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Caroline Berggren

Senior lecturer

Caroline Berggren
Senior lecturer
+46 31 786 2061

Room number: A3 434
Postal Address: Box 300, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Västra Hamngatan 25 , 41117 Göteborg
Duties: Senior Lecturer, contact person for Minor Field Studies

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 Caroline Berggren

Research interests

My general research interest is social division based on class and gender in the educational system. So far, I have had the opportunity to work with the selection of applicants to higher education and with the selection of higher education graduates to the labour market.
Worldwide, Sweden is considered a country of equal opportunity. My research shows, however, that old structures show up in new forms, despite current policies on equality. For example, primarily men from privileged backgrounds took advantage of the alternative entrance routes to higher education, which had been established to facilitate under-represented groups of students. Another example is that, despite women’s increased participation in higher education and high completion rate, the odds are higher that male graduates from privileged backgrounds will end up in better paid positions. This phenomenon takes place regardless of an actual match between their credentials and the employment offer. I have also studied to what extent tertiary educated become self-employed. Tertiary educated are not likely to work as self-employed, unless they are educated within agriculture, forestry or arts.
I have mainly carried out statistical analyses on data from national registers, but recently also analysed policies about entrepreneurship education and performed semi-structured interviews about the ”Swedish fika”.


I supervise and examine theses with different theoretical and methodological perspectives. I teach sex/gender in research, theory, history, assessment, educational- and societal structures. I have also taught basic, descriptive statistics.

gender, social class, selection, higher education, labour market, entrepreneurship education

Projects and Research Programmes

Part of project: School, learning and mental health: determinants, consequences and prevention of school failure.

FUR, Prerequisites, Education and Results

KRIT/Page Power and Agency in Education

Latest publications

A Societal Perspective on Self-employment – Sweden as an example
Caroline Berggren, Anders Olofsson
Studies in Higher Education, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Entrepreneurship Education for Women – European Policy Examples of Neoliberal Feminism?
Caroline Berggren
G19 – Rethinking Knowledge Regimes: Solidarities & Contestations, Göteborg, October 7-9. , Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Tertiary educated people and the prevalence of self-employment
Caroline Berggren
Annual Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA), Uppsala, Sweden, March 6-8, , Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

The social efficiency of entrepreneurship education
C. Silander, Caroline Berggren
Governance and Political Entrepreneurship in Europe. Charlie Karlsson, Charlotte Silander, Daniel Silander (red.), UK, Edward Elgar, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

A career as self-employed?
Caroline Berggren, Charlotte Silander
Transitions, career learning and career management skills. Multi-disciplinary and critical perspectives, Stockholm, October 19-20, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Entrepreneurship in Higher Education
Caroline Berggren, Charlotte Silander
Annual Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA), Copenhagen, March 23-25, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Entrepreneurship Education and the Rhetoric of Crises
Charlotte Silander, Caroline Berggren
The 20th Uddevalla Symposium 2017 on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Industrial Dynamics in Internationalized Regional Economies, Trollhättan, June 15-17, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Political Entrepreneurs and Women’s Entrepreneurship
Charlotte Silander, Caroline Berggren
Political Entrepreneurship, Regional Growth and Entrepreneurial Diversity in Sweden, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

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