PhD, MSc., BSc.

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Texts & Writing


Knezevic, Z., Eriksson, M. & Heikkilä, M. (forthcoming) “De/gendering Violence and Racialising Blame in Swedish Child Welfare – What Has Childhood Got to Do with It?” Journal of Gender-Based Violence.

(2020) “Social change in developmental times? On ‘changeability’ and the uneven timings of child welfare interventions”. Time & Society, 29(4): 1040-1060.

Knezevic, Z. (2020) “Speaking bodies – Silenced Voices: Child Protection and the knowledge culture of ‘evidencing’”. Global Studies of Childhood.

(2020) Child (Bio)Welfare and Beyond: Intersecting Injustices in Childhoods and Swedish Child Welfare. PhD dissertation. School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University.

(2020) “A Cry for Care But not Justice: Embodied Vulnerabilities and the Moral Economy of Child Welfare”. Affilia, 35(2), 231–245.

(2017) “Amoral, im/moral and dis/loyal: Children’s moral status in child welfare”. Childhood, 24(4), 470–484.

Other (academic)

(2012) From Asylum back to Futurity: A Study on Former Asylum Seekers in Sweden and Their Years-Long Struggles against Temporal Stasis. MA thesis. Department of Gender Studies, Lund University.

(2008) No Man’s Land? En fallstudie av Zene Zenama – en gränsöverskridande kvinnoorganisation. Bachelor’s thesis. Department of Gender Studies, Lund University.

Popular Science, Essay, Commentary, Documentary

(2017) “Sara Ahmed, feministiskt snap och överlevnad”. MANA – Ljud, 2017(1).

(2017) “Antirasismens soundtrack”. MANA – Ljud, 2017(1)  

(2016) Obegripliga barn?”. MANA – Barn, 2016(4)

(2016) “Inre kamp”. MANA – Barn, 2016(4)

(2016) “I tid och otid för asyl”. MANA – Tid, 2016(2-3).

Reviewing & Editing

2018 Reviewer for the journal Childhood.  

2016-2020 Member of the editorial board of the magazine MANA (editor, freelance writer, photography, translation, etc.)


Swedish, English, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (mother tongue), German (basic level), understand Danish and Norwegian

Conference presentations

(2019) “Surviving as a Critical Scholar in the Academia: Challenges & Affirmative Approaches” g19 Rethinking Knowledge Regimes – Solidarities and Contestations, Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research Gothenburg, Sweden, 7-9 October.

(2018) “Speaking Bodies – Silenced Voices: Children’s Embodied Vulnerabilities and the Moral Economies of Child Welfare”. TISSA, The International Social Work & Society Academy, Social Work and Solidarity: In Search of New Paradigms. Ljubljana, Slovenia, August 19-22.

(2016) “Barns Behov i Centrum: Ett Ramverk med Barns Kunskap i Fokus?” Doktorandernas dag, Mälardalens högskola. Västerås, Sweden, March 10.

(2016) “Bridging the Gap between Feminist Philosophy and Childhood Studies: Conceptualisations of Knowledge and Children’s Epistemic Status”, Feminist Philosophy: Time & History, Nordic Summer University. Umeå University, Sweden, 15-17 March 2016

(2016) “Re/considering the Comparative – Child protection and Epistemic Cultures: The Case of Swedish BBIC”. European Conference for Social Work Research, Catholic University of Portugal. Lisbon, Portugal, 30/3-1/4.

(2015) “Children Exposed to Violence in a Cross-Cultural ‘Translation’ between Child Welfare Assessment Models – From British ICS to Swedish BBIC”. European Conference on Domestic Violence, Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland, 6th-9th September.


2020/08-2020/03 Social anthropology, Stockholm University

2014-2020 Research studies (PhD programme), in social work, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University.  

2013 Freestanding course: Visual Culture: The City – Boundary Transgressions and Visual Expressions, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Lund University

2009–2012 MSc. Gender Studies master in social sciences and the humanities. Department of Gender Studies, Lund University (Sweden) and Utrecht University (the Netherlands).  

2005–2008 BSc. Programme in Gender Studies, with Political Science as 1-year optional profile. Department of Gender Studies, Lund University, Sweden.

Other training

2020 Konsten i samhället (Art course “Art in the society”), Folkhögskolan i Angered.

2014 Antidiskriminerande rekryterings-metoder (Anti-discriminatory recruitment methods – a “how-to” course towards more inclusive organisations), Interfem, Stockholm.

Qualitative Methods (education and experience)

-Ethnographic methods and interviews


-Policy analysis

-Discourse and text analysis

-Case study

Examples of the work I do:

-Research and research assistance

-Writing scientific articles, reports, essays, in Swedish and English

-Start-ups (projects, groups, activities, seminars

-Needs mapping and evaluations

-Teaching and presentations, in Swedish and English

-Ethnographic interviewing and fieldwork

-Research at the intersection of gender studies * critical childhood studies * postcolonial studies * (medical) anthropology * child welfare social work * philosophy of childhood