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. Her work includes studies on the history of domestic and intercountry adoption, adoptees’ perspectives on background and roots, and today’s assessment of parenting capacity. In the research project “Preparing for parenthood”, she and her colleagues examine the assessment process preceding an adoption.

Cecilia 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. She supervises a PhD project on the co-construction of ‘meaningful leisure time’ in holiday and weekend camps for children and young people with neuropsychiatric disabilities, and she is PI for the research project “Implementing disabled children’s right to leisure and recreation – A study of activities and participation in an indoor play space for young children with neuropsychiatric disabilities”. 


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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

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