Stockholm University’s research profile in welfare and democracy sees economic and social equality, as well as health equity, as essential parts of a sustainable welfare society. This research area has continuously received large grants to study these important conditions for social development, and living-standards surveys are conducted at regular intervals in order to study the conditions of different social groups and society in general. Research in this area focuses on issues relating to education, employment, gender equality, age, income, stress, and physical and mental (un)health. The research is conducted in a variety of disciplines, including economics, law, pedagogy, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, and special education, as well as at the research institutes Chess, Score, Sorad, Sofi, and the Stress Research Institute. The proximity to government authorities and national politics stimulates research in the area, which is conducted in collaboration with local and national public service operations.