Peter Bergwall

Lecturer, Bachelor's degree, Bachelor's degree, Master's degree

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Law and Society
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • Social Psychology


  • Quantitative methods, internet studies, organization theory, Philosophy of science, privacy, Sociology of law, eHealth , Multivariate Analysis, information technology, information sharing, information systems, open data, Internet, social psychlogy, healthcare information systems, Health Law, social science, legitimacy, trust


Research Areas

  • Information/online privacy
  • eHealth
  • Organizational justice
  • Privacy calculus
  • Perceived fairness
  • Health information regulation
  • Materiality
  • Quantitative research
  • Mixed methods research

Current Research

The focus of this PhD research project is on the association between perceived fairness of electronic health services (eHealth) and the willingness to use said services. The theoretical framework is organizational justice theory which distinguishes between four types of justice dimensions: distributive justice, procedural justice, interpersonal justice, and informational justice. The privacy calculus is applied as an analytical tool to examine the risk-benefit analysis that precedes individual decisions to act in situations which involve a potential threat to personal information privacy. One premise for this research is that material structures of eHealth, including devices needed to use the services (personal computers, smartphones, tablets, etc.), affect user perceptions of eHealth services from an information privacy perspective. Data have been collected by way of online questionnaire in which approximately 1 500 respondents were asked about their perceptions of a Swedish “health app”, through which patients meet doctors via video meeting using webcams or smartphone cameras. The project applies a mixed methods research design. Data will be analyzed primarily through partial least squares (PLS) path modeling and complemented with analysis techniques, such as fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fs/QCA) and text mining. The aim of the project is to shed light on the association between perceived fairness and willingness to act in eHealth environments. Of certain interest is to investigate whether eHealth creates normative boundaries by including some types of users while excluding other groups of people. Deeper knowledge concerning these issues may have implications for regulations of the management of sensitive health information and patient data.   

The project is funded partly by the Swedish Public Health Agency.

Recent research outputs

Peter Bergwall, 2016 Dec 14, Festskrift till Karsten Åström. Dahlstrand, K. (ed.). Lund: Juristförlaget i Lund, p. 75-94 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Peter Bergwall & Karl Dahlstrand, 2016 Nov 3, (Accepted/In press) Scandinavian Studies in Law: Law without the state. Wahlgren, P. (ed.). Stockholm: Stockholm: Stockholm Institute for Scandinavian Law, Vol. 62. 27 p. (Scandinavian Studies in Law; vol. 62).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Peter Bergwall & Uhnoo, I., 2013, Smittskyddsinstitutet. 35 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReport

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