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Tobias Axelsson

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


Phone: +46 19 301269

Room: F2241

Tobias Axelsson

About Tobias Axelsson

Tobias Axelsson holds a PhD in Gender Studies. He works as senior lecturer in Civics/Social Science, and postdoctoral researcher in Gender Studies. His research interests are: 1) feminist perspectives on fatherhood, fathers, and fathering; 2) gender and parenting support; 3) gender and early childhoold education and care; 4) violence.


In 2021 and 2022, Axelsson works as postdoctoral researcher in the project RESISTIRÉ: Responding to Outbreaks through Co-creative Inclusive Equality Strategies (funded by the EU Horizon 2020). 

Axelsson defended his PhD thesis in gender studies, När män möts som pappor (When men meet as fathers), in 2019. It investigates the conditions of fathering during early childhood by exploring fathers' relations to other fathers in ’fathering spaces’: social services that are directed to fathers on parental leave. The thesis ends with an English summary.

Axelsson has been involved in international projects on men's parental leave. He has written a report on parental leave policies in Sweden and Germany for 'The EU Mutual Learning Programme in Gender Equality' (2018), and a report on men's parental leave in Sweden for the Austrian project 'Paternity leave: Impacts on male careers' (2014).

Axelsson has co-authored two articles on men's attitudes towards female genital mutilation: the first paper is focused on health; the second paper focuses on violence and intersectionality.


Axelsson teaches mainly at the teacher education programme.


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

Articles in journals

Axelsson, T. & Wetterberg, T. (2020). Från något till synes stabilt och välbekant till något där konturerna bara skymtar. Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, 97 (2), 170-176.
Strid, S. & Axelsson, T. (2020). Involving men: The multiple meanings of female genital mutilation in a minority migrant context. NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 28 (4), 287-301.
Axelsson, T. (2020). Kan man forska om pappor och föräldraskapsstöd utan genusteori?. Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, 97 (2), 208-222.

Articles, book reviews

Chapters in books

Axelsson, T. & Gunnarsson, L. (2020). Extending the uses of Liisa's notion of 'non-event': The cases of gender equality work and sexual violence. In: Sofia Strid, Dag Balkmar, Jeff Hearn, Louise Morley, Does knowledge have a gender? A Festschrift for Liisa Husu on gender, science and academia (pp. 390-401). Örebro: Örebro University.

Conference papers

Axelsson, T. (2011). 'Fathers' Spaces': Making Room for Fathering Between Care and Privileges. In: Alp Biricik & Jeff Hearn, GEXcel Work in Progress Report Volume XV. Proceedings from GEXcel Theme 9: Gendered Sexualed Transnationalisations, Deconstructing the Dominant: Transforming men, "centres" and knowledge/policy/practice. Paper presented at Men and Masculinities Moving On Again! Transnationalising Flows, Technologies, Institutions, Theory (pp. 67-78). Linköping/Örebro:

Doctoral theses, monographs



Axelsson, T. (2014). Men's parental leave in Sweden: policies, attitudes, and practices. Vienna: JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH.