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Staffan Höjer


Staffan Höjer
+46 31 786 1628

Room number: K316
Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 23 , 41123 Göteborg
Duties: teaching, research, international coordinator

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

About Staffan Höjer

Competences/Research area
Staffan Höjer’s PhD from year 2000 was titled “Knowledge, academication and professionalisation in social work” [Kunskapsbildning, akademisering och professionalisering i socialt arbete]. Since then he has continued with research evolving around knowledge-, organisation- and profession topics.

Current reserach project

  • 2011-2013 Laymen governance of professions – a study of local political governance of child welfare (funded by FAS)
  • IDEA: Improving Decisions through Empowerment and Advocacy: Building Children's Rights Capacity in Child Protection Systems.
    The IDEA project is a five country training project for child protection professionals on children’s rights funded by the European Commission Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers. The project has a special focus on professionals in child welfare removals proceedings in courts or court-like bodies.The project is coordinated by University College Cork (Ireland) with partners from the University of Tampere (Finland), University of Szeged (Hungary), University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and University of Tartu (Estonia). The project runs from February 2017 - January 2019.

Completed reserach project

  • 2001-2001 Privatisation in the service of professionalisation [Privatisering I professionaliseringens tjänst] (Funded by CEFOS)
  • 2003-2005 Profession-motivated privatisation [Professionsdriven privatisering] (Funded by FAS)
  • 2006-2007 Supervision for practitioners within social services and disabilities [Handledning inom individ och familjeomsorg och handikappomsorg] (Funded by FoU in West of Sweden)
  • 2006-2009 Care for sale – conditions, actors and buy-processes on the child welfare market (Funded by FAS)

A number of publications stem from these research projects, see below.


  • 2003 A part study for the evaluation of the senior research in social work in Sweden, for the Department of Higher Education. [Högskoleverkets utvärdering]
  • 2003-2008 Core board member in EUSW , European Platform for Worldwide Social Work. An Erasmus thematic network with more than 100 partners in 34 different countries.
  • 2005-2009 Corresponding editor for the Swedish social science journal [Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift]
  • 2005- Editorial board member for European Journal of Social Work.
  • 2007- Deputy editor for European Journal of Social Work
  • 2008- 2011 International coordinator at the department of social work, University of Gothenburg
  • 2009- Member of the national assessment group for the International Program Office applications for Linnaeus Palme
  • 2011- Manager for the National Research School in Social Work


Staffan Höjer has teaching experience at all university levels. Among other thing he has been teaching for many years at the International Masters programme for Social Work and Human Rights at the department. He is the supervisor for one PhD student at the department in Gothenburg. Is co-supervisor for two PhD students in social work at Makerere University in Uganda.

Guest researcher
2004 Berkley, UCLA, University of Texas at Arlington, New York University, USA
2009 Social Policy Research Unit, The University of York, England

Latest publications

Contemporary Social Development Issues in Uganda: A Critical Perspective
William Muhumuza, Staffan Höjer
Contemporary Social Development Issues in Uganda, Kampala, Uganda, Fountain Publishers, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Contemporary Social Development Issues in Uganda
William Muhumuza, Staffan Höjer
Kampala, Uganda, Fountain Publishers, Edited book 2019
Edited book

Coping with Citizens and Stress: Interaction Strategies during Public Service Delivery within Health Care, the Police, and Social Work
Stefan Szücs, Andreas Liljegren, Johan Berlin, Staffan Höjer
3rd Street-level Bureaucracy Conference, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, June 11-13., Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Motives and career choices among Ugandan social work students
Paul Bukuluki, Staffan Höjer, Birgitta Jansson
European Journal of Social Work, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Why do they stay? A study of resilient child protection workers in three European countries
Liz Frost, Staffan Höjer, Annamaria Campanini, Alessandro Sicora, Karin Kullburg
European Journal of Social Work, Journal article 2018
Journal article

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Pluralism på gott och ont. Om forskningen och den akademiska kunskapsproduktionen i socialt arbete.
Peter Dellgran, Staffan Höjer
Socialt arbete. En grundbok. Meeuwisse A, Sunesson S, Svärd H (red), Chapter in book 2006
Chapter in book


Social Work Unions and Professional Boundary Work in the Era of Privatization
Andreas Liljegren, Peter Dellgran, Staffan Höjer
European Association of Social Work Conference, Nicosia, Cypern, Maj 2005, Conference paper 2005
Conference paper

The heroine and the capitalist: The professionals´ debate about privatization of Swedish social work
Andreas Liljegren, Peter Dellgran, Staffan Höjer
The 6th Nordic Conference of FORSA (Nordic Societies for Social Work Research), 9-11 February 2006, Helsingfors, Finland, Conference paper 2005
Conference paper

Between ideology and pragmatics: Social workers unions´ in an era of privatization
Andreas Liljegren, Peter Dellgran, Staffan Höjer
7th Conference of the European Sociological Association ”Rethinking inequalities”, Torun, Polen, september 2005, Conference paper 2005
Conference paper

Forskning och praktik. Ett ständigt pågående relationsdrama.
Staffan Höjer
Forskning i praktikens tjänst. FoU rapport. FoU i Väst., Chapter in book 2005
Chapter in book

Professionlization in social work: strategies, achivements and imbalances
Peter Dellgran, Staffan Höjer
Social work in Cuba and in Sweden. Achivments and Prospects, Chapter in book 2005
Chapter in book

Sources of knowledge and the relation between research, education and practice in professional social work
Peter Dellgran, Staffan Höjer
Social work in Cuba and in Sweden. Achivments and Prospects, Chapter in book 2005
Chapter in book

Rörelser i tiden. Professionalisering och Privatisering i socialt arbete
Peter Dellgran, Staffan Höjer
Socialvetenskaplig Tidskrift, Journal article 2005
Journal article

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