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Erik Andersson

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


Phone: +46 19 303564

Room: F3204

Erik Andersson

About Erik Andersson

Andersson has a Ph D in education, has worked as a teacher in secondary education and is at the moment associate professor in education.

Anderssons research takes place within the field of political socialization, citizenship/civic education, youth policy, political participation and public pedagogy. His research is directed towards youth and their ongoing political socialization and communication in (democratic) educational settings, youth political learning, youth political participation and action in the public sphere. He is especially intrerested in youth sport and youth policy. Theoretically he is influenced by agonism and pragmatism, building on the works of John Dewey, Hannah Arendt and Chantal Mouffe.

Andersson have developed a research framework, situational political socialization, in order to qualitatively analyse political socialization in action.

He is a participant of the research group SMED (Studies in Meaning-making in Educational Discourses) (Örebro University) and the research group Education & Democracy (Örebro University).


Reserch projects

Educating for fair play? Child and youth soccer games and the behavior of coaches and parents. The aim of the project is to contribute knowledge on child and youth soccer games as an educational environment with a focus on coaches and parents behavior. The two year long project analyzes coach and parent behavior within ongoing games trying to understand the game as an educational practice in fostering children and young people (girls and boys) to be morally good players and citizens. What characterises coaches and parents educational behavior? Which kind of soccer players and citizens is educated within the soccer game? Research is conducted through qualitative observation of games, player and referee interviews and a survey including parents, players and coaches in three soccer clubs in the west of Sweden.

Teacher's collaborative learning. As one of several researchers in this project Andersson empirically explore and analyze teacher's collaborative learning, especially their collegial participation and the democratic educational community of teachers, in a primary and secondary school. In doing this he use activity theory and the concept of democratic education community.

Research Projects

Research Teams



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

Articles in journals

Boström, M. , Andersson, E. , Berg, M. , Gustafsson, K. M. , Gustavsson, E. , Hysing, E. , Lidskog, R. , Löfmarck, E. & et al. (2018). Conditions for Transformative Learning for Sustainable Development: A Theoretical Review and Approach. Sustainability, 10 (12).
Hammerin, Z. , Andersson, E. & Maivorsdotter, N. (2018). Exploring student participation in teaching: An aspect of student health in school. International Journal of Educational Research, 92, 63-74.
Andersson, E. (2018). Young People’s Political Participation: A Public Pedagogy Challenge at the Municipal Level. Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research, 26 (2), 179-195.
Andersson, E. & Öhman, J. (2017). Young people’s conversations about environmental and sustainability issues in social media. Environmental Education Research, 23 (4), 465-485.
Olson, M. , Edling, S. , Liljestrand, J. & Andersson, E. (2012). Är du mätbar nog, lilla vän?: Mätbarhetskultur, ICCS 2009 och ungdomars medborgarkompetens. Skola och samhälle.
Andersson, E. (2010). Stake in the political: Young people's condition for political socialization in social media. Politics, Culture and Socialization, 1 (4), 379-396.

Chapters in books

Andersson, E. (2018). Ungas politiska delaktighet som pedagogiskt förhållningssätt. In: Thomas Johansson och Emma Sorbring, Barn- och ungdomsvetenskap: Grundläggande perspektiv (pp. 163-177). Stockholm: Liber.
Andersson, E. (2015). Sociala medier och politiskt kontroversiella samtal i samhällsundervisningen. In: Ljunggren, Carsten; Unemar Öst, Ingrid och Englund, Tomas, Kontroversiella frågor : om kunskap och politik i samhällsundervisningen (pp. 77-94). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB.

Conference papers

Andersson, E. (2019). A Referee Perspective on the Educational Practice of Youth Competitive Games: Referees, Parents and Coaches in Grassroots Soccer. Paper presented at European Conference for Education Research (ECER 2019), Hamburg, Germany, September 2-6, 2019.
Andersson, E. (2018). Political Socialisation In Competitive Games Of Grassroots Youth Soccer: Exploring Political Norms in Coaching Behavior. In: Inclusion and Exclusion, Resources for Educational Research? Political Landscapes in Physical Education and Sports Coaching. Paper presented at The European Conference on Educational Research, (ECER 2018), Bolzano, Italy, September 3-7, 2018.
Andersson, E. (2010). Irony in the Political: Young people's use of irony in a political text conversation in a net community. In: Peter Cunningham and Nathan Fretwell, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship Proceedings of the twelfth Conference of the Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe Academic Network. Paper presented at Twelfth Conference of the Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe Academic Network, Barcelona, Spain, 2010 (pp. 641-650). London: CiCe.

Doctoral theses, monographs


Andersson, E. (2015). Nya portar?: Ungas delaktighet i politiska beslutsprocesser på kommunal nivå. Stockholm, Sweden: Kulturdepartementet.
Andersson, E. (2014). Demokrati- och mångfaldsprojekt i Södra Ryd: Utegården Skogsmyran. Skövde: Högskolan i Skövde.