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.