Carina Carlhed Ydhag has a PhD in Education and was appointed as Associate professor in Sociology of Education at Uppsala University in 2012. She holds a position as Assistant professor in Education at Stockholm University, Department of Education.

Her research spans critical studies of social structures of dominance within social and professional fields (Education and Medicine) and student social mobility, participation and study success in higher education and scientific knowledge production of student completion in the European policy context. She tries to keeping up an interest towards old research endeavours like Parent – professional collaboration in (re)habilitation services for young children with disabilities or special education settings.

She has an extensive experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods covering surveys, case studies with mixed methods, interviews, historical analysis using archive material and discourse analysis. Her theoretical ”toolbox” contains primarily theory within Sociology of Education with a solid base in Pierre Bourdieu’s work and inspirations from other scholars in cultural and educational sociology, new institutionalism, discourse theory, sociology of knowledge and sociology of professions and also from the contemporary research field on Higher education.

She collaborates with Ali Osman and Niclas Månsson in a research project ”Following footprints of resilient youth: successful educational trajectories and transition into higher education”, funded by Swedish Research Council 2017-2021.

Currently she is Head of Department, Department of Education, Stockholm University.

Link to video with participants in our project (in Swedish).

New articles:

Carlhed Ydhag, C., Månsson, N., & Osman, A. (2021). Momentums of success, illusio and habitus: high-achieving upper secondary students’ reasons for seeking academic success. International Journal of Educational Research 109.

Osman, A., Månsson, N. & Carlhed Ydhag, C. (2021). The significance of significant others: the perspective of high-achieving students of immigrant background. Nordic Journal of Transitions, Careers and Guidance2(1), 27–39. DOI:

Månsson, N., Carlhed Ydhag, C., & Osman, A. (2021). I skuggan av kulturellt kapital. – om konsten att omforma habitus för skolframgång [In the shadow of cultural capital – the art of transforming habitus for school success]. Nordic Studies in Education. 41(2) 1–18.

Osman, A., Carlhed Ydhag, C., & Månsson, N. (2020). Recipe for Educational Success:  A study of successful school performance of students from low social cultural backgroundInternational Studies in Sociology of Education.


Academic Positions

Head of Department, Department of Education, Stockholm University 1st August 2020.

Assistant Professor in Education, Stockholm University, Department of Education, 2016 – Present

Assistant Professor Sociology of Education, Uppsala University, Department of Education, 2011–2015

Researcher, Uppsala University, Department of Education, 2014–2015

Post Doctoral Research Fellow (Forskarassistent), Uppsala University, Department of Education, Culture and Media, 2010–2014

Senior Lecturer In Education, Mälardalen University, Department of Education, Culture and Communication, 2008–2011

Lecturer in Education, Mälardalen University, Department of Social Sciences, 1996–2007

Education & Training

Docent, Associate Professor in Sociology of Education, Uppsala University, Docent in Sociology of Education, 2012

PhD in Education, Uppsala University 2007

Master in Social Sciences, Mälardalen University, 1998