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Maria Moberg Stephenson

Title: Lecturer School/office: School of Law, Psychology and Social Work


Phone: +46 19 301285

Room: L2358

Maria Moberg Stephenson
Research subject

About Maria Moberg Stephenson

Maria Moberg Stephenson has a PhD in Social Work. She has previous training in Social Anthropology and Anthropology and Cultural Politics.


Maria Moberg Stephenson's research focuses on young people who have applied for asylum in Sweden without legal guardians and are placed in kinship care with relatives or other people within their kinship networks. She studies constructions of the young people's situations and needs, and what consequences the constructions can have for social work. She also studies the young people's own perspectives on place, relationships, everyday life, and belonging. 

Her research interests involve youth research, belonging, place, borders, migration, gender, and critical social work. 


Maria Moberg Stephenson teaches at the social work programme, currently in term 2 and the course Social Work and Social Policy for a Sustainable Future. She also supervises bachelor and master dissertations. 


Maria Moberg Stephenson is an active member in Social Work in Times of Migration – a National Research Network, which is a network with 25 researchers and PhD students from different universities in Sweden studying social work and migration. 



Articles in journals |  Chapters in books |  Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries |  Reports | 

Articles in journals

Moberg Stephenson, M. (2021). Becoming a good citizen: non-governmental organisation social work with ‘unaccompanied’ young people in kinship care. Critical and radical social work An international journal, 9 (3), 405-420.
Moberg Stephenson, M. & Källström, Å. (2020). Making sense of places: Belonging among “unaccompanied” young migrants in kinship care in a Swedish suburb. Child & Family Social Work, 25 (4), 742-750.

Chapters in books

Moberg Stephenson, M. & Herz, M. (2021). Konstruktioner av behov och utsatthet hos "ensamkommande" unga i nätverksahem. In: Jesper Johansson; Åsa Söderqvist Forkby; Ulrika Wernesjö, Rasism, antirasism och socialt arbete i spåren av migration (pp. 185-210). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB.
Hellfeldt, K. , Thunberg, S. & Moberg Stephenson, M. (2019). Barn och unga som brottsoffer. In: Björn Johansson & Åsa Källström, Barns och ungas utsatthet: Våld och kränkningar i barns och ungas relationer (pp. 107-124). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB.

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries

Moberg Stephenson, M. (2021). From Young Migrants to "Good Swedes": Belonging and the Manifestations of Borders and Boundaries in NGO Social Work. (Doctoral dissertation). (Comprehensive summary) Örebro: Örebro University.


Källström, Å. & Moberg Stephenson, M. (2019). Hur SOS Barnbyars mentorprogram motsvarar unga migranters behov och förväntningar. Örebro: Örebro University (Working Papers and Reports 15).