Sustainable lifestyle and health from a public health perspective

Research focus

Lifestyle factors (for example eating, exercising, smoking, drinking, sleeping, gaming, and networking), influence health and wellbeing in both positive and negative ways. Moreover, lifestyle factors may contribute to sustainable development on a global scale, for example through diet low in greenhouse gas emissions, environmentally friendly transportations, and social responsibility. Sweden has a well-developed welfare system compared to many other countries, but the prevalence of diseases is still unequally distributed between different socioeconomic groups. Also, the usage and access to health care resources differ between groups in the society, resulting in negative consequences for the individual, the community and public health in general.


The overall aim is to use quantitative and qualitative methods to contribute to sustainable development with a focus on lifestyle factors and health from a public health perspective.


The group's research is inherently interdisciplinary and involves a large number of partners in municipalities, county councils, private companies and researchers at national and international universities. Examples of partners includes the Karolinska Institute , Chalmers University , the Social Contract , Stanford University , Harvard School of Public Health , the Swedish Environmental Research Institute , Region Västmanland , Sörmland County Council , and Stockholm University , among others.