I am PhD student at the department of Education at University of Gothenburg and I also belong to the post graduate school for Adult Learning, a national collaboration between three Swedish universities. I have a background in Musicology and Drama and a degree of Master of Science in Human Resource Development and Labour Relations. I work as a lecturer in education mostly in the fields of adult education, worklife learning and flexible learning. Research projects that I have experience from concern flexible learning and Swedish popular education.
My research interest includes political aspects of institutional restructuring, and the spatial dimensions of these changes. Currently I am working on my doctoral thesis focusing on open, flexible and distributed forms of learning within Swedish Municipal Adult Education (MAE). These forms of learning imply both an extended freedom in time and space as well as an increased and intensified self-regulation. Drawing on field-data from adult educational settings and students homes, I analyze the forming of an independent and self-going learner willing to learn and engage in self-regulating activities. This subject position is formed in a tension between individualization, a freedom to choose and a higly regulated and standardized adult education.
Bergviken Rensfeldt, A. & Riomar, S. (Forthcoming). Gendered distance education spaces: "Keeping women in place?". In Booth, S., Goodman, S. & Kirkup, G. (eds). Gender Differences in Learning and Working with Technology: Social Constructs and Cultural Contexts. Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global.
Riomar, S. (2009). 'Lived curriculum' and the spatial organisation of learning - flexibility and gendered lives within Swedish Municipal Adult Education. Paper presented at the 37th NERA Congress. Trondheim, Norway.
Bergviken Rensfeldt, A. & Riomar, S. (2007). The gendered spaces of distance education: Contested and assymetric in power and access. Paper presented at the symposium Gender, learning and IT, Helsingborg, August 23-25, 2007.
Riomar, S. (2008). Opening learning spaces? - spatial developments in swedish municipal adult education. Paper presented at the 36th NERA Congress. Copenhagen, Denmark.