The areas of focus for the group are regime change (Transition), civil society and welfare policy, which in various respects relate to issues of national and cultural identity. Three main research areas form the basis of the research:
- Regime change and democratisation
- Civil society and social movements
- Civil society and welfare policy
As well as research about Scandinavia and Sweden, the group also conducts comparative studies of, for example, Eastern Europe, Central Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, China, and Vietnam.