I mainly teach on the sixth and seventh semester of the BSc in social work programme, on the courses Organising Social Work and Social Work with Children and Young People, as well as thesis supervision and examination on bachelor and master level in social work. I am also course coordinator for Social Work with Children and Young People.
In my PhD thesis from 2011, I analysed the six first Barnahus (Children's Advocacy Centers/Children's Houses) in Sweden. In a Barnahus, social services, health care and law enforcement collaborate under one roof concerning suspected crimes against children, towards the goals of a more efficient judicial process on the one hand and improved protection and support on the other hand. The study is especially focused on the tension between criminal and welfare law, as well as collaborative processes and power games between the organisations and professions involved.
Since then, I have been working on a comparative study of Barnahus in the Nordic countries. The study especially focuses on formal and informal diffusion and governance of the Barnahus idea in and between the Nordic countries, as well as on how different forms of diffusion, steering and regulation influence the balance between justice and welfare in respective countries. The research has mainly been carried out as a postdoc in social work and through a scholarship from the Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology. The work will e.g. be published in an edited research volume in 2017:
Johansson; Stefansen; Bakketeig; Kaldal (eds.) (forthcoming 2017) Collaborating against child abuse: Exploring the Nordic Barnahus Model. Palgrave Macmillan.
My research also deals with inter-organisational collaboration more broadly as well as new forms of welfare governance and regulation, mainly out of a combination of sociology-of-law perspectives and institutional theory, as well as power perspectives and policy research.
I have also been working on a project regarding social and environmental considerations, as well as collaborative processes between public and private sectors, in relation to an urban transformation project in the city of Malmö (project leader: Lina Wedin Hansson, financed by Formas). I am also involved in a research project regarding placements of young people in institutional care (project leader: Lina Ponnert, financed by SiS).
Research groups and networks
I am a member of the following research networks/groups:
Sociology of Social Policy and Social Welfare, ESA
Nordic Network for Children's House/Barnahus Research
National Network for Research on Collaboration
Child Rights Institute, Lund University
Child and Family Welfare Research (CFWR), School of Social Work, Lund University
Organisation and Organising, School of Social Work, Lund University
Retrieved from Lund University's publications database
- Institutional incentives for sustainable public procurement: A case study of sustainability considerations in the Swedish construction sector
- Transcending boundaries? Child protection at the intersection of social work and law enforcement in Germany and Sweden
- Utredningsarbete vid misstankar om brott - samverkan mellan socialtjänst och rättsväsende
- Utredningsarbetets institutionella villkor i en förändrad omvärld - tendenser och utmaningar
- Barnahusens organisation, samverkan och verksamhet. Lägesrapport April 2006.
- Does Collaboration Include or Exclude? Participatory Aspects of Collaboration between Welfare Agencies when Investigating Suspected Child Abuse
- Myndighetssamverkan i barnahus - organisering, innehåll och process. Delrapport 4 i utvärderingen av nationell försöksverksamhet med barnahus 2006-2007