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Research interests

Foto på forskaren Martin Qvist.

Martin Qvist’s research is in the field of public administration and focuses on local level consequences of new forms of governance, inter-organizational relations and public sector reforms. His research covers several policy areas including refugee and integration policy, employment policy and transport infrastructure planning.

Current research projects

Qvist currently works in two research projects. Organizing for auditing – an essential element in governance, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, is a joint project between Södertörn University, Stockholm University and University of Gothenburg and is led by Göran Sundström (SU), Bengt Jacobsson (SH) and Jon Pierre (GU). The overall aim is to develop an understanding of how auditing has been organized in the Swedish state and the consequences of recent reforms in audit and performance management on democracy and governance. The project covers several policy areas and Qvist is responsible for the sub-project on transport infrastructure. The second one, Framtidens universitetssjukhus, is about the decision-making process in the case of the ‘New Karolinska’- hospital in Stockholm. This is a three-year project (2017-2020), financed by Stockholm County Council, and Qvist’s research mainly focuses on the initiation of this ‘mega-project’, and the front-end decision-making phase.

Selected Publications

PhD Dissertation

Qvist, M. (2012) Styrning av lokala integrationsprogram: Institutioner, nätverk och professionella normer inom det svenska flyktingmottagandet [Governing Local Integration Programmes: Institutions, Networks and Professional Norms in Swedish Refugee Reception]. Linköping Studies in Arts and Science. Full text

Peer-reviewed articles

Livia Johannesson and Martin Qvist (2020) «Navigating the policy stream: Contested solutions and organizational strategies of policy entrepreneurship», International Review of Public Policy, 2(1). DOI:

Ek Österberg, E. & Qvist, M. (2018) Public Sector Innovation as Governance Reform: A Comparative Analysis of Competitive and Collaborative Strategies in the Swedish Transport Sector. Administration & Society, EarlyView. DOI: 10.1177/0095399718789077

Qvist, M. (2017) Meta-Governance and Network Formation in Collaborative Spaces of Uncertainty: The Case of Swedish Refugee Integration Policy, Public Administration, Vol. 95 (2), pp. 498-511. DOI: 10.1111/padm.12310.

Qvist, M. (2016) Activation reform and inter-agency cooperation: Local consequences of mixed modes of governance in Sweden. Social Policy & Administration, Vol. 50 (1), pp. 19-38. DOI: 10.1111/spol.12124

Other publications

Qvist, M. & Johannesson, L. (2018) Ett megaprojekt tar form: Den tidiga planeringen av Nya Karolinska Solna. Statsvetenskapliga institutionen, Stockholms universitet. Full text

Qvist, M. (2017) Trafikverket som samhällsutvecklare. In Jacobsson, B. & Sundström, G. (eds) En modern myndighet: Trafikverket som ett förvaltningspolitiskt mikrokosmos. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Soininen, M. & Qvist, M. (2017) Partiorganisationer och representation – från problem till lösningar. In Bevelander, P. & Spång, M. (eds) Valdeltagande och representation: Om invandring och politisk integration i Sverige. Stockholm: Delmi. Full text

Qvist, M. (2017) Flyktingmottagandet före etableringsreformen – styrkor och svagheter i det kommunala mottagandet. In Asplund, A., Tovatt, C, & Thalberg, S. (eds) Vägen till arbete : Utrikesföddas möte med den svenska arbetsmarknaden. Stockholm: Delmi.

Qvist, M., Suter, B. & Ahlstedt, S. (2015) Migration – sovereignty, borders and control. In Dahlstedt, M & Neergaard, A. (eds) International migration and ethnic relations: Critical perspectives. London: Routledge.