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Susanna Toivanen’s research is in the area of sociology of work and medical sociology. The focus is principally on the sociological perspectives of income, work environment, and individual coping resources in relation to cardiovascular and mental health in working populations, as well as health inequalities between different socioeconomic groups in the labor market. As the Swedish labor market is clearly segregated by gender, the focus is also on health differences in women and men.

Current research topics include: 
(a) work and health among the self-employed
(c) workplaces (offices) of the future, work organization and health
(d) social determinants of health and health inequalities in adult life

Susanna Toivanen teaches regularly, and is the co-editor of Den orättvisa hälsan (Liber 2012), the first course book in Swedish about health inequalities.

Toivanen was the Erik Allardt Fellow at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in September 2013 – May 2014. Presently, she collaborates with the CoPassion project at the University of Helsinki. She is a long term collaborator with the ELSA-Brasil study group at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro.

Doctoral thesis

Toivanen, S. Work-related inequalities in health. Studies of income, work environment, and sense of coherence. Centre for Health Equity Studies, StockholmsUniversitet/Karolinska Institutet. Stockholm: Stockholm University, 2007.

Selected publications

Toivanen, S, Mellner, C, Vinberg, S. Self‐employed persons in Sweden ‐ mortality differentials by industrial sector and enterprise legal form: A five‐year follow‐up study. American journal of industrial medicine, 2015;58(1):21-32.

Griep, R H, Bastos, L S, da Fonseca, M D J M, Silva-Costa, A, Portela, L F, Toivanen, S, & Rotenberg, L. Years worked at night and body mass index among registered nurses from eighteen public hospitals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. BMC health services research, 2014;14(1):1.

Toivanen, S. Income differences in stroke mortality: a follow-up study of the Swedish working population. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2011; 39(8):797-804.

Toivanen, S. Exploring the interplay between work stress and socioeconomic position in relation to common health complaints: the role of interaction. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2011;54(10):780-790.

Toivanen, S. Workplaces of the future – how are they studied? A literature study of Foresight and Delphi methods. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies 2011;1(1):161-167.

Toivanen, S. and Modin, B. (Invited Editorial) Social determinants of health at different phases of life. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 2011;18(1):1-4.

Lundberg, O. and Toivanen, S. Sense of coherence and social structure. In Nriagu, J.O. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Environmental Health. Elsevier Science (USA) 2011.

Modin, B., Östberg, V., Toivanen, S., and Sundell, K. Psychosocial working conditions, school sense of coherence and subjective health complaints. A multilevel analysis of ninth grade pupils in the Stockholm area. Journal of Adolescence 2011;34(1):129-139.

Toivanen, S. Stress at work and risk of stroke among working women - a literature study. In Sahaya, A., Kaishta, S., and Patel, V. (Eds.) Gender and Development. New Delhi: The Women Press 2010; pp. 216-241.

Harter Griep, R., Rotenberg, L., Chor, D., and Toivanen, S., Landsbergis, P. Beyond simple approaches to studying the association between work characteristics and absenteeism: Combining the DCS and ERI models. Work and Stress 2010;24(2):179-195.

Toivanen, S. Job Control and the Risk of Incident Stroke in the Working Population in Sweden. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health 2008;34(1):40-47.

Toivanen, S. and Hemström, Ö. Is the impact of job control on stroke mortality confounded by occupational class? A large-scale study of the Swedish working population. Stroke 2008;39(4):1321-3.

Toivanen, S. Ökar lågt beslutsutrymme i arbetet risken för stroke? Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift 2007;84(6):478-87.

Toivanen, S. Work Stress and Health: is the association moderated by Sense of Coherence? In Fritzell, J and Lundberg, O (Eds.) Health Inequalities and Welfare Resources: Continuity and Change in Sweden. Bristol: The Policy Press 2007; pp. 87-107.

Toivanen, S. and Hemström, Ö. Income differences in cardiovascular disease: is the contribution from work similar in prevalence versus mortality outcomes? International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 2006;13(1):89 -100.

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