Key Note Speakers

The Key Note Spekers of the conference. The page is continuously updated with new speakers.

Professor Fereshteh Ahmadi

Fereshteh Ahmadi

Fereshteh Ahmadi is full Professor in sociology at the Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, the Department of Social Work and Criminology, University of Gävle. She concluded her Ph.D in sociology at Uppsala University in 1995 and became associate professor in sociology in 2001 at the same university. In 2009, she became full professor in sociology at the University of Gävle. At Uppsala University and university of Gävle she has conducted research on divergent research areas among others in: Islam, individuality and identity, International migration, Second-generation migrant and identity crisis, Islamic Feminism, Music and coping, Aging and psychological and spiritual development, Aging in a migration perspective, Aging and the economic and social changes, Children and existential question, Bereavement parents and coping, Meaning-making coping. She is the author of more than 100 texts on divergent research area. She is member of divergent international research networks and of editorial board of several journals among others Illness, Crisis & Loss (SAGE).

Currently, she is responsible for:

  • An international project on Meaning-Making Coping with cancer (2006-2023). The project involves researchers from Sweden, South Korea, China, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Brazil, Portugal, Turkey and Iran.
  • An international project on Coping with Covid-19 among university employees and students (2020-2023).
  • Research on Diversity Barometer (Mångfaldsbarometer) (2012-2024)

Professor Jason Powell

Jason Powell

Professor Jason Powell PhD, FRSA, AoU, FCMI, CSBP is Provost at Crescent College Birmingham. He is an elected Academician of The Academy of Urbanism, and Companion of the Society of Bereavement Practitioners (7th ever in history). Dr. Powell has interests in interdisciplinary research focusing on ageing, health and well-being and social policy. He has held many research and knowledge exchange grants in the UK, EU and Asia and disseminated his research globally with several hundred publications including 75 academic books and top ranked refereed journal articles, ie, The Journal of Applied Gerontology; Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; The Canadian Journal of Sociology; and The Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. Professor Powell is Editor-in-Chief of Illness, Crisis & Loss (SAGE). He is also Series Editor, International Perspectives on Aging (Springer Nature)

Professor Ashok Swain

Ashok Swain

Professor Ashok Swain is Head of the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, UNESCO Chair of International Water Cooperation and Director of the Research School of International Water Cooperation at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Environment and Security, published by SAGE and the Environmental Peacebuilding Association. He has written extensively on new security challenges, water-sharing issues, environment, conflict and peace, and democratic development issues. He also writes a weekly column Right is Wrong for Dubai-based Gulf News. He has worked as a consultant on environmental and development issues for various UN agencies, including OSCE, NATO, EU, IISS, Arab League, OXFAM, and the Governments of Sweden, Netherlands, the UK, and Singapore.

Professor Marianne Takle

Marianne Takle

Marianne Takle is a research professor at Norwegian Social Research at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. Her research includes studies of migration and solidarity at the European, national and local levels. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Oslo. In her PhD, she studied German immigration policy, and her postdoctoral work was on how immigrant organisations participate in local democracy in Oslo. She has published books and journal articles on various themes such as EU migration policy, national migration policy in selected European countries, solidarity, national identity, immigrant organisations, and the integration of immigrants in the light of nationalism and cultural studies. She has studied sustainable European welfare societies by analysing linkages between social and environmental policy in selected European countries. In recent years, she has conducted research on solidarity with future generations.

Published by: Catarina Carlsson Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2023-02-21
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