Background and activities
Present postion: Professor in Health Science.
Education: Reg. nurse (1983), Stavanger Highest academical degree: Doctoral degree in Sociology (2000) from NTNU.
Member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences & Letters.
Research areas: Social inclusion/exclusion in childhood, Social Participation, Children/youth with disabilities and everyday life, Children as next-of-kin
Ongoing research projects:
Inclusive and healthy spaces in early childhood (2015 - 2019). Head of the project.
Global health and disability - a lifespan perspective. (2017 - 2020). Particpant in the project.
Co-supervisor at the following PhD prosjects:
Trine Frafjord (NTNU - MH-fak): Young people's expereinces when mum or dad suffer from cancer.
Fanny Aleksandra Jakobsen (NTNU - MH-fak): Different perspectives on reablement for elderly staying at home.
Janne Liaaen (NTNU - MH-fak): Childhood and adulthood. The meaning of digitial assistive technology in userfocused collaborations when young disabeld people are going to start on their adult career.
Ingunn Fylkesnes (UiN - SV-fak): Children and young people living at child-residences: meaning, particpation and quality of life.
Teaching responsible at masterlevel:
- MH 3004: Qualitative reserch methods in medicine and health science.
- FH 3003: Public health: Children and youth 1.
Teach in special issues at different masterprograms at the Faculty on medicine and health and the Faculty of social science and education at NTNU.
Global health and disability - a lifespan perspective: Savitribai Phule Pune University, Interdisciplinary school of health science, Pune, India.
Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Danish project: 'Living with mobility disability - an exploartion from the persepctive of children and youth. (2018 - 2021), Limo Child & Youth Bevica Center, Roskilde Universitet.
Member of the Nordic Network of Disability Research (NNDR), former president of NNDR (2007 - 2011).
The national research network on children as next-of-kin Barns Beste, see https://sshf.no/helsefaglig/kompetansetjenester/barnsbeste/vare-nettverk/forskernettverket
The national reserch network on disability (NNFF), see https://nondr.wordpress.com
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
- (2018) Interactional facilitators and barriers in social relationships between students who use AAC and fellow students. Society, health and vulnerability. vol. 9 (1).
- (2018) Gateways to friendships among students who use AAC in mainstream primary school. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research. vol. 20 (1).
- (2017) Golden Paper, a Chain and a Bag: A Phenomenology of Queer Things in a Special Needs Education Unit. Phenomenology & Practice. vol. 11 (2).
- (2017) “He is not crying for real”: severe, multiple disabilities and embodied constraint in two special-needs education units. Society, health and vulnerability. vol. 8 (1).
- (2017) A "visitor in the class": Marginalization of students using AAC in mainstream education classes. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. vol. 29 (3).
- (2017) ‘So, how does one define a friendship?’: Identifying friendship among students using AAC in inclusive education settings. European Journal of Special Needs Education. vol. 33 (3).
- (2016) When everyday life becomes a storm on the horizon: families’ experiences of good mental health while hiking in nature. Anthropology & Medicine. vol. 23 (1).
- (2016) Disability leisure: in what kind of activities, and when and how do youths with intellectual disabilities participate?. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research. vol. 19 (3).
- (2016) Friendship between children using augmentative and alternative communication and peers: A systematic literature review. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability.
- (2015) Deaf and hearing high-school students' expectations for the role of educational sign-language interpreter. Society, health and vulnerability.
- (2015) Taking home-based services into everyday life; older adults' participation with service providers in the context of receiving home-based services. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research. vol. 17 (1).
- (2014) Self-determination of pupils with intellectual disabilities in Norwegian secondary school. European Journal of Special Needs Education. vol. 29 (3).
- (2014) ‘Talking bodies’: Power and counter-power between children and adults in day care. Childhood. vol. 21 (2).
- (2013) Development and change in disabled children's social participation assessed by parents in Norwegian daycare centres: 1999 - 2009. European Journal of Special Needs Education. vol. 28 (3).
- (2012) Participation in Older Home Care Recipients: A Value-Based Process. Activities, Adaptation & Aging. vol. 36.
- (2012) Everyday Segregation Amongst Disabled Children and Their Peers: A Qualitative Longitudinal Study in Norway. Children & society. vol. 26 (3).
- (2010) The use and non-use of assistive technologies from the world of information and communication technology by visually impaired young people: a walk on the tightrope of peer inclusion. Disability & Society. vol. 25 (3).
- (2009) How Children with Parents Suffering from Mental Health Distress Search for ‘Normality’ and Avoid Stigma. Childhood. vol. 16 (4).
- (2009) HOW CHILDREN WITH PARENTS SUFFERING FROM MENTAL HEALTH DISTRESS SEARCH FOR 'NORMALITY' AND AVOID STIGMA To be or not to be ... is not the question. Childhood. vol. 16 (4).
- (2008) The "Double Life" of Bulimia: Patients' Experiences in Daily Life Interactions. Eating Disorders. vol. 16.