Anne Trine Kjørholt

Professor Department of Education and Lifelong Learning

+47 73596241 +47 91897607
Dragvoll, Loholt allé 87, Paviljong C * 121

Background and activities

Graduated with a doctoral degree in education at NTNU in 2003 with the thesis title “Childhood as a Social and Symbolic Space: Discourses on Children as Social Participants in Society”. Hovedfag (Masters) in special education from AVH in 1988 with the thesis title “Just for fun: Social roles and relations in children’s play in day-care”. Pre-school/day-care education from Teachers Training College in Bergen in 1975 . Associate Professor since 1995 and Director of Norwegian Centre for Child Research since 2003. Project leader for following research projects: Children as New Citizens and the Best Interest of the Child - Challenges for Modern Democracies (2005-2009); The modern child and the flexible labour market (together with Jens Qvortrup, 2003-2008); Children, young people and local knowledge in Ethiopia and Zambia (2007-2011). Academically responsible for both the international master’s programme (MPhil) in Childhood Studies and PhD in Interdisciplinary Child Research.
Research fields:
 - Discourses on childhood
 - Children’s rights and perspectives
 - Citizenship
 - Children’s cultures
 - Early childhood education and care
 - Children’s welfare, time and space

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Abebe, Tatek; Kjørholt, Anne Trine. (2013) Childhood and Local Knowledge in Ethiopia: Livelihoods, Rights and Intergenerational Relationships. Akademika forlag. 2013. ISBN 9788251928533.
  • Kjørholt, Anne Trine; Qvortrup, Jens. (2012) The modern child and the flexible labour market. Early childhood education and care. Palgrave Macmillan. 2012. ISBN 978-0-230-57932-3. Studies in Childhood and Youth (-).
  • Kjørholt, Anne Trine. (2010) Barn som samfunnsborgere - til barnets beste?. Universitetsforlaget. 2010. ISBN 978-82-15-01638-2.
  • James, Allison; Kjørholt, Anne Trine; Tingstad, Vebjørg. (2009) Children, food and identity in everyday life. Palgrave Macmillan. 2009. ISBN 978-0-230-57599-8.
  • Aitken, Stuart; Lund, Ragnhild; Kjørholt, Anne Trine. (2008) Global Childhoods: Globalization, Development and Young People. Routledge. 2008. ISBN 0-415-41145-9.
  • Zeiher, Helga; Devine, Dympna; Kjørholt, Anne Trine; Strandell, Harriet. (2007) Flexible childhood? Exploring children's welfare in time and space. Volume 2 of COST A19: Children's welfare. Syddansk Universitetsforlag. 2007. ISBN 97-887-7674-202-7.
  • Clark, Alison; Kjørholt, Anne Trine; Moss, Peter. (2005) Beyond listening. Children's perspectives on early childhood services. Policy Press. 2005. ISBN 1861346123.

Part of book/report

  • Kjørholt, Anne Trine. (2015) "Vi ere en nasjon vi med?" "We are a nation, we?". Children's Rights in Norway – Research, Policies and Practices. Enhanching Children's Rights. Connecting Research, Policy and Practice..
  • Abebe, Tatek; Kjørholt, Anne Trine. (2013) Children, Intergenerational Relationships and Local Knowledge in Ethiopia. Childhood and Local Knowledge in Ethiopia: Livelihoods, Rights and Intergenerational Relationships.