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Johannes Westberg

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


Phone: +46 19 303928

Room: F3213

Johannes Westberg
Research subject Research environments

About Johannes Westberg

Johannes Westberg is professor of education at Örebro University. Westberg organizes the Nordic Network for History of Education, is a member of the editorial team of Nordic Journal of Educational History, corresponding member of the editorial board of History of Education, and member of the international advisory board of Paedagogica Historica.

Westberg has, since finishing his Phd on the history of early care and education in Sweden (2008), conducted research that has dealt with the content of education as well as the social, economic and cultural context of education. Westberg has paid special attention to the history of schooling and pre-primary education (kindergartens, infant schools, crèches), and covered issues relating to the social and economic history of education; school finance; material culture, school architecture; teachers, teachers' salary and livelihoods, and the teacher profession; discipline and governmentalities; educational borrowing and educational transfer.

Westberg has published more than 50 book chapters and articles, the latter in journals including History of Education, Paedagogica Historica, Scandinavian Journal of History and IJHE Bildungsgeschichte, and been editor and co-editor of more than 10 edited books and special issues, including the text book Utbildningens historia – en introduktion [History of Education – An Introduction] (3 ed. 2019), and School Acts and the Rise of Mass Schooling (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). He has also written two monographs: Att bygga ett skolväsende (Nordic Academic Press, 2014, 445 pp.) and  Funding the Rise of Mass Schooling (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 242 pp). A short CV of my range of activities and a full publication list is available here>>

Current and recent projects
Westberg has previously led projects on the history of school finance and educational journals, funded mainly by grants from Swedish Research Council and Handelsbankens forskningsstiftelser. He currently leads the project “How did education policy shape the race towards mass education? A comparative perspective based on France, Italy, Spain and Sweden, c. 1840–1940” (Swedish Research Council, 2017-2021), and conducts research on early twentieth-century Swedish kindergartens and the expanding sector of early care and education in Sweden 1970-2000. He is also co-investigator in two additional projects funded by the Swedish Science Research Council.

Professional activities (a selection)
  • Coordinator of the Nordic Network on History of Education (2008-)
  • Editorial team at Nordic Journal of Educational History (2015-)
  • International Scientific Committee of Rivista di storia dell’educazione (2017-)
  • Correspondent editorial board, History of Education (2018-)
  • International Advisory Board, Paedagogica Historica (2018-)
  • Scientific Committee of ISCHE, Berlin (2018), Porto (2019)
  • Referensgrupp för Sjunde Nordiska utbildningshistoriska konferensen, Trondheim (2018)
  • Scientific committee of the conference “Training programs and geographical mobilities: models, tools and strategies”, Bourdeaux (2019)


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Articles in journals

Articles, book reviews


Chapters in books

Collections (editor)

Conference papers