Anna-Karin LarssonTitle: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Law, Psychology and Social Work
Phone: +46 19 303814
Room: L2459, E2210
About Anna-Karin Larsson
Anna-Karin Larsson (Frih) is a historian and senior lecturer in social work. After her PhD dissertation in 2007, she has primarily been working as an administrator/advisor in the central university administration and with investigations on behalf of the Swedish Parliament and the Ministry of Culture.
Since 2015, she has been acting as deputy Head of School at the School of Law, Psychology and Social Work at Örebro University, as well as researchers and teachers in Social work.
Anna-Karin Larsson's research areas are in the history of medicine, gender and childhood history, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her dissertation The Girl in Medicine (2007) dealt with medical conceptions about children, adolescents, gender, health and morbidity around the turn of the century. Health surveys in schools of children and youth were also examined in the study as well as how the sick were treated and diagnosed in spas and health resorts in the country.
Recent research projects have focused on youth mental health from the 1970s to our days. In the research project Youth mental health in Swedish medical literature 1970-2017, the view on the mental health of children and young people is examined from a gender perspective. The study examines how mental illness and psychosocial problems have been explained, whether questions, problems and explanations have changed over time, and how girls and boys' ill-health is presented. The ambition has been to gain in-depth knowledge of how medical knowledge relates to the historical context and interacts with other political and social discourses. The project has been carried out within the framework of the interdisciplinary research program The three-cities study.
Anna-Karin Larsson teaches courses in theory of science and research methods and supervises bachelor's theses.
Collaborations and assignments
The research network FlickForsk! - Nordic Network for Girlhood Studies, which is based at the Umeå Center for Gender Studies (UCGS), was launched in 2008. Anna-Karin Larsson was one of the initiators and participated as one of five members of the steering committee for the network for the first ten years.
Anna-Karin Larsson is one of the trainers within the European organization EARMA's education program Certificate in Research Management with a focus on Gender and Diversity in Research Management.