The network conducts multidisciplinary research on the social living conditions of individuals, identities, various groups and societies.

The research seeks to identify patterns in the behaviour of individuals, understand how groups and societies are constructed, and discover how power works in society. Gender is examined from a critical perspective in relation to other power structures and categories, such as sexuality, ethnicity, race, disability, class and age. The social and historical processes which shape Nordic concepts, practices and the structural framework for identity, gender and other systems are analysed through comparison of the Nordic and global perspectives.

Ongoing research features the discourse analysis of journalistic practices that support gender structures, projects on innovation and everyday resistance as well as youth research.

The Centre for Research on Group Relations, Gender and Identity was established in 2018 at the Swedish School of Social Science at the University of Helsinki.