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Charlotte Melander

Senior lecturer

Charlotte Melander
Senior lecturer
charlotte.melander@socwork.gu.se
+46 31 786 6384

Room number: K206
Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 23 , 41123 Göteborg


Department of Social Work (More Information)
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg
www.socwork.gu.se
socarb@socwork.gu.se
Fax: +46 31 786 1888
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 25 , 411 23 Göteborg

About Charlotte Melander

Background
Charlotte Melander has a PhD in Social Work from Gothenburg University 2009 and a bachelor degree in social work from Lund University 1997. She has since 2009 been working as a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Social Work Gothenburg University.

Research
Charlotte´s main research interests is on migrant families and their children within a transnational social context. The focus of her research has been on care and social support within migrant families and their wider social network locally and transnationally, on the reception of unaccompanied children in the Gothenburg region and on children as young carers in Sweden.

Collaboration
On an international level Charlotte is a member of the Nordic research network significant others financed by the Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS). On a national level she is part of the research network Social work and migration financed by FORTE 2019-2022 and The Swedish Network for Family and Kinship Studies. She is also connected to research networks on migration, transnationalism and diaspora studies coordinated by institutions as Nordic IMER, Nordic Migration and the Department of Social antropology Stockholm University.

On a local level Charlotte is coordinating a network of researchers and social workers interested in the field of social work and migration at Gothenburg University and HV – University West. She is also connected to CGM – Centre of Global Migration at Gothenburg University. Charlotte has since several years also been a coordinator and now a staff representant for the Department of Social Work in a reference group for civil society organisations (RIO) working with social work in Gothenburg.

Current research projects

  • Transnational childhoods: building of significant relationships among Polish and Romanian migrant children after reunification with parents in Sweden

    During 2019-2021 Charlotte will be working with two new research projects. One of them is Transnational childhoods funded by FORTE (2019-2021). Professor Ingrid Höjer is the projectleader and Charlotte Melander och Oksana Shmulyar Gréen will together explore the ways in which migrant children and young people re-define and create significant social relationships in local and transnational social spaces. This study draws upon qualitative interviews with children and young people who were between 10 and 18 years old when they came to Sweden from Poland and Romania, and who have stayed in the country for at least one year. Other methods to be employed are different visual methods as network-maps and life-lines as well as photographs and drawings.
     
  • Where do I belong and who do I care about?: experiences of mobility, care and negotiation of belonging among children of East European EU workers' in Sweden

    This research project in which Charlotte will be a co-researcher and Oksana Shmulyar Gréen from the department of sociology and work science Gothenburg university is the project leader, is funded by the Swedish research council VR (2019-2021). The study aims to contribute to an understanding of how children and young people themselves navigate the EU mobility space and the ways in which they construct a sense of belonging locally and transnationally. The empirical data for this explorative project will be collected using the SCB’s new database on children and their families in Sweden, as well as focus groups, qualitative interviews and participatory activities in places where the children and youngsters feel that they belong to.


Finished research projects

  • Care-giving arrangements in the enlarged Europe: migrants’ parental strategies and the role of institutonal context in Sweden. 2015-2018. Charlotte was a co-researcher in this study together with Ingrid Höjer, professor in social work and project leader and Oksana Shmulyar Green, PhD in sociology
     
  • A study on young carers in Sweden. During 2014-2015 Charlotte was involved in a study on young carers in Sweden together with Monica Nordenfors, Phd in social work who was the projectleader and Kristian Daneback, professor in social work. The Swedish national authority Socialstyrelsen financed the project.
     
  • A study on the reception of Unaccompanied minors in the Gothenburg region in Sweden. From the 1st of July 2011 until the 31th of December 2012 Charlotte worked half time as a researcher in a research and development project on the reception of unaccompanied minors in the Gothenburg region in Sweden. The project was financed by the European Refugee fund together with 13 citycouncils in the Gothenburg region (GR). The project owner was a research unit called FoU i Väst (Research and development in West) Göteborgsregionens kommunalförbund placed in Gothenburg. The final report was published in Swedish in 2013.
     
  • IPS – Immigrants, Police and Social Work. Charlotte was working as a researcher in a research- and development project financed by the European Integration Fund during the period 2010-07-01 - 2011-04-31. Five European countries participated in the project. The projectpartner in Sweden was the Department of Sociology Gothenburg university and project leader Jan Carle. The aim was to contribute to the effective education of European police officers and social workers and promoting education within a multicultural context where these examples of the good and most promising practices can be used as case studies.
     
  • PhD thesis Within Transnational and Local Social Worlds – Social support exchange and strategies for earning a living among Swedish-Somalis. The aim of the study was to describe and analyse the exchange of social support within the social network of Swedish-Somalis within and outside of Sweden. The aim was also to describe and analyse their strategies to earn a living within and outside of Sweden.
     

Teaching
Charlotte is teaching at both a bachelor and a master level in courses focusing on social work and migration, family, children and parenting, antiracist social work, and a transnational perspective on families and social work. She is supervising students at a bachelor-, master- and PhD levels.
 

 

Latest publications

Transnational care strategies of Eastern European migrant parents in Sweden
Oksana Shmulyar Gréen, Charlotte Melander
9th Congress of the ESFR, Families through the lens of diversity, 5-8 September 2018, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Den speciella situationen för ensamkommande barn i skolan
Live Stretmo, Charlotte Melander
Kästen-Ebeling, Gilda och Otterup, Tore (red.) En bra början – mottagande och introduktion av nyanlända elever, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Parenting and mobility in the EU: constructing dependency and civic stratification through the EU family benefits in Sweden
Oksana Shmulyar Gréen, Charlotte Melander
Troubling Times for Europe? Families, Migration and Politics Conference. Krakow, Poland: 3-4 June 2016, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Barn och unga som utövar omsorg
Monica Nordenfors, Charlotte Melander
Växjö, Nka Linnéuniversitetet, Book 2016
Book

Ensamkommande barn och transnationellt socialt arbete
Charlotte Melander
Montesino N. & Righard E. (Red.) Socialt arbete och migration, Malmö, Gleerup, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

Unga omsorgsgivare
Monica Nordenfors, Charlotte Melander, Kristian Daneback
Vem ska betala för det obetalda omsorgsarbetet? - om socialt hållbar utveckling, Malmö, Malmö stad, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

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2018

Transnational care strategies of Eastern European migrant parents in Sweden
Oksana Shmulyar Gréen, Charlotte Melander
9th Congress of the ESFR, Families through the lens of diversity, 5-8 September 2018, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Den speciella situationen för ensamkommande barn i skolan
Live Stretmo, Charlotte Melander
Kästen-Ebeling, Gilda och Otterup, Tore (red.) En bra början – mottagande och introduktion av nyanlända elever, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

2017

2016

Parenting and mobility in the EU: constructing dependency and civic stratification through the EU family benefits in Sweden
Oksana Shmulyar Gréen, Charlotte Melander
Troubling Times for Europe? Families, Migration and Politics Conference. Krakow, Poland: 3-4 June 2016, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Barn och unga som utövar omsorg
Monica Nordenfors, Charlotte Melander
Växjö, Nka Linnéuniversitetet, Book 2016
Book

2015

Ensamkommande barn och transnationellt socialt arbete
Charlotte Melander
Montesino N. & Righard E. (Red.) Socialt arbete och migration, Malmö, Gleerup, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

Unga omsorgsgivare
Monica Nordenfors, Charlotte Melander, Kristian Daneback
Vem ska betala för det obetalda omsorgsarbetet? - om socialt hållbar utveckling, Malmö, Malmö stad, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

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