Short CV/Education and training

  • I have a PhD in Sociological Demography from Stockholm University, and am an associate professor in Analytical Sociology.

  • I am the PI for a large research project funded by the Swedish Research Council, on how machine learning methods combined with register data can teach us more about social inequality. I also have a number of other funded research projects by Forte and the Swedish Research Council that deal with causes and consequences from school- and residential segregation. Lately, I have also been interested in socio-economic inequality in those who suffer from covid-19 in different ways.

  • Most of the research I do is based on analyzes of register data. Sweden's extensive register data is unique, and enables research that is difficult to carry out in other countries. For example, register data makes it possible to investigate rare events that could not have been captured with survey data. The size of register data makes it possible to investigate how siblings who have different experiences of, for example, segregation differ in terms of grades or other outcomes. With the help of registers of where an individual lives each year, we can construct detailed measures of housing segregation, and study how individuals are affected by this in the longer term.

Selected publications

  • Brandén, M., & Bygren, M. (2021). The opportunity structure of segregation: School choice and school segregation in Sweden. Acta Sociologica, 00016993211068318.

  • Drefahl, S., Wallace, M., Mussino, E., Aradhya, S., Kolk, M., Brandén, M., Malmberg, B., and Andersson, G. (2020). A population-based cohort study of socio-demographic risk factors for COVID-19 deaths in Sweden. Nature communications, 11(1), 1-7.

  • Brandén, M., Aradhya, S., Kolk, M., Härkönen, J., Drefahl, S., Malmberg, B., Rostila, M., Cederström, A., Andersson, G. & Mussino, E. (2020). Residential context and COVID-19 mortality among adults aged 70 years and older in Stockholm: a population-based, observational study using individual-level data. The Lancet Healthy Longevity, 1(2), e80-e88. S2666-7568(20)30016-7.

  • Brandén, M., Birkelund, G., and Szulkin, R. (2019). Ethnic Composition of Schools and Students’ Educational Outcomes. Evidence from 15 Cohorts of Swedish Ninth Graders. International Migration Review, 53(2), 486-517.

  • Brandén, M., and Haandrikman, K. (2019). Who Moves to Whom? Gender Differences in the Distance Moved to a Shared Residence. European Journal of Population, 35(3), 435-458.

  • Borg, I. and Brandén, M. (2018). Do high levels of home-ownership create unemployment in Sweden? Introducing the missing link between housing tenure and labour market opportunities. Housing studies, 33(4), 501-524. DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1358808.

  • Ruppanner, L., Brandén, M., and Turunen, J. (2018). Does Unequal Housework Lead to Divorce? Evidence from Sweden. Sociology, 52(1), 75-94.

  • Brandén, M., Bygren, M., and Gähler, M. (2018). Can the Trailing Spouse Phenomenon Be Explained by Employer Recruitment Choices? Population, Space and Place, 24(6). DOI: 10.1002/psp.2141

  • Goldscheider, F., Bernhardt, E., and Brandén, M. (2013). Domestic Gender Equality and Childbearing in Sweden. Demographic Research. 29(4): 1097-1126.

  • Brandén, M. (2013). Couples' Education and Regional Mobility – the Importance of Occupation, Income and Gender. Population, Space and Place. 19(5): 522-526.


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