Linköping University is home to extensive research on children, young people and perspectives on childhood. The research is multidisciplinary and is conducted at several different institutions.

Central issues are those concerning children and young people's lives and the conditions in different environments such as the family, school and social welfare institutions. In the school environment, we look at interplay and interaction in the classroom, for example, whilst the current research into social welfare institutions deals with matters such as how responsibility for children is to be distributed between parents and state, and between school, social services and NGOs. 

The researchers also study childhood historically and culturally, as well as children's early development. Where children's psychological development is concerned, there is a focus on typical and atypical cognitive and socioemotional development in the early years of life.


An ancestry-segregated school class friendship network.

Peer influence or discrimination? Understanding the mechanisms behind ethnic differences in school achievement.

This project explores the achievement gaps in schools among students from different ethnic backgrounds. By analysing data from European youth and Swedish registers, we aim to increase awareness of bias in the education system.

The Social Work research environment

The Social Work research environment nurtures justice and is guided by the principle of equal value for all persons. It acts to promote social change towards a more sustainable and inclusive society.

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Sport without injury programme - SWIPE

Our research includes study of injury occurrence and risk factors in sports. We also evaluate the efficacy of injury preventive measures, and their effectiveness, including applicability in different sports and sporting populations.

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Child Studies (TEMAB)

Education and research at Child Studies is about childhood and family with a focus on interaction and language, children's culture and consumption, and childhood over time and space, all to better see the perspectives of children and young people.