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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.


Three happy children.
Foto:, användare simple_tunchi0.

The network's 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!


Current seminars

Autumn 2017

Socialhögskolan, Bredgatan 26, Lund

Welcome to our autumn seminars giving different aspects and perspectives on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Child Rights arranged by Child Rights Institute, CRI @ LU, Lund University.

The seminars will be based on themes connected to the Rights of the Child in practice and in research.

  • 13 October
    Open to all!

    New book by Jason Robjoy, barrister, Blackstone Chambers, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. Jason will introduce his book "Refugee Children and Law" (Cambridge University Press).

    This seminar is a cooperation between the Raul Wallenberg Institute (RWI), the Human Rights Hub at Lunds University och the Child Rights Institute, CRi @ LU, Lunds University.

    Time and place: 14:00–16:00, room 206 i Universitetshuset, Lund University, Lund


  • 9 November
    Open to all!

    Three interesting and topical themes from the Faculty od Medicine:
    - Health in newly arrived with a focus on children adopted from abroad.
    - Meeting Health Care Needs in Child Maltreatment cases at Middle Skåne Children’s Advocacy Centre.
    - Female genital mutilation after immigration to Sweden. New statistics on the risk of female genital mutilation and a presentaion of a new national web survey in this subject made by professionals.

    Time and place: 13:00–15:00, Edebalksalen, Socialhögskolan, Bredgatan 26, Lund University, Lund



Kerstin Svensson      Lina Ponnert      Per Wickenberg     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
Lina Ponnert, School of Social Work
Bodil Rasmusson, School of Social Work
Susanna Johansson, School of Social Work
Maria Heintz, School of Social Work
Ulf Leo, Sociology of law
Patrik Olsson, Sociology of law
Ana Maria Vargas Falla, Sociology of law
Rustamjon Urinboyev, Sociology of law
Isabel Schoultz, Sociology of law
Anna Sonander, Sociology of law
Elia Psouni, Psychology
Elinor Schad, Psychology
Agneta W. Flinck, Education
Magnus Karlsson, Sociology
Helle Rydström, Gender Studies

Faculty of Law
Titti Mattsson, Juridicum
Ilhami Alkan Olsson, guest researcher
Morten Kjaerum, föreståndare vid RWI

Faculties of Humanities & Theology
Anna Flyman Mattsson, Centre for Languages and Literature
Annika Andersson, Centre for Languages and Literature
Sara Lenninger, Centre for Languages and Literature

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

Praktiker inom barnrättsfältet
Martin Söderberg, Migrationsverket
Helene Hansen, Sociology of Law
Emma Alfredsson, Child Rights Programme
Charlotte Palmstierna, Socialdepartementet


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, 223 62 Lund, 3rd floor
Postal address: Box 42, 221 00 Lund

Faculty of Social Sciences