Cecilia Nahnfeldt is Head of the Church of Sweden Research Department since 2015. She has a PhD in Religious Studies and is associate professor in Gender Studies. Her main area of research is in systematic and practical theology with gender perspectives. Her dissertation: Kallelse och kön: Schabloner i läsning av Matteusevangeliets berättelser, 2006 [Vocation and Gender Reinterpreted: Patterns in the Narratives of the Gospel of Matthew] is a starting point for her further research on work life balance, social innovation, calling and work and also her interest for theological aspects of everyday life in practice.
In 2010 she published her research on work-life balancing at the work place, Balansamodellen. Systematisk kvalitetsutveckling till stöd för balansering av arbetsliv och övrigt liv. [The Balansa model. Systematic quality development supporting work life balance] The model has been further developed as a social innovation and is today run by the company CojnBalansa AB. In 2016 she published a book bringing together the concept of vocation with the contemporary understandings of work life balance, Luthersk kallelse - handlingskraft och barmhärtighet, [Lutheran vocation – empower and give mercy].
At the moment she directs the research department developing the platform on Societal theology, focusing on intersections between church, public society and other actors in society. She is involved in two projects: Social innovation in Church of Sweden together with associate professor Malin Lindberg, Luleå University of Technology; and she is also researcher and member of steering committee of NORDHOST, a program on Nordic hospitalities in a context of migration and refugee crisis at Oslo university.
Social innovation in Church of Sweden:
This project aims to explore existing initiatives for social support and development connected to activities of and organization of Church of Sweden and local, regional and national level. Focus is both to understand social innovation in a faithbased context, to critically analyze what hampers or support this development, and to discern gendered conditions and theological aspects. The project are built as series of projects and are supported by external funding from Vinnova, Sweden's innovation agency, and the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society.
NORDHOST: Nordic hospitalities in a context of migration and refugee crisis
This project aims to explore this duality of openness and closure. In the context of migration, values like hospitality and solidarity are frequently used internationally to discuss and challenge current policies. But what could these values mean in a Nordic context where the universality of the welfare state so far has had a significant impact? NORDHOST will discuss this, both conceptually and empirically.