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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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Kunskapsfrågan och klassfrågan bortglömd
Andreas Fejes, Mattias Nylund
Jnytt, Magazine article 2013
Magazine article

Yrkesprogrammen ger för smal kunskap
Andreas Fejes, Mattias Nylund
Tidningen ETC AB, Magazine article 2013
Magazine article



Gymnasiereformens konsekvenser för den sociala fördelningen av kunskaper i de yrkesorienterade utbildningarna
Mattias Nylund, Per-Åke Rosvall
Pedagogisk forskning i Sverige, Journal article 2011
Journal article


Framtidsvägen. Vägen till vilken framtid för eleverna på gymnasieskolans yrkesprogram?
Mattias Nylund
Pedagogisk forskning i Sverige, Journal article 2010
Journal article

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