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Björn Andersson

Senior Lecturer

Björn Andersson
Senior Lecturer

Department of Social Work (More Information)
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 1888
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 25 , 411 23 Göteborg

About Björn Andersson

Areas of expertise
I am primarily working in relation to four different subject areas:

  • Social work focusing on outreach approach, prevention work, social pedagogy and social mobilization
  • Spatial and social aspects of public life
  • Young people and youth questions
  • Housing and the social relations of neighbourhoods

Research interest/finished projects
I have taken part in several studies concerning issues of housing, suburban social life and community work. I have also carried out several evaluations of youth work projects. My thesis was about young people's movements in public areas and their appropriation of public space.

During recent years I have been working on studies of prevention work in schools and also drug prevention activities in public entertainments and pleasure. Currently I am completing research on how a number of secondary schools in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö are working with social prevention in connection to drugs.

I have also recently written an overview over outreach work with adults and young adults in Sweden.

Current Research Project
Currently I am the project leader for a research project called "The social life of parks and squares". It is a three-year study (2009-2011), funded by the Swedish Research Council. The research focuses on the informal interaction between various groups who meet in public places. The empirical basis of the study is two public areas in Gothenburg where people have different views on how the actual site should be defined and used.

The purpose is to gain knowledge about how public life serve as a foundation for social experience of other groups, and how these experiences affect attitudes and actions.

Furthermore, we investigate which role the sense of security/insecurity plays when people form knowledge of one another and how this affects the ability to develop sustainable social relations.

My pedagogical experiences comprise all levels of the Social Work education. Mainly I work with courses focusing social pedagogy, empowerment and social work with young people.

I have been course coordinator for a number of courses and served as director of studies in two periods. Member of the department board for several periods and I have participated in a number of co-operative groups within the department and the faculty.

The international collaboration involves several countries among them: Uruguay, Russia, South Africa and Britain.

Selected publications before 2002:

Andersson B (1983): Ett elevprojekt i Hammarkullen. Forskningsstiftelsen för Samhällsplanering, byggnadsplanering och projektering, rapport 1.83.
Andersson B (1985): Ungdomsårens historia i Lundmark L-E & Stridsman K (red) Se'n kommer en annan tid. Stockholm: Liber
Andersson B & Olsson S (1986): Att förändra förorten. Byggforskningsrådet R30:1986
Andersson B, Jonasson K & Olsson S (1988): Experimenthuset i Järnbrott. Stockholm: Byggforskningsrådet T8:1988
Andersson B (1989): Hålabäck – utvärdering av ett om¬rådsarbete. Stockholm: RSFH:s förlag.
Andersson B (1992): Ungdomars deltagande i Sundh K & Turunen P Social mobilisering. Stockholm: Publica
Andersson B (1995): Strul-projektet. Institutionen för socialt arbete, Göteborgs universitet.
Andersson B (1997): Angeredsfestivalen. Institutionen för socialt arbete, Göteborgs universitet.

Latest publications

Corona hotar förvärra svenska bostadskrisen. 108 forskare: Sveriges regering och kommuner måste förhindra en katastrof.
Abdellah Abarkan, Jimmie Andersén, Björn Andersson, Roger Andersson, Karin Backvall et al.
Aftonbladet, Newspaper article 2020
Newspaper article

Do youth policies matter? National and local youth policies as contexts of youth participation
P. Loncle, M. Cuconato, D. Tuorto, Björn Andersson
Young People and the Struggle for Participation. Andreas Walther, Janet Batsleer, Patricia Loncle, Axel Pohl (red.), London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

Young people’s appropriation of public space: Participation through voice, sociability and activity
Björn Andersson, C. Reutlinger, P. Roth, D. Zimmermann
Young People and the Struggle for Participation. Andreas Walther, Janet Batsleer, Patricia Loncle, Axel Pohl (red.), London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

Skador och riskgrupper i hem- och boendemiljöer: populärvetenskaplig rapport
Jörgen Lundälv, Inga Malmqvist, Charlotta Thodelius, Hans Ekbrand, Björn Andersson et al.
MSB, Göteborgs universitet, Chalmers, Report 2019

"You can't be up there" - youth cultural participation and appropriation of space.
Björn Andersson, Yağmur Mengilli, Axel Pohl, Ch Reutlinger, Christian Reutlinger
Diskurs Kindheits- und Jugendforschung, Journal article 2019
Journal article

The relationship between youth work and social work in Sweden
Björn Andersson
The History of Youth Work in Europe: Youth work and social work, Volume 6, Strasbourg, Council of Europe Publishing, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Fringe Work - Street-level Divergence in Swedish Youth Work
Björn Andersson
The Sage Handbook of Youth Work Practice, London, SAGE, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Injury Prevention in Institutional Settings in Sweden
Charlotta Thodelius, Björn Andersson, Jörgen Lundälv, Inga Malmqvist
Mathiasen N. & Frandsen A. K. (eds.) ARCH17, 3rd International Conference on Architecture, Research, Care and Health. Conference Proceedings, Copenhagen, Polyteknisk forlag, Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

Sociala aspekter på skador hos utsatta grupper – förebyggande arbete och vikten av uppföljning
Jörgen Lundälv, Charlotta Thodelius, Björn Andersson
Socionomdagarna 2017 – Mötesplats för kvalificerat socialt arbete 18-19 oktober 2017 på Stockholmsmässan, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

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Rumslig och social exkludering.
Frida Petersson, Björn Andersson
En stad för alla – den komplexa hemlösheten och medborgarnas tillgång till staden. Göteborg: 17 oktober , Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Stackare eller skurk – från myndighetsbedömning till anhörigrelation
Björn Andersson, Anette Skårner
Andersson B., Petersson F., Skårner A. (red.). Den motspänstiga akademikern: festskrift till Ingrid Sahlin , Malmö, Égalité, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book


Service User Involvement and Participation. Partispace – Formal, non-formal and informal possibilities of young people's participation in European cities
Björn Andersson, Susanne Liljeholm Hansson
Service Users Engagement and Holistic Approaches to Social Work – a research symposium, 27th–28th of Oct. 2016, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Injury events in residential areas - risk groups and etiological factors for falling, cutting and poisoning.
Hans Ekbrand, Robert Ekman, Charlotta Thodelius, Jörgen Lundälv, Björn Andersson et al.
Injury Prevention - Safety 2016 World Conference 18-21 September 2016 in Tampere, Finland., Poster 2016

Social sustainability in residential solutions
Björn Andersson, Sten Gromark
Paper proceedings, Sustainable Housing 2016, Porto, Portugal, Conference paper 2016
Conference paper

Mapping Youth Participation
Björn Andersson, Susanne Liljeholm Hansson, Zulmir Becevic
Nordic Youth Reserch Symposium, Youth Moves – Voices – Spaces – Subjectivities, 15th–17th of June 2016, Trollhättan, Sweden , Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Support or withdraw? – the ambivalent position of people who have persons with drug abuse in the close family.
Björn Andersson, Anette Skårner
Conference on social work research. Lund, School of Social Work: 23-24 May 2016, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

The rise and fall of injury prevention programs in Sweden.
Hans Ekbrand, Robert Ekman, Charlotta Thodelius, Jörgen Lundälv, Björn Andersson et al.
Oral presentation at the 2ned Nordic Meeting, Society for Risk Analysis Europe, in Gothenburg 14-15 november, 2016., Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

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