Research program: Inclusive working life

In the Inclusive Working Life (INKA) research programme, researchers are working to identify barriers and facilitators for how a working life can be designed that promotes equality and better health for all workers.

Inequalities in labour market access and occupational health are evident in in the working population in Sweden and globally based on gender, country of birth and health status. Differences in life conditions can lead to challenges for workers in entering the working life, remaining at work throughout their working years, and/or in returning to work after an absence and to experience a health-promoting working life.

Within the INKA research program, researchers the University of Gävle's three faculties work in interdisciplinary teams together with companies, organizations, and researchers from other universities to address the complex question of how to use work and work organization as a platform to minimize inequality and promote better health for employees. Through collaboration, INKA tackles actual working life challenges that organizations, employees and people outside the working life experience.

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The INKA program addresses societal challenges linked the UN's Agenda 2030 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Research projects

Research projects within the INKA program fall within three areas: Access to Working Life, Remaining at Work and Returning to Work.

Access to Working Life

These research projects focus on overcoming challenges in labour market access for vulnerable groups including, immigrants and people with long-term ill-health issues.

Remaining at Work

These research projects focus on physical, psychosocial and organizational factors that contribute health promoting work such that all employees have an equal chance at remaining at work throughout their entire working life.

Returning to work

These research projects focus on the path back to work after having an exit from the labour market, taking into account individual characteristics and organizational aspects.

Opportunities for collaboration

Are you an organization experiencing challenges in creating an inclusive and health-promoting work environment for your employees? Contact us about opportunities for developing new research projects and partnerships towards creating a more inclusive and health-promoting working life.

Current Funding Sources

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INKA Program Leaders

Anna Efverman, forskare och lärare inom vårdvetenskap, AHA. Inriktad på vårdvetenskapliga faktorer som är viktiga för patienter som genomgår cancerbehandling. Fotad 20200831.

Anna Efverman

Associate professor in Healthcare Science, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies.


Anna Efverman researcher presentation

Jennie Jackson

Jennie Jackson

Assistant Professor, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies.

Phone: 026-64 82 93

Jennie Jackson researcher presentation

Published by: Catarina Carlsson Page responsible: Johan Edqvist Updated: 2023-05-22
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