Background and activities

I research, supervise and teach in the area of social work with a particular interest in inequality, social justice and marginalized families and children in contact with Child Welfare Services. 


Current research projects

Families with low Socioeconomic Status and their contact with Child Welfare Services (project leader, 2017-2021)

Not-planned decisions to place children in out-of-home services  (2018-2020)

Child welfare services work with violence and abuse (2019-2022)


Research group and networks

Centre of Child Protection Research and Innovation (Senter for barnevernsforskning og innovasjon)

Management Comittee Member, EU COST Action18123 The European Family Support Network


Teaching and supervision          

Course coordinator, BSA2004 Child Welfare - Bachelor Social Work

Course coordinator ISA 3000 Policy, welfare and inequlity - Masters of Social Work; Child Welfare; Disability and Society

Emneansvar SARB8020 - Family, market and welfare states in the neoliberal society - PhD in Social Sciences

Course coordinator, HMBV4009 – Decisions in child welfare work - Master Child Welfare

Supervision individually and in groups at bachelor, master and p.hd. levels



Ph.D Social Work, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), 2011

M.A. Social Science, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), 2004

B.A Social Work, Soer-Troendelag University College (HIST), 2002




Scientific, academic and artistic work

Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Christiansen, Øivin; Kojan, Bente Heggem. (2016) Beslutninger i barnevernet. Universitetsforlaget. 2016. ISBN 978-82-15-02684-8.

Part of book/report

  • Kojan, Bente Heggem; Marthinsen, Edgar; Clifford, Graham. (2019) Combining Public Health Approaches with Increased Focus on Risk and Safety: A Norwegian Experience. Re-Visioning Public Health Approaches for Protecting Children.
  • Kojan, Bente Heggem; Clifford, Graham. (2018) Rights-Based Practice and Marginalized Children in Child Protection Work. Human Rights in Child Protection Implications for Professional Practice and Policy.
  • Kojan, Bente Heggem; Marthinsen, Edgar; Moe, Anne; Skjefstad, Nina Schiøll. (2018) The neoliberal reframing of user representation in Norway. Neoliberalism, Nordic Welfare States and Social Work. Current and Future Challenges.
  • Kojan, Bente Heggem. (2013) Hvordan kan et strukturelt perspektiv med fokus på begreper som klasse og levekår påvirke narneverntjenestens praksis?. Det nye barnevernet.
  • Marthinsen, Edgar; Clifford, Graham; Fauske, Halvor; Lichtwarck, Willy; Kojan, Bente Heggem. (2013) Nytt innblikk i norsk barnevern - hva forteller dataene fra Det nye barnevernet?. Det nye barnevernet.