Presently my work focuses on the conditions for voluntary aid organizations engaged in post-war relief after the Second World War; the challenges and opportunities of state coordination and how need is measured and determined. I am also interested in issues related to how voluntary organizations in general, and co-operative organisations in specific, raise resources and decide how to allocate their funds.
I have a Ph.D. in History from Växjö University (2005). The Ph.D. project was a comparative study of the organisation of consumer co-operative societies in Sweden and Britain. I have continued to do comparative and transnational historical studies of co-operative organisations, fair trade, town planning and humanitarian aid. At SCCSS I am engaged in a cross-disciplinary study examining the evaluations of projects funded by Allmänna arvsfonden and guided by Filip Wijkström as project leader.
As researcher, I have been affiliated to academic institutions in Sweden and Britain: The Institute of Contemporary History at Södertörn University in Stockholm, Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne and as Leverhulme Visiting Scholar at Teesside University, Middlesbrough.
As a lecturer, I work in academic, school and popular education contexts. As lecturer at Linnaeus University I have besides teaching regular courses in history also taught courses in human rights and environmentalism. Since 2012 I have been engaged in academic course on the topic of the guiding principles for co-operative organizations for employees and elected member of Riksbyggen, Folksam and Kooperativa Förbundet. Presently I am also working as history teacherin the upper secondary school in Växjö, the town where I live.
Workings of Co-operation: A Comparative Study of Consumer Co-operative Organisation in Britain and Sweden, 1860 to 1970. Växjö: Växjö University Press, 2005. 508 pp. (thesis). Open access http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A771745&dswid=-6058
“Accounting for the Aid Chain: Practitioners’ Perspectives.” Journal of Global Ethics 11 (2015) no.2. Open Access http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449626.2015.1054563
“‘Hand over the money to the Society of Friends’: The Organisation of Voluntary Relief in the 1940s.” Paper presented at EUNIGH Congress, Paris, September 2014.Organisation of Voluntary Relief in the 1940s.” Paper presented at EUNIGH Congress, Paris, September 2014.
“Negotiating Consumer and Producer Interests: A Challenge for the Co-op and Fair Trade.” ‘The Hidden Alternative’? Co-operative Values: Past, Present and Future. Anthony Webster et al. (eds). Manchester: Manchester University Press 2012, and New York: United Nations University Press, 2012. 115–136.eds). Manchester: Manchester University Press 2012, and New York: United Nations University Press, 2012. 115–136.
“Visions and Organisation: Kooperativa Förbundet and the Social Question.” Co-operatives and the Social Question: The Co-operative Movement in Northern and Eastern Europe, c. 1880–1950. Mary Hilson, Pirjo Markkola, and Ann-Catrin Östman (eds). Cardiff: Welsh Academic Press, 2012. 57–71.
Friberg, Katarina. (2010) ”Anders Örne – teoretiker och jordnära kooperatör i det internationella rampljuset” i Personhistorisk tidskrift, 1, 106, s. 7-15.
Friberg, Katarina, Hilson, Mary och Vall Natasha. (2007) ”Reflections on trans-national comparative history from an Anglo-Swedish perspective” i Historisk Tidskrift (127):4, s. 717-737.