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. 


Internasjonal collaboration:

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).

National network: 

The national research network on children as next-of-kin Barns Beste, see

The national reserch network on disability (NNFF), see


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