Background and activities

Ida Marie Lyså is associate professor in interdisciplinary childhood and youth studies at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning. She has a MA degree in social anthropology (UiB) and a PhD in interdisciplinary child research (NTNU). Idas PhD dissertation (2018) is about children’s everyday experiences with disciplinarian practices in kindergartens in Shanghai, China. Her postdoctoral project  is about the experiences and aspirations of ghanaian youth about their contemporary and future lives in Accra, Ghana.

Ida teaches in several courses on BA, MA and PhD-level in interdisciplinary child research, and supervises master students in Mphil in Childhood studies.

Ida is an editor in the nordic journal BARN.

Academic interests:

  • Anthropology and child research
  • Culture, cultural encounters and migration
  • Disciplinarian practices and children's everyday lives
  • Qualitative methods, methodology and ethics in child research
  • Children and youth in Africa

Research group membership:



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

Part of book/report

  • Lyså, Ida Marie. (2021) Managing Risk and Balancing Minds. Transforming the Next Generation through ‘Frustration Education’. Childhood Cultures in Transformation 30 Years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Action towards Sustainability.
  • Lyså, Ida Marie. (2020) Embodying discipline: Remembering bodies and cultural values in Chinese kindergartens. Exploring Materiality in Childhood — Body, Relations and Space.
  • Lyså, Ida Marie; Ursin, Marit. (2019) Migration and Mobility in Childhood (Norway). Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies..
  • Ursin, Marit; Lyså, Ida Marie. (2019) Agency and Rights in Childhood (Norway). Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies..
  • Lyså, Ida Marie. (2012) Danningsbegrepet som analytisk begrep i lys av nyere barndomssosiologi. Barnehagen som danningsarena.


  • Lyså, Ida Marie. (2018) Duties and Privileges: An Ethnographic Study of Discipline as Relational Practice in two Urban Chinese Kindergartens. 2018. Doktoravhandlinger ved NTNU (152).
  • Lyså, Ida Marie. (2018) Komparativ forskning på (barne)institusjoner - forskningsfokus og forsåelser av barn og barndom. 2018. Barn (2).
  • Lyså, Ida Marie. (2018) Sammendrag av doktorgradsavhandlinger. Duties and Privileges: an Ethnographic study of Discipline as Relational Practice in two urban Chinese Kindergartens. 2018. Barn (2).
  • Lyså, Ida Marie; McNeish, John Andrew. (2009) The Brutal Freedom of Street Life Challenges in Assisting Street Children out of Street Life. 2009.