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Cecilia Lindgren

Associate professor, Department of Thematic Studies - Child Studies

Vice Dean, Educational Sciences

Linköping University, Sweden


Research interests

Child adoption - law, policy and practice

Parenting assessment in social work

Child politics in the Nordic welfare states

"The child’s best interest” in law, policy and practice

History of family and childhood

Children and childhood in popular culture


Research projects


"Preparing for parenthood. Adoption assessment as an institutional process." Financed by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare.


"Asessing adoption applicants. Family and parenthood norms in adoption homestudies". Finansed by the Swedish Research Council.

"Intercountry adoption in Sweden 1960-1997". Financed by the Swedish Council for working life and social research.

"Culture of origin and culture of living. The significance of culture for transnational adoptees' health and quality of life." Reserach project together with Judith Lind, Department of Child Studies and Karin Zetterqvist Nelson, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Linköping university, Sweden. Financed by the Swedish research council.

“Freedom, happiness and equality for children of the welfare states? Nordic childhoods 1900-2000”. Nordic research project together with five historians from the Nordic countries. Financed by The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (NOS-HS).


Selected publications


Lindgren, Cecilia & Sjöberg, Johanna (forthcoming, 2017) ”Transgressing and sustaining borders. The relationship between children and the elderly in Mad Men”. Will appear in Joosen, V (ed.) Connecting Childhood and Old Age: An Intermedial Study, Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi.

Lindgren, Cecilia (in press, 2017) ”Time for good parenthood. A study of intercountry adoption assessment”. In Sparrman A, Westerling A, Lind J and Dannesboe KI (eds.) Doing parenthood: Ideals and practices of parental involvement, Palgrave Macmillan.

Lind, Judith & Lindgren, Cecilia (2016) Displays of parent suitability in adoption assessment reports. Child & Family Social Work. First published July 2016, DOI:10.1111/cfs. 12305.

Lindgren, Cecilia (2015) “Ideals of parenting and childhood in the contact zone of intercountry adoption: Assessment of second-time adoption applicants in Sweden.” Childhood, 22(4): 474-489.

Lindgren, Cecilia & Zetterqvist Nelson, Karin (2014) "Here and now – there and then: Narrative time and space in intercountry adoptees’ stories about background, origin and roots" Qualitative Social Work, 13(4): 539-554.







Margareta Bäck-Wiklund, Thomas Johansson

Kapitel 12: Judith Lind och Cecilia Lindgren "Adoptivfamiljen"

Natur och kultur





Föräldraskapets politik

Helena Bergman, Maria Eriksson & Roger Klinth (red.)

Kapitel 2:  Cecilia Lindgren "Barnets väl - samhällets ansvar: Utredning av blivande adoptivföräldrar 1955-2008"

Dialogos förlag

Barnen och välfärdspolitiken




Barnen och välfärdspolitiken. Nordiska barndomar 1900-2000

Författare: Astri Andresen, Ólöf GarðarsdÓttir, Monika Janfelt, Cecilia Lindgren, Pirjo Markkola och Ingrid Söderlind.

Dialogos förlag






Internationell adoption i Sverige. Politik och praktik från sextiotal till nittiotal.

Författare: Cecilia Lindgren



Vad är problemet?



Historien, barnen och barndomarna. Vad är problemet?

Judith Lind, Cecilia Lindgren, Mats Sjöberg, Karin Zetterqvist Nelson (red.)

Bokakademin AB, Linköping




"A real family. Adoption, parenthood and the child's best interest 1917-1975."

Författare:  Cecilia Lindgren

Carlsson Bokförlag



senior lecturer

Telephone: 013-28 29 27

E-mail: cecilia.lindgren@liu.se

Department of Thematic Studies -
Child Studies
Linköping university
SE-581 83 Linköping


About Child studies

Child Studies is an interdisciplinary research unit focusing on issues regarding children, childhood and family in history and society. Education in Child Studies: under graduate level, master level, graduate level (Ph.D).

About Tema

The objective for Tema - The Department of Thematic Studies is to pursue excellent research and education at undergraduate and advanced levels relevant to society.

Child Studies
Gender Studies
Technology and social change
Environmental Change

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