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Mattias Nylund

Senior lecturer

Mattias Nylund
Senior lecturer
Akademisk grad: Doktor
+46 31 786 2440

Room number: A3 321
Postal Address: Box 300, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Västra Hamngatan 25 , 41117 Göteborg

Department of Education and Special Education (More Information)
Box 300
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 2070
Visiting Address: Västra Hamngatan 25 , 411 17 Göteborg

About Mattias Nylund

Research interest

I am a member of the research project Critical education in vocational subjects? Civic knowledge in vocational programmes, policy documents and classroom practice, financed by the Swedish research council (2016-2019). I am together with Per-Åke Rosvall coordinator for the project Vocational Education, Transitions, marginalization and social justice, which represents a collaboration between the research networks JustEd and Nord-Vet. I am also conducting a study on value conflicts in Swedish apprenticeship education as well as a study on how the identity of vocational teachers impacts their view on what is important knowledge. My studies are grounded in the traditions of curriculum theory and sociology of education.

My primary research group is KRIT (Critical Theory). I have a particular interest in the theoretical tradition that has its origin in the work of the educational sociologist Basil Bernstein.

I was a member of the editorial board for the journal Education and Democracy (Utbildning och demokrati) 2008-2015, and am since 2015 part of the journals editorial council. I am also a member of the Nordic Centre of Excellence Justice through education in the Nordic countries (team 4) since 2013, and was assistant manager of the Centre for Vocational Skills and Knowledge (Centrum för yrkeskunnande) 2012-2014.


Much of my teaching is conducted at the vocational teacher programme, where I also am a program supervisor and hold the course leadership of a couple of courses (LYK10G and LYK20G). Otherwise, I teach at all levels at the university, from introductory courses about theories of learning and school governance (e.g. LYK10G, LGK20G) to tutoring Essays and lecturing at PhD-courses.


Vocational education, education policy, class, school content, curriculum theory, sociology of education.

Latest publications

Socialisation and citizenship preparation in vocational education: Pedagogic codes and democratic rights in VET-subjects
Mattias Nylund, Kristina Ledman, Per-Åke Rosvall, Maria Rönnlund
British Journal of Sociology of Education, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Vocational education, transitions, marginalisation and social justice in the Nordic countries
Mattias Nylund, Per-Åke Rosvall
European Educational Research Journal, Editorial letter 2019
Editorial letter

Life skills for ‘real life’: How critical thinking is contextualised across vocational programmes
Maria Rönnlund, Kristina Ledman, Mattias Nylund, Per-Åke Rosvall
Educational Research, Journal article 2019
Journal article

How do teachers interpret and transform entrepreneurship education?
Andreas Fejes, Mattias Nylund, Jessica Wallin
Journal of Curriculum Studies, Journal article 2019
Journal article

’Market relevance’ and the academic-vocational divide.
Mattias Nylund
Neoliberalism and market forces in education: Lessons from Sweden. M. Dahlstedt & A. Fejes (eds), London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Construction of ethnicity, immigration and associated concepts in Swedish vocational education and training
Per-Åke Rosvall, Kristina Ledman, Mattias Nylund, Maria Rönnlund
Journal of Education and Work, Journal article 2018
Journal article

The academic–vocational divide in three Nordic countries: implications for social class and gender
Mattias Nylund, Per-Åke Rosvall, Elsa Eiríksdóttir, Ann-Sofie Holm, Ulpukka Isopahkala-Bouret et al.
Education Inquiry, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Gendered distribution of ‘knowledge required for empowerment’ in Swedish vocational education curricula?
Kristina Ledman, Per-Åke Rosvall, Mattias Nylund
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, Journal article 2018
Journal article

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Systemet med fritt skolval måste bytas ut
Magnus Dahlstedt, Anderas Fejes, Dennis Beach, Nihad Bunar, Sara Carlbaum et al.
Svenska Dagbladet, Newspaper article 2018
Newspaper article

Gymnasieskolan som parallellskola?
Mattias Nylund
M. Dahlstedt & A. Fejes. Skolan, marknaden och framtiden, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book


The vocational-academic divide in neoliberal uppersecondary curricula: the Swedish case
Mattias Nylund, P. A. Rosvall, K. Ledman
Journal of Education Policy, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Imagining society through educational equality? An analysis on Finnish and Swedish upper secondary Curricula 1970- 2010s.
Sirpa Lappalainen, Mattias Nylund, Per-Åke Rosvall
Paper presented at the NERA-conference in Copenhagen 22-25 Mars, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

The role of general subjects in Swedish and Finnish VET-curriculum 1990-2016. (Paper presented at the NERA-conference in Copenhagen 22-25 Mars).
Mattias Nylund, Maarit Virolainen
NERA-conference in Copenhagen 22-25 Mars, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution


Class, Gender and Knowledge. Knowledge Discourses in Vocational Programmes.
Mattias Nylund, Kristina Ledman, Per-Åke Rosvall
ECER-conference in Dublin, 23-26 August, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution


Which values emerge in apprentice education?
Emma Arneback, Mattias Nylund
Paper presented at the NORDYRK-conference in Helsinki 10-12 June, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

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