In society, there are institutions and power structures that affect the quality of life in various situations. Physical impairment can lead to disability, which in turn presents a challenge in terms of participation, involvement in society and health equality. Individual support structures, social and physical access, and the knowledge base and training of professionals and the work they do are some of the factors that are of significance in the ability to secure equality in terms of quality of life. Other influencing factors are norms, social policies, social movements, and the agency individuals and those close to them. An important task for research into disability is analysing the interaction between the individual and society, such as the interaction between the welfare state, civil society and people with disabilities. Disability research at the Department of Social Work is multidisciplinary, based on the social and behavioural field, and conducted by researchers as well as doctoral students.
Central topics for disability and rehabilitation
Changes in the welfare state's organisation and professions
Social policy initiatives, and collaboration between different social stakeholders and professions are studied.
Civil society and participatory research
Issues and research into influence, participation and self-organisation for people with disabilities. Research is conducted on collaboration with the disability movement, among other involved parties.
Higher education and work
Opportunities and obstacles encountered by people with disabilities in higher education and working life.
Individuals' experiences of parenthood and everyday life, plus social aspects of using assistance and technical aids.
Conceptions of the body and its materiality linked to normality and visible and/or hidden disabilities.
How various power structures, such as gender, class, age, sexuality and ethnicity intersect with disability.
Social psychiatry is a main, multidisciplinary area of study. Research in this field has its roots in a number of research traditions, such as social work, psychiatry aimed at recovery, cultural psychiatry, sociological social psychiatry and phenomenological psychiatry. The aim of research into various phenomena within social psychiatry is to reveal what is meant by mental ill health in its social context and to relate its results to discussions of ethics, nosology, social cognition, recovery, social exclusion, stigma, welfare structures, epidemiology, prevention, substance abuse, migration, culture, society and the human condition.
In order to clarify and address how social factors relate to the user's own perspective of mental ill health, social exclusion and the meaning of recovery, qualitative research initiatives have a dominant position within social psychiatric research. Statistical investigations have also been highlighted in order to highlight the vulnerability of certain groups to mental ill health and social marginalisation. In other words, a critical approach is taken in the field of social psychiatric research to the respective limitations of scientific and philosophical methods.
Ongoing research projects in social psychiatry
Social Cognition and Phenomenological Psychiatry
Social Psychiatry as a Human Science and Recovery-Oriented Practice
Ongoing research projects in other fields
Rejected bodies. Participation and Exclusion in Mainstream Physical Education, Grade 9, From a (Dis)ability and Gender Perspective
Accessibility and its Resistance. Everyday deviations from spatial and social practicability for persons with disabilities