Background and activities

Professor in Child and childhood research, and in education, aesthetics and leadership.Head of the interfacultary research program; Norway as a sea nation. Coastal communities, generation, sustainability withi one of NTNUs thematic research priorities; Ocean Space (2016-2023) Affiliated professor at University College South East Norway since 2015. Director of Norwegian Centre for Child Research 2002- 2015. Affilated professor at National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan 2011-2016, and invited guest researcher at Oxford University (2013-2017).  Graduated with a doctoral degree at NTNU in 2003 with the thesis title “Childhood as a Social and Symbolic Space: Discourses on Children as Social Participants in Society”.  Project leader for many external funded research projects, among them: Valuing the past, sustaining the future. Education, knowledge and identities across three generations in coastal communities (RCN 2016-2021), Children as New Citizens and the Best Interest of the Child - Challenges for Modern Democracies (RCN 2005-2009); The modern child and the flexible labour market (together with Jens Qvortrup, RCN 2003-2008); Children, young people and local knowledge in Ethiopia and Zambia (SIU, NUFU 2007-2011), Effects of Civil Society on early childhood education and care in Ethiopia and Zambia, (Norad 2011-2016) Academic leader for the establishment and coordination of the international master’s programme (MPhil) Childhood Studies (2006-2013)  and PhD in Interdisciplinary Child Research (2006-2014).
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


  • Kjørholt, Anne Trine; Penn, Helen. (2019) Early Childhood and Development work. Theories, Policies and Practices. Palgrave Macmillan. 2019. ISBN 978-3-319-91318-6.
  • 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.