Magnus Åkerström

Magnus Åkerström

Associate professor, Senior Developer working environment 

Mobile: +46 722 206 73 15

Research Areas
My research primarily revolves how to evaluate effects and exposures within the working environment and how this knowledge can be used to improve the work environment for employees and managers. My main research interest is how to improve the conditions at workplaces including how to evaluate effects of organisational-level interventions at the workplace.

At ISM, I work mainly with research and development work related to the organizational and social work environment.

Ongoing Projects

At the moment, I am conducting research in two different projects aiming to evaluate the effects on sickness absence, turnover of personnel and conditions at the workplace of organisational-level interventions within the public sector.


Alexiou E, Wijk H, Åkerström M, Jonsdottir IH et al. Worry perception and its association with work conditions among healthcare workers during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic: a web-based multimethod survey at a university hospital in SwedenBMJ Open 2024;14:e080248. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-080248

Dahlqvist, I., Ståhl, C., Severin, J. Åkerström, M. Shifting from an individual to an organizational perspective in work environment management – a process evaluation of a six-year intervention program within the Swedish public sector.  BMC Public Health 23, 1108 (2023). 

Malin Veje, Karolina Linden, Verena Sengpiel, Ylva Carlsson, Ingibjörg H. Jonsdottir, Alessio Degl’Innocenti, Linda Ahlstrom, Helle Wijk samt Magnus Akerstrom. (2023)
Frontiers in psychology, 2023
Working conditions for healthcare workers at a Swedish university hospital infectious disease department during the COVID-19 pandemic – Barriers and facilitators to maintaining employee wellbeing

Akerstrom, M, Sengpiel, V, Hadžibajramović, E, et al.
The COPE Staff study: Study description and initial report regarding job satisfaction, work-life conflicts, stress, and burnout among Swedish maternal and neonatal healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Int J Gynecol Obstet. 2023

Björk,L., Corin,L., Åkerström, M., Jonsdottir, IH., Innocenti, AD., Wijk, H., Ahlström,L. 
Frontiers in Psychology. 2023
Under pressure – The working situation of Swedish healthcare managers during the first wave of COVID-19

Hadžibajramović, E., Hansson, M., Akerstrom, M., Dencker, A., & Hensing G. (2022)
Burnout among midwives—the factorial structure of the burnout assessment tool and an assessment of burnout levels in a Swedish national sample
BMC Health Services Research, 2022

Åkerström M, Carlsson Y, Sengpiel V, Veje M, Elfvin A, Jonsdottir IH, DeglÍnnocenti A, Ahlström L, Wijk H och Linden K. 
Working conditions for hospital-based maternity and neonatal health care workers during extraordinary situations – A pre-/post COVID-19 pandemic analysis and lessons learned
Sexual & Reproductive Healtcare, 2022

Wådell M, Örtqvist A, Linden K, Akerstrom M, Andersson O, Carlsson Y, Graner S, Jonsson M, Naurin E, Sengpiel V, Veje M, Wessberg A & Zaigham M
Challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic on the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program: a mixed-methods Swedish survey in the COPE Staff cohort study
BMC Medical Education

Ståhl C och Norvell Gustavsson I, Linköpings universitet, Jonsdottir IH och Åkerström M, Institutet för stressmedicin
Multilevel, risk group-oriented strategies to decrease sickness absence in the public sector: Evaluation of interventions in two regions in Sweden
International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 2022

Cost–Benefit Evaluation of an Organizational-Level Intervention Program for Decreasing Sickness Absence among Public Sector Employees in Sweden
IJERPH, 2022

Wikström, E., Severin, J., Jonsdottir, I.H. and Akerstrom, M. 
Process facilitators shifting between the support and expert roles in a complex work environment intervention in the Swedish healthcare sector
Journal of Health Organization and Management, 2022

