Mikael Nordenmark

Prefekt|Head of Department


I obtained my doctor's degree in Sociology in 1999 on the thesis "Unemployment, Employment Commitment and well-being - The Psycho-social Meaning of (Un)employment among Women and Men". I became Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, Umeå University 2003. Since 2006 I holds a position as Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences at the Department of Health Sciences, Mid Sweden University


Main research interests are relationships among working life, family life, gender and well-being in a Swedish and international perspective. Generally speaking, the research concerns two central aspects of working life; 1) Unemployment, inactivity, work motivation and psychosocial well-being 2) The conflict/balance between work life and family life, and its connection to health. Most research has a longitudinal and/or comparative approach. I has been a Research Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) in Uppsala and at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) in Stanford.

Teaching and tutoring

I have taught in a number of different subject areas such as sociological theory, scientific theory and method as well as on various aspects of working life conditions.


Articles in journals

Nordenmark, M. , Landstad, B. , Tjulin, Å. & Vinberg, S. (2023). Life Satisfaction among Self-Employed People in Different Welfare Regimes during the COVID-19 Pandemic : Significance of Household Finances and Concerns about Work. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 20: 6  

Landstad, B. J. , Hedlund, M. , Tjulin, Å. , Nordenmark, M. & Vinberg, S. (2023). Making things work–In spite of a pandemic small scale enterprise managers’ approach to business changes and health issues. PLOS ONE, vol. 18: 7  

Nordenmark, M. & Vinberg, S. (2023). Working from home, work/life conflict and mental wellbeing in Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Work, , pp. 1-10.  

Hansson, J. , Nordenmark, M. , Tjulin, Å. , Landstad, B. & Vinberg, S. (2022). Socio-Ecological Factors and Well-Being among Self-Employed in Europe during the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 19, pp. 1-13.  

Tjulin, Å. , Vinberg, S. , Landstad, B. J. , Marianne, H. & Nordenmark, M. (2022). The disappointment of financial support measures during the COVID-19 pandemic among small business managers’ in Sweden. SN Business & Economics, : 2  

Nordenmark, M. (2021). How family policy context shapes mental wellbeing of mothers and fathers. Social Indicators Research, vol. 158: 1, pp. 45-57.    

Vinberg, S. , Landstad, B. , Tjulin, Å. & Nordenmark, M. (2021). Sickness Presenteeism Among the Swedish Self-Employed During the Covid-19 Pandemic. Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 12, pp. 1-10.    

Nordenmark, M. , Landstad, B. & Hedlund, M. (2020). The role of self-help groups in promoting self-confidence and hope for the future among people on sick leave in Norway : The importance of educational level. Work, vol. 65: 3, pp. 617-623.  

Nordenmark, M. , Almén, N. & Vinberg, S. (2020). Work/Family Conflict of More Importance than Psychosocial Working Conditions and Family Conditions for Mental Wellbeing. Societies, vol. 10: 67, pp. 1-15.    

Toivanen, S. , Härter Griep, R. , Mellner, C. , Nordenmark, M. , Vinberg, S. & Eloranta, S. (2019). Hospitalization due to stroke and myocardial infarction in self-employed individuals and small business owners compared with paid employees in Sweden—a 5-year study. Small Business Economics, vol. 53: 2, pp. 343-354.    

Nordenmark, M. , Hagqvist, E. & Vinberg, S. (2019). Sickness Presenteeism among the Self-employed and Employed in Northwestern Europe—The Importance of Time Demands. SH@W Safety and Health at Work, vol. 10: 2, pp. 224-228.    

Hagqvist, E. , Vinberg, S. , Landstad, B. & Nordenmark, M. (2018). Is the gap between experienced working conditions and the perceived importance of these conditions related to subjective health?. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, vol. 11: 1, pp. 2-15.  

Nordenmark, M. (2018). The importance of job and family satisfaction for happiness among women and men in different gender regimes. Societies, vol. 8: 1    

Hagqvist, E. , Nordenmark, M. , Pérez, G. , Trujillo Alemán, S. & Gillander Gådin, K. (2017). Parental leave policies and time use for mothers and fathers : A case study of Spain and Sweden. Society, health and vulnerability, vol. 8: 1, pp. 2-12.    

Hagqvist, E. , Gillander Gådin, K. & Nordenmark, M. (2017). Work-family conflict and well-being across Europe : The role of gender context. Social Indicators Research, vol. 132: 2, pp. 785-797.      

