europe. Research leader: Karen Ross, University of Liverpool. Financed by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) (2012-2013).

Study on the Role of Men in Gender Equality, national expert. Research leader: Nadja Bergmann L & R Social Research, Vienna, Austria. Financed by the European Commission (2011).

4D: Doing Driving, Doing Design. Gender, Age and Transport Practices. Research leader: prof. Jeff Hearn. Financed by Vinnova, Linköping University and Luleå University of Technology (2007-2013).

Hegemonic masculinities and men in Sweden and South Africa: Theorising power and change. Research leader: prof. Jeff Hearn. Financed by the Swedish Research Council within the Swedish Research Links Programme (2009-2012).

Research Projects

Research Teams



Articles in journals |  Books |  Chapters in books |  Conference papers |  Doctoral theses, monographs |  Other |  Reports | 

Articles in journals

Balkmar, D. & Mellström, U. (2019). Cyborgs and entanglements of technology, masculinity, and (automated) vehicles. Feministische Studien, 37 (2), 320-334.
Balkmar, D. & Summerton, J. (2017). Contested mobilities: politics, strategies and visions in Swedish bicycle activism. Applied mobilities, 2 (2), 151-165.
Balkmar, D. (2017). Manliga maktdemonstrationer i trafiken. Ikaros (3), 12-13.
Balkmar, D. (2015). Riskfyllda relationer mellan män, maskulinitet och bilar. Reflexen. En tidskrift om trafik, utveckling, människor och kunskap från Trafiktekniska Föreningen (3), 5-7.
Balkmar, D. (2014). De osynliga slår tillbaka: Om cyklisters plats i en bilnormativ omgivning. GRÄNSLØS TIDSKRIFT FÖR STUDIER AV ÖRESUNDSREGIONENS HISTORIA, KULTUR OCH SAMHÄLLSLIV (4), 83-94.
Hearn, J. , Novikova, I. , Pringle, K. , Šmídová, I. , Jyrkinen, M. , Iovanni, L. , Arranz, F. , Kolga, V. & et al. (2013). Studying men’s violences: some key methodological principles in developing a European research framework. Masculinidades y Cambio Social- MCS, 2 (1), 82-115.
Hearn, J. , Nordberg, M. , Andersson, K. , Balkmar, D. , Gottzén, L. , Klinth, R. , Pringle, K. & Sandberg, L. (2012). Hegemonic masculinity and beyond: 40 years of research in Sweden. Men and Masculinities, 15 (1), 31-55.
Balkmar, D. & Joelsson, T. (2010). Den bioniske mannen på autoerotiska äventyr: mäns risktagande i trafikrummet. Norma, 5 (1), 27-44.
Pringle, K. , Balkmar, D. & Iovanni, L. (2010). Trouble in Paradise: Exploring Patterns of Research and Policy Response to Men's Violence in Denmark and Sweden. NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 18 (2), 105-121.
Balkmar, D. , Iovanni, L. & Pringle, K. (2009). A Reconsideration of Two "Welfare Paradises": Research and Policy Responses to Men's Violence in Denmark and Sweden. Men and Masculinities, 12 (2), 155-174.


Hearn, J. , Novikova, I. , Pringle, K. , Šmídová, I. , Bjerén, G. , Jyrkinen, M. , Iovanni, L. , Arranz, F. & et al. (2013). Studying Men’s Violences in Europe: Towards a Research Framework (1ed.). Örebro: Örebro University (CFS Report Series No. 25: 2013-ÖU 25).

