I am a social worker, and during the years 1987 - 1994 I lived in Amsterdam where I worked with vulnerable groups and voluntary social work. I trained as a social worker in the late 1990s. Since 2002, I work at the School of Social Work in Lund and have collaborated with about fifty service user organizations, both through evaluation assignments and through the inclusion in the education of social workers. Other work experiences with relevance to social work include having worked as a contracted youth shelter during the years 2013 - 2018. During the years 2007 - 2015 I was chairman of the journal Socialpolitik. I have also been involved in various evaluation assignments.
My research interests include issues of power, gap-mending, service user influence, change management, and agency for organizations and individual organizational representatives. My dissertation is called "Staged inclusion. Community as a goal and challenge in the social work education", and focuses on gap-mending within the education of social workers.
I am also involved in developing service user participation and gap-mending in the national development of Housing First – an initiative for collaboration between researchers, practitioners and service user representatives. Since 2022, I am active in a FORTE-funded project called RECO - Resilient communities through sustainable welfare transformation.
I have also initiated an international network that I currently coordinate together with my British colleague Helen Casey, called PowerUs. PowerUs brings together different actors in order to exchange and develop joint actions regarding serviceuser participation and experience-based knowledge in education and research.