Open lecture by Lena Sommestad: The Swedish social welfare regime – a gender perspective

You are kindly invited to attend the open lecture by Professor Lena Sommestad. Currently, she is county governor in the Swedish province of Halland. Lena Sommestad was Minister for the Environment between 2002 and 2006, President of the Social Democratic Women in Sweden between 2011 and 2013, and a member of the Swedish Parliament from 2012 to 2014. She has a background as a professor in economic history.

11:45 - 14:00 Friday 15/12/2017

SSE Riga, Strelnieku 4a, Soros Auditorium


11:45 Light lunch and networking
12:30 Prof. Lena Sommestad on the Swedish social welfare regime - a gender perspective
14:00 Wine and networking

Moderator: Ieva Birka

Lena Sommestad is Professor of Economic History and former Swedish Minister for the Environment. She has also served as Member of the Swedish parliament and as President of Social Democratic Women Sweden. She is currently County Governor in the province of Halland.

Lena Sommestad has devoted most of her research to comparative studies on gender regimes, social policy, demography and sustainable development. Publications include "Welfare State Attitudes to the Male Breadwinning System: the United States and Sweden in Comparative Perspective", International Review of Social History 42, 1997; ”The Hidden Pulse of History. Age Transition and Economic Change in Sweden, 1820-2000”, Scandinavian Journal of History vol. 25, no 1-2, 2000; and “Climate policy and the social investment approach: towards a European model for sustainable development” (in N Morel, B Palier and J Palme, eds, Towards a Social Investment Welfare State? Polity Press, 2011).


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