This year’s recipient of the Zetterberg Prize announced

6 November 2020

Lisa Lindén, Department of Sociology and Work Science at the University of Gothenburg, has been awarded the 2020 Zetterberg Prize in Sociology, for her research on the socio-political dimensions of vaccinations.

Each year, the Department of Sociology at Uppsala University awards the international Hans L. Zetterberg Prize to a “younger researcher, Swedish or foreign, whose scholarly work, preferably through fruitfully combining theory and practice, has move the research front forward”. The prize amount is SEK 100,000.

Lisa Lindén

This year’s recipient is Lisa Lindén. Since February 2018, Lindén has worked at the Department of Sociology and Work Science at the University of Gothenburg. From 2019 to 2021 she is a visiting research fellow at the Centre for Science Studies, Lancaster University. The fellowship is within the framework for an international postdoc from the Swedish Research Council. She defended her thesis in 2016 at Technology and Social Change, Linköping University.

Award statement:

“Lisa Lindén is awarded the Zetterberg Prize for analysing the socio-political dimensions of vaccinations. Lindén uses knowledge creation from a sociological perspective, but expands on this to provide better understanding for how resistance to existing public campaigns forms and is maintained online. Her qualitative research is relevant for understanding how groups form ideas that are critical of, or which even stand in direct opposition to, scientifically based knowledge. Her research occupies the intersection of three fields of research: health, digitalisation and gender. Lindén’s research agenda points to the relation between scientific knowledge and how it is interpreted and used for different purposes.

About the Zetterberg Prize

Hans L. Zetterberg (1927–2014) studied sociology in Uppsala and was one of Torgny Segerstedt’s first students in the new field, which was first established in the country in 1947. He was active for many years at the Department of Sociology in Uppsala (licentiate degree 1952). The prize is made possible through a donation from Hans L. Zetterberg’s family: his wife Karin Busch Zetterberg, son Martin C. Zetterberg and daughter Anna D. Zetterberg. The donation also includes furnishings and books in the Hans L. Zetterberg Room at the Department of Sociology at Uppsala University.