Johansson Sevä, I. , Vinberg, S. , Nordenmark, M. & Strandh, M. (2016). Subjective well-being among the self-employed in Europe - macroeconomy, gender and immigrant status. Small Business Economics, vol. 46: 2, pp. 239-253.    

Nordenmark, M. , Gillander Gådin, K. , Selander, J. , Sjödin, J. & Sellström, E. (2015). Self-rated health among young Europeans not in employment, education or training-with a focus on the conventionally unemployed and the disengaged. Vulnerable Groups & Inclusion, vol. 6    

Klockmo, C. , Marnetoft, S. , Selander, J. & Nordenmark, M. (2014). Important components to create personal working alliances with clients in the mental health sector to support the recovery process. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, vol. 37: 1, pp. 40-47.  

Nordenmark, M. (2013). Disagreement about division of household labour and experiences of work-family conflict in different gender regimes. Géneros. Multidiciplinary Journal of Gender Studies, vol. 2: 3, pp. 205-232.    

Strandh, M. , Hammarström, A. , Nilsson, K. , Nordenmark, M. & Russel, H. (2013). Unemployment, gender and mental health : The role of the gender regime. Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 35: 5, pp. 649-665.  

Hagqvist, E. , Gillander Gådin, K. & Nordenmark, M. (2012). Division of labor, perceived labor-related stress and well-being among European couples. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 2: 4, pp. 452-460.    

Vinberg, S. , Gundersen, K. T. , Nordenmark, M. , Larsson, J. & Landstad, B. (2012). Entrepreneurs’ health – the importance of psychosocial working conditions and individual factors. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, vol. 4: 4, pp. 374-390.  

Nordenmark, M. , Vinberg, S. & Strandh, M. (2012). Job control and demands, work-life balance and wellbeing among self-employed men and women in Europe.. Vulnerable Groups & Inclusion, vol. 3    

Klockmo, C. , Marnetoft, S. , Nordenmark, M. & Dalin, R. (2012). Knowledge and attitude regarding recovery among mental health practitioners in Sweden. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, vol. 35: 1, pp. 62-68.  

Klockmo, C. , Marnetoft, S. & Nordenmark, M. (2012). Moving toward a recovery-oriented approach in the Swedish mental health system : an interview study of Personligt Ombud in Sweden. Vulnerable Groups & Inclusion, vol. 3, pp. 1-16.    

Månsdotter, A. , Nordenmark, M. & Hammarström, A. (2012). The importance of childhood and adulthood aspects of gendered life for adult mental ill-health symptoms – a 27-year follow-up of the Northern Swedish Cohort. BMC Public Health, vol. 12, pp. Art. no. 493    

Svensson, J. , Romild, U. , Månsdotter, A. & Nordenmark, M. (2011). Gendered gambling domains and changes in Sweden. International Gambling Studies, vol. 11: 2, pp. 193-211.  

Sjöström, R. , Alricsson, M. , Asplund, R. & Nordenmark, M. (2009). Back to work - A two year outcome of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation programme focused on physical function and pain. Disability and Rehabilitation, vol. 31: 3, pp. 237-242.  

Nordenmark, M. & Stattin, M. (2009). Psychosocial wellbeing and reasons for retirement in Sweden. Ageing & Society, vol. 29: Part 3, pp. 413-430.  

Fjell, Y. , Alexanderson, K. , Nordenmark, M. & Bildt, C. (2008). Perceived physical strain in paid and unpaid work and the work-home interface: the associations with musculoskeletal pain and fatigue among public employees.. Women & health, vol. 47: 1, pp. 21-44.  

Nordenmark, M. , Grönlund, A. , Halleröd, B. , Evertsson, L. , Nilsson, K. , Norberg-Schönfeldt, M. , Nyman, C. & Wikström, M. (2008). Vi kan inte bortse från jämställdhetens baksida. Dagens Nyheter, : 090104, pp. A06-A06.

Nordenmark, M. (2007). Arbete och familj : En källa till konflikt. Loop, vol. 3, pp. 51-53.

Nordenmark, M. , Strandh, M. & Layte, R. (2006). The impact of unemployment benefit system on mental wellbeing of the unemployed in Sweden, Ireland and Great Britain. European Societies, vol. 8: 1, pp. 83-110.  

Strandh, M. & Nordenmark, M. (2006). The interference of paid work with household demands in different social policy contexts : Perceived role conflicts in Sweden, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Hungary and the Czech Republic. British Journal of Sociology, vol. 57: 4, pp. 597-617.  

Nordenmark, M. (2004). Balancing work and family demands : Do increasing demands increase stress?. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, vol. 32: 6, pp. 450-455.  

