Therese Nilsson

Senior Lecturer, Associate professor, PhD

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economics



Globalization: health and poverty, social norms and institutions; health shocks, and economic inequality and health. 

Among the questions that I try to answer with my research:

What is the impact of economic and social globalization human health?

To what extent does globalization affect institutional conditions for development?

What were the economic consequences of the Spanish flu?

What are the effects of the introduction of free antenatal care?


I am responsible for the distance learning courses at the department of economics, LUSEM. I have previously taught development economics and health economics. I have supervized more than 70 master and bachelor theses.

1. Teaching/Course responsibility:

- Role (responsible for the course, lecturer, teaching assistant):  Responsible for the course

- Course name:  NEK A – Distance course

- Course code: NEKA51, NEKA52, NEKA53, NEKA54


- Role (responsible for the course, lecturer, teaching assistant): Lecturer

- Course name: Theoretical Foundation for Doctoral Studies in Law

- Course code:

- Number of clock hours: 15 hrs


2. Supervision of theses (including theses completed by Feb-19):

Undergraduate level (number of theses 2018):  5


Master level (number of theses 2018):  1


3. Examiner of theses (including theses completed by Feb-19):

Undergraduate level (number of theses 2018):


Master level (number of theses 2018):



4. Briefly describe development work in education – renewal of curriculum and/or pedagogical development:

In my work as a supervisor, I have, together with Andreas Bergh, developed an activity that we call essay group (sometimes thematically oriented, sometimes not). In these groups we have worked with approx.10 students who write their essay at basic or advanced level. We met regularly in this group with the purpose of creating structure, synergies of writing within the same thematic research area, stimulating and learning what a research process means and ultimately thus achieving improved academic quality. Obviously, students who choose to participate have certain characteristics, but it should be mentioned that all participants have scored A or B in the last round.



5. Involvement of guest teachers:




6. Programme responsibility (name of programme)



7. Additional work in education (e.g. planning, implementation, and pedagogical leadership)




8. Briefly describe your work with IT-supported teaching and learning

The distance learning course I'm responsible for is entirely based on IT support and all material and discussions are conducted via Live@Lund and different digital applications. In the work with the thesis group we use the box  and the solutions that this offers. Students comment on ex. on each other's papers so that all the rest of the group can see what contributes to transparency and social pressure around giving meaningful relevant comments.


9. Production of cases, publications on teaching and learning, teaching materials and textbooks





I am regularily being interviewed in mass media about my research. I often participate in panels and have presentations in events organized by government bodies and other organizations. 

Recent research outputs

Fischer, M., Ulf-Göran Gerdtham, Gawain Heckley, Karlsson, M., Kjelsson, G. & Therese Nilsson, 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Economic Policy.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Berggren, N., Ljunge, M. & Therese Nilsson, 2019 Dec, In : Journal of Institutional Economics. 15, 6, p. 999-1016 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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