Dag BalkmarTitle: Researcher School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Phone: +46 19 301281
About Dag Balkmar
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 policy, public health and the police.
Balkmars current research focuses on intersectionality, policy and violence as part of the project Feminist Theorizings of Intersectionality, Transversal Dialogues and New Synergies funded by the Swedish Research Council (together with, among others, Sofia Strid). His other research interests concerns cyclists experience their everyday environment in relation to mobility, risk, violence, safety and security.
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.
Research coordinator within the GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies for Centre for Feminist Social Studies (CFS).
Developing disruptive norm critical innovation at Volvo - a pilot study. On 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).