Petra Nilsson Lindström

Petra Nilsson Lindström

Ph.D in Medical Science - Public Health, Qualified Teacher, Assistant Professor in Health Science

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    Petra Nilsson Lindström holds a Ph.D. in Medical Science, in the field of public health science, works as a Assistant Professor in Health Science and is promoted to a Qualified/Merited teacher at Kristianstad University.

    My research focus is overall based on a salutogenic perspective on health and empowerment processes. I conduct research in various arenas, for example working life, school and daily activities, with a person-centred and action-oriented approach. I also conduct higher education pedagogical research, mainly in relation to student-centred learning and academic teachership.

    My thesis work (2010) and subsequent two post doc projects focused on work-related health in the form of salutogenic factors that make employees feel good at work; development and quality testing of salutogenic questionnaires for work and health; how survey processes are perceived and can function in work environment work and how organizations work with employee interviews.

    I have been co-supervisor to the the PhD student Sophie Schön Persson and her thesis work which focused on salutogenic relationships in working life. Sophie completed her dissertation in 2019.

    The current research project (2020-2023) in which I am the project leader is called: "Grow with horse power - research on person-centeredness for increased health and personal development in daily activity" at Fulltofta Nature Center.

    I am co-supervisor to doctoral student Sara Alenius in the research project: "Equipped for lifestyle counseling - An educational model to promote personcentered lifestyle counseling skills in nurses: The ELCI project". The project started in 2022.

    I am co-supervisor to doctoral student Johanna Bergman in the research project: "Person-centredness as an innovative strategy for health-promoting sports education". The project started in 2022.

    I am co-supervisor to doctoral student Cicilia Nagel in the project: "That's why we can cope - Nurses' work situation and health before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as conditions for person-centred work". The project started in 2021.

    Higher Education Research-project about student centred learning culture, 2022-2024.

    Higher Education Research-project about program examination, 2022-2024.

    Health-promoting school development project at Söderport's special secondary school, 2019.

    Health-promoting school development project at Degeberga School, 2018.

    The role of the workforce for a health-creating workplace. Doctoral project: Sophie Schön Persson, completion 2019.

    Post-doctoral fellow in the project "MEDEA - MED workers and Survey Processes in Working Life", 2013–2021.

    Has previously collaborated with the company Agerus to commercialize the research results WEMS and SHIS, two salutogenic questionnaires for use in workplace health development work.

    Postdoctoral researcher in the project "Development of a health-creating workplace", 2011–2013.

    Disputed in 2010 on the thesis "Enhance your workplace! A dialogue tool for workplace health promotion with a salutogenic approach". Former PhD student in the project "Stop band-aid - health-creating workplaces in health care", 2006–2010.

    Member of the research environment Human - Health - Society since 2006-ongoing.

    Research group leader for HERD@HKR (Higher Education Research and Development) since 2022-ongoing.


    I work as associate professor, teaching on courses and programmes in the field of public health science, as well as methods courses. I teach both on-campus and online courses at bachelor, master and postgraduate levels.  In addition, I supervise and examine degree projects at the bachelor, master and doctoral level in public health science and health science.

    My interest in higher education pedagogics is mainly focused on student-centred learning, Universal Design for Learning and academic teachership.  I was promoted to Qualified/Merited Teacher at Kristianstad University in 2019.

    I am one of two editors (Bringsén Å. & Nilsson Lindström, P.) of the textbook Hälsopromotion i teori och praktik: olika arenor och målgrupper (Health promotion in theory and practice: different arenas and target groups) which was published in Swedish by Liber in 2019.

    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 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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