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Associate Professor/Docent Lise Eriksson is affiliated researcher in Sociology at Åbo Akademi University. She currently works as a research data management expert in the Open Science team at Åbo Akademi University Library. She is also an affiliated researcher at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala University. In 2020-2022, she was researcher and coordinator of the MigraMed research programme (Swedish Research Council & Forte), which analyses value conflicts in healthcare regarding reproduction, migration and social norms. 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 the Department of Sociology, Uppsala University from 2018 to 2020, and member of the Welfare Research Group. From 2015 to 2018 she was an Academy of Finland postdoctoral researcher in Sociology at Åbo Akademi University. 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. Her research interests include assisted reproductive technologies, surrogacy, migration, social norms, family and kinship studies, gender, health and religion.

Eriksson’s postdoctoral research on surrogacy in the Nordic countries was funded by the Academy of Finland, 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.

E-mail: lise.eriksson(at)abo.fi

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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