Collaborators within the project are Project PI Nihad Bunar (Department of Special Pedagogy, Stockholm University), Associate Professor and Dr Kari Trost and Dr. Mirjam Hagström, Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University). 

The project will continue from 2018-2023 and is funded by the Gålö Foundation. 

Although school context matters, many differences in school results between children and youth are due to factors outside of the school context. If we accept the premise that school success is an important cornerstone of a young person's life, it can be argued that the reason for increased or decreased opportunities for self-realization lies in factors, which has to do with the individual, family, neighborhood, social networks, and social structures.

The project focuses on these contexts in order to understand well-being, health, and school success across diverse populations including but not limited to diversified populations and those living in structurally disadvantaged contexts. By doing so, we look beyond important political strategies like educating principals and hiring qualified teachers. We also look beyond a single contextual aspect of the individual and we look further into the weighted risk phenomenon (see Trost, El-Khouri, & Sundell, 2019).

In the project, we are able to contextualize the complex conditions and relationships in which youth, their families, and school staff exist. By taking holistic person-context approach, we look at how and why some youth from similar contexts may do well and why others may not.

The project has two main areas of interest. The first is to study, theorize, and gather an array of information from youth, their parents, and school staff in various regions within central Sweden in order to gain rich knowledge about children and youth today from social diverse backgrounds.

The project addresses important issues like experienced social (in)equality, health (in)equality, and school related experiences from children, youth, their parents, school staff, and community leaders.  

Another primary interest of the project is policy-oriented. By including several municipalities within central Sweden, any policy recommendations and implementation strategies will be based on the empirical findings from our project.