Lena Andersson

Institute: University of Gothenburg
Research area: Gender equality, Health, Migration, Poverty reduction, Sexual and reproductive health and rights
Research region: Africa, Middle East And Northern Africa (MENA)
Open to collaboration with: All


My research areas concern all aspects of mental illness, help-seeking behaviours, social differences in health, migration, health promotion and prevention and global health and human rights. I defended my dissertation in 2006 at the unit for Social Medicine, University of Gothenburg with the dissertation Regional differences in disability pensions and sickness absence with psychiatric diagnoses in Sweden and Norway 1980-2000. The influence of demography and access to psychiatric health care. An employed as lecturer and associate professor at the Department of Socail Work since 2013. Ongoing research project are : Health and ill health of undocumented migrants (The Swedish Research Council 521-2012-2927), Barriers to health care and the right to health for persons with mental illness in South Africa: How can access and the right to health be improved? SWE-2010-226, HIV, adherence and mental health. Health Economics and HIV / AIDS Research Division (HEARD), South Africa, The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and University of Rwanda and Swedish universities: a joint research cooperation (2019-2024). I am Swedish Team leader for the research program: FP1924_20 “Towards sustainable social development: Strengthening social work education, research and practice in Rwanda”. I am member of the research group Mental health in a life course perspective (PHIL), an interdisciplinary research group for research on mental health. The research field concerns mental health in relation to living conditions at individual, group and societal level and its relation to care and treatment. Our research focus spans the entire life cycle in relation to childhood conditions, the importance of relationships, gender equality, social networks, social capital, norms, oppression, exclusion and violence, the importance of institutions, health promotion, prevention and care. Have lectured at foreign universities; School of Public Health and School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, USA, Department of Nursing, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elisabeth, South Africa, Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi, Vietnam, Faculty of Health Promotion, Rajarata University, Sri Lanka. Have to date 28 publications in peer reviewed journals.




Professional experience

Co-supervisor of PhD
Main supervisor of PhD
PhD defence
Supervision of Master’s students
Supervision of Bachelor’s students

Other experience

Collaboration with government agencies
Lecturing and workshops
Statistical analysis
Survey creation and analysis