Katarina Gustafson

senior lecturer at Department of Education

+4618-471 2450
Visiting address:
von Kraemers allé 1 A
752 37 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 2136
750 02 Uppsala

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Associate professor in Education, senior lecturer in Child and Youth Studies

My research field is timespatial aspects and mobility in childhood, children's everyday lives and identity work.

I teach in Child and Youth Studies on basic and advanced level as well as in preschool- and teacher training education.

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My research field is

children´s everyday lives and identity work within families, schools, leisure and neighbourhoods. Starting point is children’s agency and time-spatial aspects in childhoods. I study phenomena as mobile preschools, children's and youth's daily life in school, urban childhoods, segregation.local school market and children’s mobility.

In my research I together with traditional ethnographical research methods as participating observations and interviews also work with children’s own documentations as narratives, photo, maps etc.

I participate in following research groups

Studies in Childhood, Learning and Identities as Interactive Practices, CLIP http://forskning.edu.uu.se/clip/

Ongoing research projects

Project leader for the project: A citywide classroom: Time-spatial aspects of a mobile preschool pedagogy, a longitudinal study in cooperation with PhD Danielle van der Burgt. (finansied by VR, Swedish Research Council)

Mobility, informal learning and citizenship in mobile preschools. In cooperation with PhD Danielle van der Burgt. (finansied by RJ, The Swedish Foundation of Humanities and Social Sciences)

Work with children in need of special support in independant schools. (Fristående skolors arbete med elever i behov av särskilt stöd.) In cooperation with professor Ann-Carita Evaldsson, Uppsala universitet and professor Claes Nilholm, Malmö Högskola (finansied by the Swedish Research Council)


I am responsible for and teach in courses in Child and Youth Studies, on basic and advanced level. I also teach in different courses within the preschool- and teacher training education.


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