E-mail: ursula.hard@ekohist.su.se

Research Areas: Regional politics and regional and local development as well as regional and local labour market related to democratic influence and livelihood, mainly in rural areas, through social entrepreneurship and small-scale businesses. Focus is on various groups of women in Sweden and in Gävleborg, where some are Resource Center for Women / Women’s Resource Centers, today also called WINNET (ResursCentra för kvinnor). In Gävleborg the main focus is on some of the rural areas, where various women as social entrepreneurs are engaged in Resource Centers for Women, as well as being business owners, for instance within small-scale food produce. Their aim is to influence regional politics and regional and local development as well as the regional and local labour market. This is for instance done through networks in interaction with various organizations like the County Administrative Board, NGOs and other business owners; locally, regionally, nationally, transnationally.


Other Activities: The research will be part of Ursula Hård’s forthcoming doctoral dissertation. Parts have been published, the majority through peer-review. Ursula Hård has presented at numerous national and international conferences, and been co-responsible for sessions. She has also been co-responsible for the 7th International Conference on Localized Agri-Food Systems, together with being co-editor for the published conference E‑book of 61 proceedings. She has been engaged as gender expert, for instance in various EU-working and reference groups, and she has been contracted as evaluator of a vast gender equality project at Länsstyrelsen Gävleborg (the County Adminstrative Board of Gävleborg). Earlier employments; Forskningsrådsnämnden (today Vetenskapsrådet - Swedish Research Council), Nutek (today Tillväxtverket – Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth), Arbetslivsinstitutet (The Institute for Working Life), Södertörn Högskola (University of Södertörn).


Keywords: Regional politics, development, growth, labour market, livelihood, rurality, small-scale businesses, small-scale food produce, women’s businesses, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, networks, women’s organizing, mobilization, empowerment, democracy, Resource Center for Women, formal and informal institutions, gender, gender contracts, time, place, interviews, interactive approach, Gävleborg