Nordenmark, M. (2004). Does gender ideology explain differences between countries regarding the involvement of women and men in paid and unpaid work?. International Journal of Social Welfare, vol. 13: 3, pp. 233-243.  

Nordenmark, M. (2004). Multiple social roles and well-being : a longitudinal test of the role stress theory and the role expansion theory. Acta Sociologica, vol. 47: 2, pp. 115-126.

Nordenmark, M. & Nyman, C. (2003). Fair or unfair? : Perceived Fairness of Household Division of Labour and Gender Equality among Women and Men: The Swedish case. European Journal of Women's Studies, vol. 10: 2, pp. 181-209.  

Nordenmark, M. (2002). Multiple social roles - a resource or a burden : Is it possible for men and women to combine paid work with family life in a satisfactory way?. Gender, Work & Organization, vol. 9: 2, pp. 125-145.  

Nordenmark, M. (2000). Familjesituation och arbetsmarknadsstatus : Vad förklarar ensamstående föräldrars låga sannolikhet att erhålla ett arbete?. Arbetsmarknad & Arbetsliv, vol. 6: 2, pp. 97-111.

Nordenmark, M. (1999). Arbetslöshetskoncentration: Ett resultat av negativa attityder gentemot arbete?. Sociologisk forskning, : 3, pp. 4-21.

Nordenmark, M. (1999). Employment commitment and psychological well-being among unemployed men and women. Acta Sociologica, vol. 42: 2, pp. 135-146.  

Nordenmark, M. (1999). Non-financial employment motivation and well-being in different labour market situations : A Longitudinal Study. Work, Employment and Society, vol. 13: 4, pp. 601-620.  

Nordenmark, M. (1999). The concentration of unemployment within families and social networks. : A question concerning attitudes or structural factors?. European Sociological Review, vol. 15: 1, pp. 49-59.

Nordenmark, M. & Strandh, M. (1999). Towards a Sociological Understanding of Mental Well being Among the Unemployed � s : The Role of Economic and Psychosocial Factors. Sociology: the journal of the British Sociological Association, vol. 33: 3, pp. 577-597.  

Articles, book reviews

Nordenmark, M. (2009). Combining work and care in Russia and Sweden. Zhanna Kravchenkos PhD thesis, Department of Sociology, Stockholm University. Sociologisk forskning, : 1, pp. 100-102.


Nordenmark, M. (2004). Arbetsliv, familjeliv och kön. Umeå : Boréa

Chapters in books

Vinberg, S. , Nordenmark, M. & Landstad, B. J. (2023). Arbetsgivarens ansvar för arbetsmiljö- och rehabiliteringsarbete. In Rehabiliteringsvetenskap : Perspektiv, aktörer och strategier för hälsa i arbetslivet. Studentlitteratur AB. pp. 227-247.

Toivanen, S. , Hagqvist, E. , Landstad, B. , Nordenmark, M. , Östergren, P. & Vinberg, S. (2019). Mikroföretagares arbetsmiljö och hälsa med fokus på genus och etnicitet - innovationer för tillsyn. In Arbetsmiljö och ohälsa i ett genusperspektiv : Uppdragsforskning med relevans för tillsynsverksamheten. Stockholm : Arbetsmiljöverket (Rapport 2019:7: Arbetsmiljö och ohälsa i ett genusperspektiv. Arbetsmiljöverket). pp. 43-55.  

Nordenmark, M. (2015). Gender regime, attitudes towards childcare and actual involvement in childcare among fathers. In Fatherhood in the Nordic welfare states : Comparing care policies and practice. Bristol : Policy Press. pp. 163-184.

Nordenmark, M. (2014). Minut för minut mot en jämställd tid. In Glimtar av jämställdhet. Umeå : Boréa Bokförlag. pp. 33-50.

Nordenmark, M. (2008). Bråk och rollkonflikter – jämställdhetens avigsida?. In Jämställdhetens pris. Umeå : Boréa. pp. 111-134.

Nordenmark, M. (2008). Disagreement about division of work among couples in Europe: The role of gender ideology and labour involvement. In Nordic Social Attitudes in a European Perspective. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing. pp. 152-171.

Nordenmark, M. (2008). Är upplevelse av stress mellan arbetsliv och familjeliv ett hinder för kvinnors arbetsmarknadsdeltagande?. In Arbete, hälsa och kön. Sundsvall : Mittuniversitetet (Genusstudier vid Mittuniversitetet). pp. 50-60.

