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Jenny Alsarve

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

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Phone: +46 19 301399

Room: F3271

Jenny Alsarve
Research subject

About Jenny Alsarve


Jenny is associate professor in Sociology. Her research is focused on family, work, care and gender with a particular interest for how parents reconcile labor work and family life. Thus, her research interest focuses the intersection of work and family life.

Her previous studies have investigated family practices after divorce, the transition to parenthood among heterosexual couples as well as lone mothers’ everyday life. Since January 2020 she is the project leader of a research project (After the early childhood years) where parents’ division of paid and unpaid work is studied, and a central question is how the division has come about, how it is reproduced and/or challenged and renegotiated during the early childhood years and the first years as parents of school-age children (i.e. the study follows the parents for more than 10 years). This study takes its departure in different theories, mainly from family sociology and gender studies.

Durin 2019 Jenny was the research leader of the research group ‘Work, family and intimate relations’ (WFIR), a group of about 12 researchers and doctoral students in Sociology. Since 2020 she is Head of subject for Sociology.

Teaching and supervision

She is assistant supervisor for two doctoral students in Sociology. She has also supervised a doctoral student who defended her doctoral thesis in april 2023 (Hanna Samzelius). Her teaching experience is large, and she has been teaching in all levels, in sociological theory, gender equality and discrimination, methods, globalization and individualization, and has supervised a large number of bachelor essays in sociology.


In 2014 Jenny was awarded the Torgny T. Segerstedts (the younger) price for best article in Sociologisk forskning 2012-2013 for the article ‘Inte bara jämställdhet. Beslutet om föräldraledighet, moderskaps- och faderskapsideal och idéer om barns bästa’. [’Not only gender equality. The decision about parental leave, motherhood and fatherhood ideals, and ideas on what is in the best interest of the child’]. Her recent publications has studied lone mothers’ relationships with friends, how couples’ negotiations about care and work are embedded in other social relationships, and what happens in families where the mother gets sick because of ’burnout’. Other recent publications concern parents' division of labour during Covid-19 and parents' online activities.


In addition to the research group WFIR Jenny has had an research collaboration with Katarina Boye, associate professor in Sociology in Stockholm University. Another ongoing research collaboration is with Terese Glatz, associate professor in psychology in Örebro University. She is also part of a international research collaboration, TransParent, since the former research project ‘Between dram and reality’. She was earlier part of Social Impact Lab, at Örebro University, and had during 2018-2019 cooperation with the study organization Bilda about an integration project.


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