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Tobias Axelsson

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


Phone: +46 19 301269

Room: F3245

Tobias Axelsson

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About Tobias Axelsson

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


Axelsson is currently writing his PhD thesis När män möts som pappor (‘When men meet as fathers’), which will be defended and published in 2019. 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 (spring 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. 

Between 2012 and 2014, Axelsson participated in the research project ”Paternity leave: Impacts on male careers”, which was financed by the Austrian research programme Sparkling Science. The aim of the project was investigate whether and how the careers of Austrian fathers develop after parental leave. For this project, Axelsson wrote a report on men’s parental leave in Sweden.


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


Articles, book reviews |  Conference papers |  Reports | 

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:


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