Petra Nilsson Lindström

Petra Nilsson Lindström

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

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Petra Nilsson Lindström holds a Ph.D. in Medical Science, in the field of public health science, works as a senior lecturer of Public Health Science and is a qualified teacher at Kristianstad University.


My research interests are mainly work-related health and health-promoting school development from a salutogenic and person-centered perspective. I also apply an action-oriented approach to conducting research.

My doctoral thesis and subsequent two post-doc projects have focused on work-related health in the form of salutogenic factors and processes that improve how employees feel at work, development and quality testing of salutogenic questionnaires for work and health, how survey processes are experienced and can function in a work environment and how organizations work with co-worker dialogues.

I have been co-supervisor for the doctoral student Sophie Schön Persson and her thesis work focusing on salutogenic relationships in working life.  Sophie defended her thesis in 2019.  In addition, I have been an active researcher in two health-promoting school development projects, at Degebergaskolan and at Söderport Upper Secondary Special School.

I am project manager for the research project entitled Växa med hästkraft – forskning om personcentrering för ökad hälsa och personlig utveckling i daglig verksamhet (Growing with horsepower – research on person centring for improved health and personal development in daily operations) at Fulltofta Naturcentrum. In addition, I am a co-researcher in the ELCI project which deals with instrument development for discussions about lifestyle change, as well as in a new doctoral project where I will be a co-supervisor and where Kerstin Nilsson is project manager:  Därför orkar vi – Sjuksköterskors arbetssituation och hälsa före och under COVID-19 pandemin, samt förutsättningar för att arbeta personcentrerat  (Why we manage – nurses' work situation and health before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the preconditions for working in a person-centred manner).

Previous research projects

  • Health-promoting school development project at Söderport Upper Secondary Special School, 2019
  • Health-promoting school development project at Degebergaskolan, 2018
  • Co-supervisor for doctoral student Sophie Schön Persson in a project entitled Medarbetarskapets roll för en hälsoskapande arbetsplats (The role of employees in a health-creating workplace). Thesis defended in June 2019.  Project manager was Kerstin Blomqvist.
  • Postdoctoral fellow in the project MEDEA – MEDarbetare och Enkätprocesser i Arbetslivet (MEDEA – Employees and Survey Processes in Working Life) 2013–2021.
  • Previously collaborated with Agerus, a company working to commercialise our research results WEMS and SHIS, two salutogenic questionnaires for use in health development activities in workplaces.
  • Postdoctoral fellow in the project Utveckling av hälsoskapande arbetsplats (Development of health-creating workplaces) 2011–2013.
  • Defence in 2010 of the thesis Enhance your workplace! A dialogue tool for workplace health promotion with a salutogenic approach.
  • Previously doctoral student in the project Sluta plåstra – hälsoskapande arbetsplatser inom hälso- och sjukvården (Stop putting a plaster on it – health-creating workplaces in health care) 2006–2010.
  • Member of the research environment Människa - Hälsa - Samhälle (Human - Health - Society) since 2006.


I work as a senior lecturer, 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 generic competence.  I was promoted to Qualified 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 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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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