In the research group Everyday Matters we work across disciplines to address issues concerning everyday life and care. We draw on theoretical and methodological contributions from occupational therapy, anthropology, sociology, design, and ethics.
Our work concerning eldercare is focused on how everyday life in nursing homes can be improved. We explore this in relation to the physical and social environment, social participation, and learning culture among staff members and healthcare professionals. To make sure that the research is relevant to those concerned, we adopt (and develop) collaborative research methods which allow us to work together with older people, staff members, and family members in different care settings. Our commitment to participatory methods also extends to how we explore health in relation to migration and diversity.
Examples of research topics:
- How the environment in nursing homes is designed, and its impact on daily life and care
- The value of seemingly trivial objects and how they are negotiated in nursing homes
- How older people living in nursing homes can assert agency and shape their everyday lives
- Studying learning and learning cultures (especially in eldercare)
- Health in relation to migration and diversity
- Developing research methodologies to address complexity and change
Ongoing research projects
The research group has funding from FORTE: the Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, the Kamprad Family Foundation and the Strategic Research Area Care Science (SFO-V).
Lena Borell, PhD, Professor, senior
Anna Brorsson, PhD, Lecturer
Helena Cleeve, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher
Sophie Gaber, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher
Manuel Guerrero, PhD, Affiliated Researcher
Karin Johansson, PhD, Lecturer
Margarita Mondaca, PhD, Lecturer
Marianne Palmgren, PhD student
Sarah Scheer, PhD student
Everyday Matters Resources
- Johansson, K., Borell, L., & Rosenberg, L. (2020). Qualities of the environment that support a sense of home and belonging in nursing homes for older people. Ageing and Society, 1-22.
- Cleeve, H. (2020). Markings: Boundaries and Borders in Dementia Care Units, Design and Culture, 12:1, 5-29.
- Mondaca, M., Johansson, K., Josephsson, S. & Rosenberg, L. (2020). In search for the “humane”: staffs’ perspectives on everyday activities in a nursing home. Aging & Mental Health, 24:4, 679-688.
- Mondaca, M., Josephsson, S., Borell, L., Katz, A. & Rosenberg, L. (2019). Altering the boundaries of everyday life in a nursing home context. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 26:6, 441-451,
Films and presentations
- Shared spaces (in Swedish only): A film about a collaborative research project at the Reality Lab Stureby.
- Askersund Nusing Home (in Swedish only): A film where Lena Rosenberg, talks about the physical environment in Smedsudden nursing home in Askersund.
- The importance of everyday objects in dementia care wards (in Swedish only): A digital lecture with Helena Cleeve.