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Child Rights Institute at Lund University

A network-based organisation at Lund University focusing on Child Rights
This research network has an overarching aim – with a point of departure in the Child Rights Convention – to act for and support the Rights of the Child in different contexts, national and international, in research, in education or in other relevant practices concerning the Rights of the Child.

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Child Rights Institute is a network with three tasks

Child Rights Institute at Lund University (CRi @ LU) is a multidisciplinary organisation active within the area of ”Child Rights”. CRi @ LU has three main tasks:

  • Research
  • Network support
  • Education in Child Rights

Knowledge exchange and cross-border research applications

CRI @ LU aims to gather researchers in this field of knowledge to stimulate and to support new and continued research with a point of departure in the Convention of the Rights of the Child.

We want to promote national and international knowledge exchange and both keep in touch with and support researchers, educators and networks at Lund University with our knowledge in the area of ​​child rights and children's living conditions in society.

Another task is cooperation in order to promote and support research, recognising and visualising the child's perspective in different contexts – family, health, social processes – and bringing together that perspective with our knowledge of child development in order to promote the well-being of children.

The network also wants to stimulate and support cross-border education and research applications in this field.

National and international education

CRi @ LU will also work to develop education in the field of Child Rights - nationally as well as internationally. We will for instance work with internet based courses or perhaps MOOCs (massive open online courses). Education may also include Minor Field Studies (MFS), initiatives for teacher and student exchange, master's courses focusing on children and child rights, and supporting contact between research, education and practice.

Multidisciplinary research

We aim to encourage teachers and researchers from Lund University's different faculties to participate. Currently there are researchers from four faculties active at CRi @ LU (Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculties of Humanities & Theology, Faculty of Medicine). The ambition is for CRi @ LU to encourage multidisciplinary activities, based in social science perspectives.

Facebook networking

Get in touch with 300 change agents in 28 countries who are working with CRC (the Convention on the Rights of the Child Child) within education. Go to the facebook group Global Network for CRC Change Agents.

You are welcome to join the group!


Autumn 2018

Apart from the autumn seminars the Child Rights Institute is currently working on an Anthology book on Child Rights, the Global Child Rights Online platform including 16 countries in the Global South, as well as several Education and Cooperation Projects on Child Rights Practice in Sweden.

Current seminars

Welcome to our Autumn seminars focusing on new research ideas regarding the implementation and use of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which most likely will be implemented as a new Swedish law in January 2020.

Lund University is the only university in the Nordic countries to have a Child Rights Institute. 

We gather researchers from five university faculties and see this as a major and strong reason to create new research proposals together.

Autumn 2018, focusing on new research ideas on child rights!

This autumn we want to discuss ideas that could be developed for the Spring applications 2019 at the research councils.

  • 26 November
    Open to all!
    Please e-mail Per Wickenberg per [dot] wickenberg [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se or Kerstin Svensson kerstin [dot] svensson [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se if you would like to participate.

    Continued discussions about research proposals.

    Time: 13:15
    Place: PLEASE NOTE THE PLACE: Portvaktsstugan in House M (Hus M), Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14 M, Lund University, Lund


Welcome to our seminars!
Kerstin Svensson, Per Wickenberg, Lina Ponnert and Anna Sonander

Researchers and contact information

Per Wickenberg, Sociology of law
+46 (0)46-222 88 15
per [dot] wickenberg [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se

Kerstin Svensson, School of Social Work
+46 (0)46-222 04 61
kerstin [dot] svensson [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se

Faculty of Social Sciences
Kerstin Svensson, School of Social Work
Lina Ponnert, School of Social Work
Susanna Johansson, School of Social Work
Bodil Rasmusson, School of Social Work
Maria Heintz, School of Social Work
Eva Johnsson, School of Social Work
Per Wickenberg, Sociology of law
Anna Sonander, Sociology of law
Patrik Olsson, Sociology of law
Rustamjon Urinboyev, Sociology of law
Isabel Schoultz, Sociology of law
Ida Nafstad, Sociology of law
Måns Svensson, Sociology of law
Ulf Leo, Sociology of Law
Elia Psouni, Psychology
Elinor Schad, Psychology
Gisela Priebe, Psychology
Sabina Gusic, Psychology
Helle Rydström, Gender Studies
Ann-Katrin Bäcklund, Human Geography
Dalia Abdelhady, CME, Sam fak, LU
Johanna von Bahr, Political Science (SU)
Mimi Petersen, Metropol, Köbenhavn
Zlatana Knezevic, Malmö University (MDH)

Faculty of Law
Titti Mattsson, Juridicum, Lund University
Kristian Gustafsson, Juridicum, Lund University
Sacharias Votinius, Juridicum, Lund University

Raoul Wallenberg Institute
Ilhami Alkan Olsson, Director Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Istanbul

Faculties of Humanities & Theology
Anna Flyman Mattsson, Centre for Languages and Literature (LU)
Annika Andersson, Centre for Languages and Literature (LNU)
Sara Lenninger, Centre for Languages and Literature (HKR)

Faculty of Medicine
Vanja Berggren, Institutionen för hälsovetenskaper
Anna-Karin Dykes, Institutionen för hälsovetenskaper
Marie Köhler, Region Skåne och Medicinska fakulteten
Louise Laurell, Region Skåne
Ann Elmqvist-Fridh, Region Skåne
Irén Tiberg, Institutionen för hälsovetenskaper

Faculty of engineering LTH
Per-Olof Hedvall, Certec

Practitioners at LU within the field of child rights
Emma Alfredsson, Child Rights Programme, LUCE
Deana Nannskog Ekberg, Child Rights Programme, LUCE
Charlotte Palmstierna, Socialdepartementet, Sociology of Law


Within the Child Rights Institute @LU the Sociology of Law Department collaborates with:

Sociology of Law Department
Lund University
Visiting address: Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14 M, 3rd floor, 223 62 Lund, SWEDEN
Postal address: Box 42, 221 00 Lund, SWEDEN

Faculty of Social Sciences