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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?” Accepted, in 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. Master’s 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- 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

2009–2012 MSc. Master of Science program in social sciences, main subject gender studies. Department of Gender Studies, Lund University, Sweden and Utrecht University, the Netherlands (see below).  

2010/8-2011/2 Freestanding courses (Erasmus) within the Humanities, i.e. NOISE Summer School (Granada, Spain) and Research MA in Gender Studies, 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.

Academia, research, research assistance and activities

2014-2018 PhD-student position. Social Work, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University. In addition to collecting and processing research material, policy analyses, and analyses of child welfare case reports, I had the following duties:  

– Writing scientific articles

Conference presentations in English and Swedish

Involvement in research groups: BBIC and children exposed to violence; gender-based violence; Swedish Network for Family and Kinship Studies (was part of the steering committee).   

Involvement in work concerning the organisation of academia: Doctoral students committee; Ethics committee; Work environment committee; Research council (health and welfare); and Research committee (health & welfare).

2017/8-2018/12 Visiting at the Department of Social Work, Malmö University (2017/8-2018/12). Some lecturing in the course “Socialt arbete med barn, ungdomar och familjer”, participating in seminars for PhD students, presenting my own research, participating in a research group seminar series “Barn & familj”.

2018/8-2018/10 Employment as visiting scholar at Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland, Finland. Co-authoring an article about Nordic child welfare systems, coordinated a course on globalisation for social work students, teaching.    

2011-2014 Research assistant. Department of Gender studies, Lund University. Involved working in many different research projects about children, health, feminism, etc.. and with qualitative material where my main task was to transcribe interviews in English and Swedish, translating (from English to Swedish) and at some point conducting interviews. With these experiences, I learned a lot about different research themes, what it means to write to different audiences and different interviewing situations, which improved my own interviewing skills.

2009 Qualified work practice. Red Cross. Mapping and activity start-up.

Qualitative Methods (education and experience)

-Ethnographic interviewing


-Policy analysis

-Document analysis

-Discourse and text analysis

-Case study

Needs Analyses & Mapping

2019/4 Urban Studies, Malmö University. The opportunity to write a first draft and overview of the department’s research progress gave knowledge about a new field, areas of study and interesting research.

2009 The Department of Service Management and the Department of Gender Studies, Lund University. I had the task of mapping and analysing needs and write a validation report before the launch of the bachelor’s programme “Equality & Diversity Management”. The task required knowledge about how best to combine knowledges from the two different departments, identifying and interviewing alumni, prospective employers and academics in order to meet the expectations of different actors and stakeholders and to assess the program’s ‘employability’. I also created a team of consultants for the programme.    

2008 The Red Cross and Lund University. Part of my qualified work practice at the Red Cross was to map all the activities and organisations working on the prevention of gender-based violence, in the city of Malmö. This was followed by a needs analysis, which, in turn, resulted in a concrete volunteer-based activity for children who are exposed to violence as Kriscentrum Malmö, as well as recruiting and training volunteers.

Leadership/Coordination, Collaborations, Initiatives, Start-Ups

2019/1-2019/6 Division of Social work, Mälardalen University. I had the role of the coordinator in a host group which was organising a professor’s visit at the university, including a workshop on the theme of diversity that was targeted at the civil society, regional/municipal authorities and academics.

2017-2019 School of Health, Welfare and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University. Co-initiating and co-coordinating a seminar series on “Critical Theory & Methodology” for the staff at the university.

2017-2019 Mälardalen University. Co-initiating and co-coordinating a social network group for PhD students at the university.