Robert Erikson is professor of sociology at the Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University. His research interests concern social stratification, education, family, and health, especially the study of individual change over the life course and how it can be understood with regard to individual and structural conditions. He is a fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the British Academy, Academia Europaea and honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He was in 1997-2001 chairman of the Standing Committee for the Social Sciences of the European Science Foundation. Selected publications include The Constant Flux - A Study of Class Mobility in Industrial Societies, (with John H. Goldthorpe); Welfare Trends in the Scandinavian Countries, (edited with E. J. Hansen, S. Ringen and H. Uusitalo); Can Education be Equalized? Sweden in Comparative Perspective, (edited with Jan O. Jonsson); as well as several articles in peer reviewed journals.