I am Professor of sociology at the Department of Caring Sciences and Sociology, University of Gävle. I concluded my Ph.D in sociology at Uppsala University in 1995 and became associate professor in 2001 at the same university.
My Ph.D thesis, Iranian Islam and the Concept of the Individual, deals with the problem of the non-development of the concept of the individual in Iranian ways of thinking. This work is written in two distinct parts, one written by her, and the other by Nader Ahmadi. There, I try to explain the cognitive and philosophical obstacles to the development of the concept of the Individual in Iranian society. To do so I draw on the existing discrepancy between the idea of concern for the individual prevailing in modern Western ways of thinking and the idea of self-annihilation, prevailing in Iranian ways of thinking.
I am now working as a researcher, presently specializing in issues related to gerontology and spirituality. Besides, I do research on gerontology, international migration and Religious and spiritual coping at the Department of Sociology, Uppsala University and at the Department of Caring Sciences and Sociology, University of Gävle, where I am a Senior Lecturer. I have also done research on Islamic Feminism, Religious and Spiritual Coping, and Music and Coping at the Department of Sociology, Uppsala University.
I am responsible for an exchange program for teachers and students — Erasmus — between the Department of sociology, Uppsala University and Department of Sociology at Marmara University, Istanbul. Turkey.
I were invited as one of the main speaker at conference on “women´s Movements in Middle-East and Turkey: Experiences, Gains and Problems within the Socio-Cultural and Historical Process". Conference was organized by “Research Canter for Female Labour and Employment" and “Department of sociology" at Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey, Mars 7-9, 2008.
I were invited by The Department of Psychology, Bowling Green State University i Bowling Green, Ohio to present in October 2004 my research concerning The religious and spiritual coping strategies among cancer patients. Her trip is financed by STINT (The Swedish Foundation for Internationalization of Swedish Research and Higher Education).
I were invited by The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Stanford University for collaborating with the research group at The Psychosocial Treatment Laboratory in relation to my study on the religious and spiritual coping strategies among cancer patients. I worked during my visit 2003 at Stanford School of Medicine.
I were responsible for an exchange program for teachers and students - Linnaeus-Palme - between the Department of Caring Sciences and Sociology at the University of Gävle and the Department of Sociology at the University of Tehran in Iran.
I have been invited as the main speaker at the British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference 1999in Bournemouth. The conference was organized by Bournemouth University and the University of Southampton.
Evaluator of a research project for the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), 2006
I have been reviewer of several manuscripts. Some of them is listed below:
Reviewer for two manuscripts for publishing in "Mental Helath Religion & Culture". 2009.
Reviewer for a manuscript for publishing in “Health and Quality of Life Outcomes" 2007.
Reviewer of a manuscript for publishing in International Migration, 2006.
Reviewer of a manuscript for publishing in “Housing, Theory and Society" 2003.
Reviewer of a manuscript for publishing in "Sociologisk forskning" 2001.