Cecilia Lindgren

Associate Professor

Cecilia Lindgren is a PhD and Associate Professor at the Child Studies Unit, Linköping University. Her research concerns ideals and practices of childhood and parenthood in the 1900’s and today. Cecilia is also the Vice Dean of Educational Sciences.

Ideals and practices of childhood and parenthood 

Cecilia studies children, family and parenthood in relation to welfare institutions, social policy, professional practices and everyday life. She specializes in domestic and intercountry adoption, and she also works within the field of ”disabled children’s childhoods”.

Cecilia’s research stems from an interest in State regulation of childhood and family life, and, more specifically, in notions of ‘the child’s best interest’ and ‘parenting capacity’ in family law, social work practices and people’s everyday lives. Cecilia’s work includes studies on the history of domestic and intercountry adoption, adoptees’ perspectives on background and roots, and today’s assessment of parenting capacity. She also works within the field of ‘disabled children’s childhood studies’ with an aim to explore how disabled children’s right to leisure and recreation can be implemented in everyday life.

Cecilia is PI for the research project “Preparing for parenthood” in which she, together with three colleagues, examines the assessment process preceding an adoption. She supervises a PhD project on the co-construction of ‘meaningful leisure time’ in holiday and weekend camps for children with intellectual and/or neuropsychiatric disabilities, and she prepares for a study of activities and participation in an indoor play space for young children with neuropsychiatric disabilities. Cecilia is also part of the European network "Platform for a cultural history of children's media" and has studied representations of children and elderly in the American drama TV series Mad Men.


CV in short

2018
Associate professor in Child Studies, Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping university

2016
Docent in Child Studies, Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping university

2015-2020
Vice Dean for Educational Sciences, Linköping university

2011
Senior lecturer in Child Studies, Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping university

2006
Ph.D. at Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping university

1994
Degree of Master of Science for Upper Secondary and Adult Education, Linköping university

Publications

2018

Cecilia Lindgren, Johanna Sjöberg

Sustaining and transgressing borders. The relationship between children and the elderly in Mad Men.

In Connecting childhood and old age in popular media

Chapter in book

2017

Cecilia Lindgren, Judith Lind

Displays of parent suitability in adoption assessment reports

In Child and Family Social Work

Article in journal

Child Studies