Alexiou E, Steingrimsson S, Akerstrom M, Jonsdottir IH, Ahlstrom L, Finizia C, Wijk H and Degl’Innocenti A
A Survey of Psychiatric Healthcare Workers’ Perception of Working Environment and Possibility to Recover Before and After the First Wave of COVID-19 in Sweden.
Front. Psychiatry ,2021

Jonsdottir IH, Degl’ Innocenti A, Ahlstrom L, Finitzia C, Wijk H and Akerstrom M.
A pre/post analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on psychosocial work environment and recovery among hospital staff in a large university hospital in Sweden.
Journal of Public Health Research, 2021

Åkerström M, Severin J, Imberg H, Jonsdottir I.H, Björk L, Corin L
Methodological approach for measuring the effects of organisational-level interventions on employee withdrawal behaviour
Int Arch Occup Environ Health, 2021

Åkerström M, Corin L, Severin J, Jonsdottir I.H. Björk L
Can Working Conditions and Employees’ Mental Health Be Improved via Job Stress Interventions Designed and Implemented by Line Managers and Human Resources on an Operational Level?
IJERPH, 2021

Severin J, Björk L, Corin L, Jonsdottir I.H. Åkerström M
Process Evaluation of an Operational-Level Job Stress Intervention Aimed at Decreasing Sickness Absence among Public Sector Employees in Sweden
IJERPH, 2021

Almerud P, Akerstrom M, Andersson EM, Strandberg B, Sallsten G,
Low personal exposure to benzene and 1,3-butadiene in the Swedish petroleum refinery industry
Int Arch Occup 2017 

Akerstrom M, Barregard L, Lundh T, Sallsten G,
Relationship between mercury in kidney, blood, and urine in environmentally exposed individuals, and implications for biomonitoring
Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2017 

Akerstrom M, Almerud P, Andersson EM, Strandberg B, Sallsten G,
Personal exposure to benzene and 1,3-butadiene during petroleum refinery turnarounds and work in the oil harbor
Int Arch Occup 2016 

Fagerstrom P, Sallsten G, Akerstrom M, Haraldsson B, Barregard L,
Urinary albumin excretion in healthy adults: a cross sectional study of 24-hour versus timed overnight samples and impact of GFR and other personal characteristics
BMC Nephrol. 2015

Åkerström M
Biomonitoring of Cadmium - Relationships between Cadmium in Kindney, Blood and Urine, Interpretations of Urinary Cadmium, and Implications for Study Design (Avhandling)
Göteborgs Universitet 2014

Fransson MN, Barregard L, Sallsten G, Akerstrom M, Johanson G
Physiologically-based toxicokinetic model for cadmium using Markov-chain Monte Carlo analysis of concentrations in blood, urine, and kidney cortex from living kidney donors
Toxicol Sci. 2014 

Akerstrom M, Barregard L, Lundh T, Sallsten G
Variability of urinary cadmium excretion in spot urine samples, first morning voids, and 24 h urine in a healthy non-smoking population: implications for study design
J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2014 

Akerstrom M, Lundh T, Barregard L, Sallsten G
Effect of molybdenum oxide interference on urinary cadmium analyses
Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2013 

Akerstrom M, Barregard L, Lundh T, Sallsten G
The relationship between cadmium in kidney and cadmium in urine and blood in an environmentally exposed population
Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2013 

Fjällbrant H, Akerstrom M, Svensson E, Andersson E
Hot tub lung: an occupational hazard
Eur Respir Rev. 2013 

Akerstrom M, Sallsten G, Lundh T, Barregard L
Associations between urinary excretion of cadmium and proteins in a nonsmoking population: renal toxicity or normal physiology?
Environ Health Perspect. 2013 

Akerstrom M, Lundh T, Barregard L, Sallsten G
Sampling of urinary cadmium: differences between 24-h urine and overnight spot urine sampling, and impact of adjustment for dilution
Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2012 

Svensson E, Akerstrom M, Andersson E
Quantitative analyses of mycobacteria in water: adapting methods in clinical laboratories
J Microbiol Methods. 2011