Chapters in books

Balkmar, D. & Mellström, U. (2020). Towards an anthropology of transport affect: The place of emotions, gender and power in smart mobilities. In: Tanu Priya Uteng, Hilda Rømer Christensen, Lena Levin, Gendering Smart Mobilities (pp. 57-74). Abingdon/New York: Routledge.
Balkmar, D. & Hearn, J. (2019). Men, Automobility, Movements, and the Environment: Imagining (un)sustainable, automated transport futures. In: Jeff Hearn, Ernesto Vasquez del Aguila, and Marina Hughson, Unsustainable Institutions of Men: Transnational Dispersed Centres, Gender Power, Contradictions (pp. 227-254). London: Routledge.
Balkmar, D. (2019). Men on the move: masculinities, (auto)mobility and car cultures. In: Lucas Gottzén, Ulf Mellström and Tamara Shefer, Routledge International Handbook on Masculinity Studies. Abingdon Oxon/New York: Routledge.
Balkmar, D. (2019). Towards an Intersectional Approach to Men, Masculinities and (Un)sustainable Mobility: The Case of Cycling and Modal Conflicts. In: Christina Lindkvist Scholten and Tanja Joelsson, Integrating Gender into Transport Planning : From One to Many Tracks (pp. 199-220). Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hearn, J. , Pringle, K. & Balkmar, D. (2018). Men, masculinities and social policy. In: Sheila Shaver, Handbook on Gender and Social Policy (pp. 55-73). Oxford: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Balkmar, D. (2017). Too many women?: Women and gender (in)equality in Swedish media. In: Karen Ross and Claudia Padovani, Gender Equality and the Media: A Challenge for Europe (pp. 208-219). Abingdon Oxon/New York: Routledge.
Balkmar, D. & Joelsson, T. (2014). The dangerous other?: Towards a contextual approach of men’s risk-taking with motor vehicles. In: Ingrid Lander, Signe Ravn and Nina Jon, Masculinities in the criminological field: control, vulnerability and risk-taking (pp. 187-202). Farnham: Ashgate.
Balkmar, D. & Joelsson, T. (2012). Feeling the speed: the social and emotional investments in dangerous road practices. In: Maria Jansdotter Samuelsson, Clary Krekula, Magnus Åberg, Gender and change: power, politics and everyday practices (pp. 37-52). Karlstad: Karlstad University Press.
Balkmar, D. (2011). Genusrelaterade perspektiv på polisbilskörning. In: Jörgen Lundälv, Utryckningsföraren (pp. 54-65). Gävle: Meyer.
Balkmar, D. (2010). Kör så det ryker!: hälsorisker i samspelet mellan män, maskulinitet och bil. In: Barbro Wijma, Goldina Smirthwaite, Katarina Swahnberg, Genus och kön inom medicin- och vårdutbildningar (pp. 401-413). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB.
Balkmar, D. & Joelsson, T. (2009). Burning rubber, marking territory: technology, auto-erotic desires and violating mobility. In: Åsberg, Cecilia; Harrison, Katherine; Pernud, Björn; Gustavsson, Malena, Gender delight: science, knowledge, culture and writing … (pp. 117-126). Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press.
Balkmar, D. (2009). Online/Offline with Virtual Garages. In: Alp Biricik and Jeff Hearn, GEXcel work in progress report. Vol. 6, Proceedings from GEXcel theme 2: Deconstructing the hegemony of men and masculinities : conference 27-29 April 2009 (pp. 91-96). Linköping: Linköping University.
Balkmar, D. (2009). Spinning around the ”lycra-lout”. In: Centrum med många riktningar: en vänbok till Gunilla Bjerén (pp. 11-24). Stockholm: Stockholms universitet.
Balkmar, D. (2008). Drive-by shaming: reflections on the emotions on (dangerous) car driving. In: Annika Olsson, Thinking with Beverly Skeggs (pp. 9-19). Stockholm: Centre for Gender studies, Stockholm University.

Conference papers

Strid, S. , Humbert, A. L. , Hearn, J. & Balkmar, D. (2019). Conceptualising violence: From welfare regimes to violence regimes. Paper presented at European Conference on Politics and Gender, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 4-6, 2019.
Balkmar, D. , Strid, S. , Hearn, J. & Humbert, A. L. (2019). On violence policy and “women friendly” welfare regimes: From gender regimes to (gender) violence regimes?. Paper presented at g19: Rethinking Knowledge Regimes. Solidarities and Contestations, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 7-9, 2019.
Strid, S. , Balkmar, D. , Burman, M. & Westerstrand, J. (2014). Transversala dialoger för att etablera våld mot kvinnor som ett postdisciplinärt forskningsfält. Paper presented at g14 - Att utmana makten. Nationell konferens för genusforskning, Umeå, Sweden, November 24-28, 2014.

Doctoral theses, monographs

Balkmar, D. (2012). On Men and Cars: An Ethnographic Study of Gendered, Risky and Dangerous Relations. (Doctoral dissertation). Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press.


Balkmar, D. (2009). Manlighetens pyspunka. Göteborg: Nationella sekretariatet för genusforskning, Göteborgs universitet.


Balkmar, D. & Lykke, N. (2015). Developing disruptive norm-critical innovation at Volvo: FINAL REPORT. Linköping: Linköping University (Tema Genus Report Series 2015:23).
Eriksson, M. , Biller, H. & Balkmar, D. (2006). Mäns våldsutövande - barns upplevelser: en kartläggning av interventioner, kunskap och utvecklingsbehov. Stockholm: Näringsdepartementet, Regeringskansliet.
Balkmar, D. & Pringle, K. (2006). Sweden National Reports on Men's Practices: Reports on Research, Statistical information, Law and Policy Adressing Men’s Practices. Stockholm: Centrum för genusstudier (Centrum för genusstudiers skriftserie ).