Lise Eriksson

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Lise Eriksson studies reproduction, social norms and values. She is a researcher in the interdisciplinary research programme MigraMed (VR, Forte), which analyzes value conflicts in healthcare regarding reproduction, migration and social norms.

Academic merits: Associate Professor (Docent), Sociology of Religion, Uppsala University (2018); PhD, Sociology, Åbo Akademi University (2012).

Research interests:
Assisted reproduction, surrogacy, health, family, reproduction, migration, religion.


Associate Professor/Docent Lise Eriksson is affiliated researcher at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala University, The Centre for Multidisciplinary Research on Religion and Society (CRS), and the Unit of Sociology at Åbo Akademi University. Her fields of expertise are medical sociology, sociology of religion, comparative policy analysis, open science and qualitative methods, including interviews and discourse analysis. Her career track record includes several research positions and the securing of external funding under highly competitive circumstances, for instance an Academy of Finland postdoctoral fellowship (2015-2018), and coordinator of the MigraMed research program funded by the Swedish Research Council at Uppsala University (2020-2022). Since being awarded her PhD in Sociology in 2012, she has authored several articles on assisted reproduction, surrogacy, doula support for migrant women, sexual and reproductive health and rights, healthcare providers’ values, the public impact of religion, social norms and values.

The MigraMed research programme (Swedish Research Council, Forte) analyses value conflicts in healthcare regarding reproduction, migration and social norms (Migration and equity in sexual and reproductive health: The importance of dynamics in cultural and social values for improving practice through co-production). The project aims to improve clinical encounters with patients with a migrant background, and to find solutions on how to deal with the sensitive values related to reproductive rights.

Eriksson was Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Department of Sociology, Uppsala University 2018-2020. She was member of the Welfare Research Group. Before joining the Department of Sociology, she was a postdoctoral researcher in Sociology at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. She was a visiting researcher at The Centre for Multidisciplinary Research on Religion and Society (CRS) at Uppsala University 2016-2018, and member of the centre of excellence The Impact of Religion: Challences for Society, Law and Democracy. Eriksson’s postdoctoral research on surrogacy in the Nordic countries was funded by the Academy of Finland (2015-2018), the Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation and Jubileumsfonden vid Åbo Akademi (2014, 2019). The comparative NORSUR project studied political debates on surrogacy and reproductive technologies in Finland and Norway. The project also included interviews with Finnish surrogate mothers and intended parents. Eriksson obtained a PhD at Åbo Akademi University in 2012. The dissertation analyses debates on assisted reproduction in the Parliament of Finland. During the academic year 2013–2014 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway, where she participated in the research group Biopolitics and Biotechnology.

See list of publications in the attached CV.


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