Skadeforskning (Traffic medicine) och funktionshinderforskning (Disability research)

Brief biographical note

Jörgen Lundälv, PhD, is a Associate Professor in Traffic Medicine at the Department of Surgical and Perioperative Science, Umeå university and
Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Work, Göteborg University, Sweden. His research interests include traffic injuries, social support, injury event, injury prevention, rehabilitation, education and research.

The current research is focused on three substantive areas in the field of social work:
i) Physical and Motor Disability, and Long-term Illnesses (traffic injuries) injury event and mobility (rehabilitation, hospital social work, social work practice, social support)
ii) Social support, injury registration, Emergency Medical Vehicle Collisions (EMVC) and Police Vehicle Collisions, Involuntary Manslaughter in Nordic Road Fatalities: Frequency, Long-Term Consequences, Social Work Interventions, and Social Support in the Nordic Welfare States
iii) Leadership, communication (risk and crisis), social work particularly on media relations (journalism) and social worker practice and ethical dilemmas.

His doctoral degree (1998) is from the Department of Social Policy, Unit of Social Work, University of Helsinki, Finland. His doctoral thesis is entitled Capabilities for welfare. Traffic victims´experiences and life – a drama of coping (1998). He was also injury researcher at the Accident Analysis Group, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, University Hospital, Umeå University, Sweden (1998–2001). During October 2005 he presented a oral research presentation at the International Conference Road Safety on Four Continents in Warsaw, Poland (scientific paper: “Involuntary Manslaughter in Nordic Road Fatalities: Frequency, Long-Term Consequences, Social Work Interventions, and Social Support in the Nordic Welfare States”). He has published in the field of Rehabilitation and Physical and Motor Disability, particularly on social consequences, hospital social work, perspectives of traffic medicine and social work issues. Lundälv has published articles in International scientific journals; Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB), International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, The Scandinavian Insurance Quarterly, The Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine, Air Medical Journal, The Journal of Transport Medicine, The Swedish Medical Journal (Läkartidningen), The Finnish Medical Journal (Suomen Lääkärilehti).

Lundälv lectures in Philosophy of Science and Scientific Method, Physical and Motor Disability, and Long-term Illnesses – Living Conditions and Social Context and Evaluative and Quality Work for Professional Development at Göteborg University.
Lundälv is a frequent lecturer at various Swedish and foreign universities, institutions and international conferences.
Jörgen Lundälv is also attached and associated members to the Swedish Society of Medicine (Traffic Medicine) and the Swedish Society of Disaster Medicine.


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