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Tobias Axelsson

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


Phone: +46 19 301269

Room: F3245

Tobias Axelsson

About Tobias Axelsson

Tobias Axelsson works as senior lecturer in education. His research interests are gender and parenting, men's parental leave, and gender and education. 


Recently (May 2019), Axelsson defended his PhD thesis in gender studies: När män möts som pappor (‘When men meet as fathers’). It investigates the conditions of fathering during early childhood by exploring fathers relations to other fathers. In the thesis, Axelsson has observed ’fathering spaces’: social services that are directed to fathers on parental leave. Axelsson has also interviewed fathers who have chosen to participate in such meeting places for fathers and analysed policy documents regarding parenting policies. 

Currently (2019), Axelsson also works with the project "Gender mainstreaming in preschool". It aims to identify factors which promote and/or prevent successful gender mainstreaming in preschool. In the project, focus groups discussions are carried out with head of preschools, school managers, and politicians in three municipalities. 


Currently (2019), Axelsson teaches at the pre-school education and teacher education.



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

Articles in journals

Articles, book reviews

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.