Nordenmark, M. & Stattin, M. (2006). Pensionering och välbefinnande - betydelsen av pensionsorsak och inflytande. In Äldres levnadsförhållanden. : Arbete, ekonomi, hälsa och sociala nätverk 1980-2003. Stockholm : Statistiska centralbyrån (SCB) (Levnadsförhållanden). pp. 638-.

Nordenmark, M. (2006). Sociala relationer och upplevelse av ensamhet. In Äldres levnadsförhållanden : Arbete, ekonomi, hälsa och sociala nätverk 1980-2003. Stockholm : Statistiska centralbyrån (SCB) (Levnadsförhållanden). pp. 638-.

Nordenmark, M. (2006). Unemployment. In The Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology Vol X ST-Z. Oxford : Blackwell Publishing. pp. 5090-5091.

Nordenmark, M. (2000). Unemployment and family life : The relationship among employment status, household division of labour and well-being. In Walking a tightrope : meeting the challenges of work and family. Aldershot : Ashgate.

Collections (editor)

Nordenmark, M. (ed.) & Rashid, S. (ed.) (2008). Arbete, hälsa och kön. Sundsvall : Mittuniversitetet (Genusstudier vid Mittuniversitetet 2).  

Conference papers

Hansson, J. , Nordenmark, M. , Tjulin, Å. , Landstad, B. & Vinberg, S. (2023). Socio-Ecological Factors and Well-Being among Self-Employed in Europe during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In 10th Nordic Health Promotion Research Conference June 14-16 2023, Halmstad June 14–16, 2023 : Sustainability and the impact on health and well-being. Halmstad :

Nordenmark, M. & Vinberg, S. (2023). Working from home, work/life conflict and mental wellbeing in Europe during the pandemic. In FALF 2023 - Arbetets gränser.. pp. 27--28.

Vinberg, S. , Landstad, B. , Tjulin, Å. , Nordenmark, M. & Hansson, J. (2022). Ledares arbetsvillkor och arbetsmiljöarbete i småföretag under pandemin : lärdomar för framtiden. In Framtidens arbete – arbetets framtid : Book of abstracts. Luleå : . pp. 76--77.

Vinberg, S. , Tjulin, Å. , Nordenmark, M. , Hansson, J. & Landstad, B. (2021). Små företag och COVID-19 – ledares upplevelser av arbetsvillkor, balans arbete-fritid och hälsa. In Konferensbok FALF 14–16 juni 2021. Västerås : . pp. 133--134.  

Vinberg, S. , Nordenmark, M. , Hagqvist, E. & Toivanen, S. (2019). Sickness presenteeism among self-employed in Europe. Paper presented at the FALF KONFERENS 2019 Hållbar utveckling i organisationer, Norrköping, 10-12 juni, 2019

Vinberg, S. , Hagqvist, E. , Toivanen, S. & Nordenmark, M. (2018). Sickness Presence Among Self-Employed In Western Europe – The Importance Of Psychosocial Working Conditions. Paper presented at the EAWOP Small Group Meeting,"To work, or not to work (when sick), that is the question", Klagenfurt, Austria, July 27-28, 2018

Toivanen, S. , Harter Griep, R. , Mellner, C. , Nordenmark, M. , Vinberg, S. & Eloranta, S. (2016). Hospitalization due to stroke or myocardial infarction – are there any differences between self-employed individuals and employees?. Paper presented at the Health of small business owners & entrepreneurs - 1st international workshop, Montpellier, France, September 29 and 30, 2016

Toivanen, S. , Harter Griep, R. , Mellner, C. , Nordenmark, M. , Vinberg, S. & Eloranta, S. (2016). Sjukhusinläggningar till följd av akuta hjärt-kärlsjukdomar: finns det skillnader mellan egenföretagare och anställda inom samma bransch?. In Book of abstracts - FALF 2016. Östersund : . pp. 42--43.  

Doctoral theses

Nordenmark, M. (1999). Unemployment, Employment Commitment and Well-being : The Psychosocial Meaning of (Un)employment among Women and Men. Dis. Umeå : Umeå univ., 1999 (Doctoral theses at the Department of Sociology : 10)


Nordenmark, M. (2011). Sverige blir jämställt redan under 2020-talet. Stockholm : DN-debatt..


Vinberg, S. , Landstad, B. , Tjulin, Å. , Nordenmark, M. & Hansson, J. (2024). Småföretag och Covid-19 : – ledares lärdomar inför framtida kriser. Sundsvall : Mid Sweden University  

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