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Anna Ekström

Associate Professor, Docent

My research interests relate to interaction, collaboration and organisation of social activities. I am part of two research projects, one focusing on interaction involving people with dementia and one focusing on emotion socialisation in preschools.

Ongoing research projects

Living with dementia - communication, relationships and cognition

Project leader: Lars-Christer Hydén, IKOS, funded by Forte.

Living with dementia becomes a reality for an increasing number of individuals, families and communities in Sweden, and therefore it is necessary to ask how one can live a good life with dementia. The reason is demographic - we live longer and get older, and thus the number of people living with dementia increases.

The biomedical model of dementia focuses on cognitive and neurological disabilities in order to manage the disease and to provide medical treatment.
The present program presents a different perspective on dementia: the focus is on what people with dementia can do, and the importance of social networks and the environment for increasing social inclusion and participation.
Through four distinct, but integrated projects, addressing four areas that are crucial to living a good life with dementia:

  1. how can joint activities be organized in order to maximize participation and inclusion
  2. how can the personal expertise that many people with dementia have be developed, and become a mainstay of the person centered care
  3. the importance of the external resources, such as ICT, in order to improve and facilitate communication for people with dementia
  4. the importance of the linguistic and cultural diversity of the meetings with people with dementia, both within and outside of health care.


Communicating emotions, embodying morality:

A sociocultural perspective on affective and moral socialization in families and in early education

Project leader: Asta Cekaite, Child studies, funded by Vetenskapsrådet.


Research groups and centers


Latest publications from DiVA


Anna Ekström, Olof Sandgren, Christina Samuelsson, Birgitta Sahlén, Julia Wallmann (2023) Likvärdig utbildning för barn med språkstörning: en studie av måluppfyllelse, erfarenheter och deltagande Resultatdialog 2023, p. 32-37
Anna Ekström, Olof Sandgren, Birgitta Sahlen, Christina Samuelsson (2023) It depends on who Im with: How young people with developmental language disorder describe their experiences of language and communication in school International journal of language and communication disorders, Vol. 58, p. 1168-1181 Continue to DOI
Sandra Derbring, Melissa Barbos Nordström, Jenny-Ann Svenningsson, Anna Ekström, Elias Ingebrand, Christina Samuelsson, Katja Laakso, Margret Buchholz (2023) Effects of a digital reminiscing intervention on people with dementia and their care-givers and relatives Ageing & Society, Vol. 43, p. 1983-2000 Continue to DOI
Anna Ekström, Ali Reza Majlesi, Lars-Christer Hydén (2023) Assisted eating as a communicative activity : A framework of joint attention and co-ordinated embodied actions Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders/Equinox, Vol. 14, p. 79-105 Continue to DOI
Anna Ekström, Asta Cekaite (2023) An exploratory study of childrens peer touch in a Swedish preschool: touch forms, bodily arrangements, and social constellations European Early Childhood Education Research Journal Continue to DOI