Background and activities

My research mainly takes a discourse analytical perspective and addresses the interactive work of adult learning and subjectification in everyday practices (e.g. education, family life, the media, popular culture). Recently I have investigated family life and parenting as lifelong learning practices, and I am currently working on the pedagogics of lifestyle change portrayed in popular culture. I am interested in methodological debates on qualitative research, for instance, the socially interactive aspects of ethnographies and interviews, analysis and reflexivity. I regularly conduct reviews for several international journals, and I am a member of the editorial advisory board for Pedagogy, Culture and Society.

Together with some colleagues I run the Discourse Seminar where researchers within various research fields come together to analyse interactional data:

I have initiated the research group Learning in Everyday Practices focusing on learning beyond formal education:

I am also part of a research group highlighting the role of dialogue in adult learning and counselling practices:

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


  • Aarsand, Liselott; Aarsand, Pål. (2012) Familjeliv och lärande. Studentlitteratur AB. 2012. ISBN 978-91-44-07809-0.
  • Assarsson Aarsand, Liselott; Håland, Erna; Tønseth, Christin; Tøsse, Sigvart. (2011) Voksne, læring og kompetanse. Gyldendal Akademisk. 2011. ISBN 978-82-05-41680-2.

Part of book/report

  • Aarsand, Liselott; Aarsand, Pål. (2019) Doing Data Analysis – Collaboration, Creativity and Critique. Doing Educational Research — Overcoming Challenges In Practice.
  • Aarsand, Liselott. (2015) Confessional talk on parenting. Foucault and a Politics of Confession in Education.
  • Aarsand, Liselott. (2013) Föräldraidentiteter och (själv)disciplineringens dynamik. Lärandets Mångfald. Om vuxenpedagogik och folkbildning.
  • Aarsand, Liselott. (2012) Föräldraskapets noviser, erfarna och expertis. Familjeliv och lärande.
  • Assarsson Aarsand, Liselott; Aarsand, Pål. (2012) Lärandepraktiker i familjen. Familjeliv och lärande.
  • Assarsson Aarsand, Liselott; Aarsand, Pål. (2012) Med lärandeblick på familjers vardagsliv. Familjeliv och lärande.
  • Assarsson Aarsand, Liselott. (2011) Foreldreskapets identitetsarbeid - om media som ressurs i voksnes læring. Voksne, læring og kompetanse.