Research Unit STEP

Welcome to the STEP Seminar

If you are interested in participating, please contact Henrik Román

Research Unit for Studies in Educational Policy and Educational Philosophy (STEP)

The research group STEP – Studies in Educational Policy and Educational Philosophy – was established in 2000. STEP performs studies on socialization, bildung, specifically focusing knowledge organization, selection and legitimization in different educational institutions, spanning from pre-school to higher education. Our research addresses the interplay between education policy, practice, and research. Curriculum theory is a fundamental theoretical frame of reference. We take an interest in change and continuity in education and its framing conditions, not least with respect to how economic, legal and cultural changes affect education policy, research and practice. This includes an interest in educational philosophical matters such as equity, sustainable development, rights/obligations and justice. Our research is grounded in internationally established curriculum and governance theories, comprising institutional, comparative, historical and spatial analyses of different kinds of education arenas. STEP is involved in a number of research projects within five main areas:

  • Educational policy and research
  • Assessment and evaluation as practices and governing tools
  • Governing, management and leadership
  • School practice and content
  • Higher education

STEP currently (2017) consists of professors, readers, senior lecturers, doctoral students, and a number of associate members from Uppsala and other Swedish and Nordic universities.

Scientific directors

Professor Eva Forsberg, Reader Daniel Pettersson, and Senior lecturer Henrik Román, who is also the coordinator of STEP. Professor emeritus Ulf P Lundgren is Senior advisor.


Henrik Roman


Majsa Allelin, Andreas Bergh, Leo Berglund, Cresantus Biamba, John Cunningham, Eva Forsberg, Stina Hallsén, Gustaf Jansson Bjurhammer, Urban-Andreas Johansson, Jamshid Karami, Marie Karlsson, Nils Kirsten, Sara Levander, Ulf P Lundgren, Gunnlaugur Magnusson, Tatiana Mikhailova, Daniel Pettersson, Henrik Román, Maria Rosén, Barbara Schulte, Elin Sundström Sjödin, Wieland Wermke, Susanna Yilmaz Ruhmén.

Associated members

Petter Aasen, Carl-Henrik Adolfsson, Christina Elde Mølstad, Linda Eriksson, Lars Geschwind, Joel Jansson, Andreas Nordin, David Paulsrud, Tine S. Prøitz, Johanna Ringarp, Daniel Sundberg.


STEP is engaged in several international and national networks: Nordic Curriculum Theory Network, Nordic Network for Studies in Academic Development Activities and the national educational history network. STEP cooperates with many different research environments, such as CLEG (Curriculum Studies, Leadership and Educational Governance, UiO), SPLP (Studies in Professional Development, Learning and Policy), POP (Pedagogik och Politik, GU), ECE (KTH School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science, KTH), SEP (Studies in Educational Policy, HiG), Education and Democracy (OrU) and SITE (Studies in Curriculum theory and Educational reforms,  LnU).

Our links to education

Our members teach in the subject of education at the first, second, and third cycles (bachelor, master, and doctoral levels). 

The members of STEP also teach first-cycle courses in the Teaching and Preschool Teaching study programmes, in the Study Programme for Principals, as well as courses for exchange students. In addition, STEP is involved in courses on educational leadership in the university.

Last modified: 2022-11-18