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The AFoU network's organization

The AFoU network is led and coordinated by a working committee in close collaboration with the social partners in the network's reference group.

The AFoU network meetings in the reference and steering groups take place 3-4 times a year, with activities in between that have been prioritized and decided.

We have a rotating approach, which means rotating "place hosts", usually among the social partners, and rotating "content hosts" where organizations in the network share experiences and results from their workplace-related research that contribute to the development of future attractive jobs and workplaces.

Every year, a strategic dialogue seminar is held with current themes.


Göran Johnsson, former Chairman of the trade union IF Metall, Chairman of the board for Produktionslyftet – leads the work

Working committee

The working committee coordinates networking activities with the chairman on recommendations from the reference group:

  • Ulrika Harlin, RISE, man coordinatior fot the AFoU network 
  • Mattias Elg, HELIX Competence Centre/Linköpings University
  • Martina Berglund, HELIX Competence Centre/Linköpings University
  • Caroline Jarebrant, RISE

Reference group – the labour market parties

The reference group prioritizes areas for the AFoU's network activities. The reference group is composed of the labour market parties:

  • Bodil Mellblom, Svenskt Näringsliv
  • Carola Löfstrand, LO
  • Johan Sittenfeld, Saco/Sveriges Ingenjörer
  • Ulrika Hagström, TCO
  • Anders Westlund, SKL
  • Tarja Nevala, Arbetsgivarverket

Steering group – network members

Each year, a steering group with an ordinary and an alternate is appointed. Participants can also appoint a replacement if needed. The steering group processes R&D needs identified by the labour market parties, initiates and runs priority activities:

  • Chalmers University of Thechnology 
  • University of Gothenburg 
  • University of Borås
  • Jönköping University
  • Karlstad University
  • Karolinska University
  • Linköping University
  • Luleå University of Technology
  • Lund University
  • Mälardalen University 
  • RISE 
  • Stockholm University

The AFoU network is run by RISE, who's the main coordinator, in cooperation with Helix Competence Center / Linköping University under the leadership of Chairman Göran Johnsson.


Ulrika Harlin

Contact person

Ulrika Harlin


+46 10 228 48 28

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